Hi guys, sorry the title is so vague but here it is:
i’m currently 19 years old, gonna be 20 on sept 20th! i dropped out of college after the first semester of my freshman year finished due to a whole shit ton of mental health issues and not even a clue as to what i wanted to do for the rest of my life. My father suggested I drop out and start self teaching myself how to code and for 2 years that’s exactly what i’ve been doing. I’ve taken courses, gotten certificates, but now i’m back in an online college getting my Associate’s Degree so I can go to SANS.
I’m currently panicking, crying, and incredibly stressed out because as per usual, I love getting my dad’s approval especially since I’m a “computer nerd” like him. Anyways he suggested I don’t get into cybersec due to the amount of things i’d have to learn and the nonstop working and studying for the rest of my life. Now I gotta ask, is this true? Am I actually going to be working and studying for the rest of my life? He told me i’d end up having no life and to simply stick to Python which is what i’ve been learning for the past 2 years.
In reality, i’d love to have a life when i grow older but I also want to become a pen tester and help the world as much as I can. I wanna become the best of the best so i was just wondering if you guys can give me some tips about anything and everything related to the cybersec industry. I know i’m going to have to study and work my ass off but i’m willing to do it.