Sorry, little late catching up on this one!
Wondering if maybe the whole Mom thing is a white middle class thing?! I also didn't finish college - went for about 2 years and then kept dropping out and reentering (about 80 credits complete)...couldn't really stand the atmosphere and the other students - I'm a loner. Anyway, MY MOM ALSO thinks I am foolish and "Wasting MY Potential" with this "ALternative Lifestyle Rebellion". I'm sorry, but I'm betting that traditional teenage/young adult rebellions don't last 7 years! Geez. I've just recently started to gain some perspective on who I am but I still struggle to put all the pieces together and I can't decide if I should completely scratch my old goals - which I've come fairly close to accomplishing or develop new goals that suit my new lifestyle/identity.
I"m sorry, by John Mayer hits when he sings about 1/4 life crisis.
The whole "Mom thing" is not just a middle class white folk thing. It is even worse in the Asian household (glad I am just half and didn't live in such) where they even go as far as disowning the kid if they do not finish college. I say, do what works and makes you happy, but be realistic. If you like doing lower jobs like Maintanence and do not want to pursue college, go and do it. However if you want to live a grandiose lifestyle, either have a good skill (such as acting), go to school, or hit the jackpot.