A Woman Received a Scholarship for Her Dream College, but Her Stepfather Refused to Let Her Go Because He Wanted Her to Care for Her Younger Siblings

A young woman had been going through the college application process, and she was set on her dream college which was out of state. She had never received much support for her aspirations from her stepfather, but even for him, his recent reaction to her out-of-state dreams was unexpected. 

A Rocky Relationship

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The woman’s relationship with her stepfather had always been rocky. “We can’t seem to agree on anything, but I am very non-confrontational and try my best to make him proud to avoid arguments”, she explained. However, college was a topic that caused particularly high tension.

Early Discussions About College

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During her freshman year of high school, the woman began thinking about her college plans. However, her stepfather’s response was far from supportive. He consistently offered excuses like “I don’t have enough confidence in you yet” or “you’re not ready yet,” leaving the woman feeling unsupported.

The Woman’s Academic Success

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A year later, the woman had achieved remarkable academic success at high school. She graduated top of her class, and secured admission to 13 out of 14 colleges, receiving 12 scholarships on top of a full ride.

Her College Decision

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Despite her achievements, discussing college remained a constant struggle. Feeling unsupported in her academic pursuits, the woman made a tough decision: to attend college regardless of permission. She chose her dream out-of-state school which offered her a full-ride scholarship and informed her stepfather. Her mother was already aware, and very supportive.

A Negative Reaction

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The young woman explained that her stepfather’s reaction to the news was far from positive: “He claimed that it was ‘the worst thing that could happen to him’ and that I am doomed to ‘be a lesson for my younger siblings about what happens when you don’t work together.” 

Blaming the Woman

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Bizarrely, the stepfather didn’t just oppose the decision, but he even blamed it for his relationship issues with the young woman’s mother. This added to the emotional turmoil, leaving the woman feeling terrible.

Seeking Understanding

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The woman tried to communicate her perspective, explaining that she had the right to use her educational achievements and chase her dreams. However, her stepfather responded with guilt trips, questioning her love for her family.

The Impact on the Family

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The stepfather argued that the woman’s decision to go to college out of state was an adult choice that should have involved the family. He claimed it would cause stress because she wouldn’t be around to help with household tasks and care for her siblings.

A Difficult Dilemma

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Despite her love for her family, the woman remained determined to travel far away for college. She wished her stepfather would be proud of her accomplishments and share her enthusiasm for her future.

The Financial Reality

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The woman noted that her family wasn’t even financially contributing to the woman’s education. Her stepfather argued that her decision would bring more financial stress to the family. However, she felt that this was not her problem; she couldn’t put her life on hold just to help pay her stepfather’s bills and had every right to make use of her well-earned scholarships. 

The Internet’s Thoughts 

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The woman was conflicted – she wanted to follow her college dreams, but her stepfather’s reaction was making her second guess her decision. Thankfully, upon posting the conundrum online, everyone defended her. “You’re an adult – you don’t need anyone’s permission, and you don’t even need financial assistance, so nothing is stopping you”, one person pointed out.

A Manipulative Stepfather

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Many people pointed out how manipulative the woman’s stepfather was behaving. “Your stepfather is a massive jerk, and I would recommend limiting your future contact with him as he’s clearly emotionally manipulative”, stated one reader. 

Another reader noticed the motivation behind the stepfather’s actions. “Clearly he sees you as his version of Cinderella, and he wants you to stick around to do his chores and look after his kids, when you’re gone it might become blatantly clear that he doesn’t do anything around the house because everything will be left to your mom.”

Emotional Abuse

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Overall, the verdict was clear – the woman had to run away to college, fast. “Your stepfather is being emotionally abusive”, stated another reader. “I don’t understand why your mother is allowing him to speak to you this way. You need to leave and not come back until you are strong enough to stand up to this emotionally manipulative man.”

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