How Should This Sparkler Handle West Point Rumors?
Discussing college plans with your parents is hard enough; discussing them with your entire church is simply hideous.
I am a junior, and since it is the end of the year, I have started to look into colleges more seriously. I have started to look into West Point, as well as other colleges, such as UC Berkeley and UC San Diego. However, all my parents seem to care about is West Point. My dad has also started telling people that I am looking into it, which was fine at first, but then he told someone whose son is currently at West Point (about to graduate), who (I think) told a lot of other people. Now, a ton of people at my church know, and are asking me if I am going to go. I wouldn't mind except that it seems that I am constantly being asked "Are you going to West Point?" I then say no, that I am just looking. They then proceed to bombard me with questions about why I want to go there. Now, a normal person would be fine with this, but I cannot stand it. I feel trapped a lot of the time, and as if my answers aren't sufficient. I also hate having a lot of attention put on me, and I have always tried to remain seen, but as far in the background as possible.
I suppose I am asking how you think I should respond to this, or a way for me to calm down when I am panicking on what to say in response to their questions. Thank you ever so much!
What do you think, Sparklers? What's the appropriate way to respond?