By Anonymous - 22/1/2021 12:04 - Canada - Edmonton

That's a hard no, Patricia

Today, my aunt asked me to change my major to a program I’m not interested in so her depressed son, my cousin, could have a study buddy. I’m in my last year of university and have been accepted to a master’s program. FML
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By  Tara Vilk  |  6

Why is that your responsibility? I say you politely tell your Aunt that you've chosen a major of your interest and recommend that her son talk to a professional as you are unequipped to be helpful in these circumstances; a study buddy will not help with depression, but a therapist can. She can have her feelings about this and you can acknowledge and validate them while still holding strong to your boundaries in a firm but respectful way.

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By  Tara Vilk  |  6

Why is that your responsibility? I say you politely tell your Aunt that you've chosen a major of your interest and recommend that her son talk to a professional as you are unequipped to be helpful in these circumstances; a study buddy will not help with depression, but a therapist can. She can have her feelings about this and you can acknowledge and validate them while still holding strong to your boundaries in a firm but respectful way.

By  William Pearson  |  6

I'm getting that you're in uni and have been accepted for a Masters. You might have bad family members, but compared to most people, your life is great. Also, the bad family members aren't your parents or siblings, so why are they your problem?