Another awesome read, Holly. Your writing “voice” is amazing.
The perfect mix of anger, frustration, snark – rightfully so for all three – and smiles. I laughed out a couple of times. Your mom sounds awesome too.
My own experience is so different from yours since I had all of that schooling and career heartbreak BEFORE finding out I was gifted. Though yours was still not perfect, you will have the benefit of shaping your post-college life in line with you are. And that is something to be grateful for. :)