Her Parents Gifted Her $10,000 For University Fees, But Demanded She Stayed Local And Didn’t Study Art – Was Refusing The Gift And Leaving Ungrateful?

A young woman received a generous cash gift from her parents, which would help out greatly with her education. However, she soon discovered that this lifeline would come with some highly restrictive terms and conditions.

Looming Fees

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Soon to be graduating from high school, the young woman had been starting to think about her university education and had begun to research courses and visit campuses. However, heading to university would come with hefty expenses, a financial burden that was looming over her.

A Generous Lifeline

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However, the woman’s financial fears were soon put to bed when her parents offered her a generous gift. “They decided to give me $10,000 toward my uni costs”, she explained. “I remember screaming and hugging my parents and thanking them.” 

Terms and Conditions

However, the woman’s excitement quickly turned to disappointment upon discovering her parents’ terms and conditions. “They stated that I can only choose between two universities (they are the ones closest to my parents).”

Further Restrictions

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The woman’s disappointment escalated significantly when she made an even worse discovery. Her parents had restricted her to choose between a small selection of courses, and her dream subject of art was not on the list. 

A Difficult Decision

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Whilst the woman somewhat appreciated the kind gesture, she couldn’t help but feel disappointed by her parents’ terms. Accepting the financial aid would mean abandoning her ambitions completely, a compromise she was not willing to make. 

A Confrontation

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The student decided to confront her parents. She expressed her reservations about accepting a gift that came with such restrictive terms, particularly objecting to the idea of being paid to pursue a particular path. “I explained that I now felt bad for being super excited initially because I definitely couldn’t accept the gift knowing what the rules were.”

Escalation to a Family Conflict

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The conversation with the parents escalated into a heated argument. The young woman’s parents accused her of being ungrateful, and of being a bad daughter. 

Storming Out

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In response to her parents’ harsh accusations, the young woman stormed out of the house. She sought solace in her friend, who allowed her to stay at their place until the situation had cooled off.

Questioning Her Actions

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The student was left reflecting on the situation, wondering whether her reaction was justified or if she had overreacted. She still felt that it was deeply unfair for her parents to limit her in the way that they were, but recognized that $10,000 was a generous gift regardless.

Seeking Judgment

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The woman headed to her favorite online community, seeking judgment for her actions within the comment section. Nobody felt that her actions were unreasonable given the outrageous restrictions her parents had put on her. “Your parents are HUGE jerks for imposing these terms and conditions”, one person stated. “Don’t ever let someone enforce your life choices.”

An Act of Manipulation

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Many readers struggled to perceive the $10,000 as a ‘gift’. “That wasn’t a gift, it was a failed attempt at manipulation”, another person pointed out. “You did nothing wrong.”

Controlling Parents

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Everyone expressed that the parents’ anger should not be interpreted as a result of her lack of gratitude. “They’re just mad their control attempt didn’t work”, one reader explained. “Calling you ungrateful is another control attempt to trick you into falling for the first one.”

Don’t Waste Your Money

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Despite the online community having the young woman’s back, some members offered her some frank advice. “Whilst you’ve certainly done nothing wrong, please don’t waste any money getting an art degree”, one commenter rudely begged. It is worth noting that there are many career paths open to people with art degrees. 

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