Our expert says:
Maybe they thought they were doing the right thing, but they were exploiting you, and failing in their duties to enable you to prepare yourself optimally for life.
Anyhow, now you're in charge of things yourself. Have you made detailed enquiries about ading to your education to reach matric ? Which would be the minimum needed if you want to go to university. Most courses should then be open to you.
As to marine biology, apart from the qualification, have you asked at a university which runs such courses, both what they'd want for admission, but also what sort of jobs get done, how many openings there are, realistically ; and could you visit with some marine biologist to see what they do and if it is actually what you might enjoy ? ( Far better than going through a long course only to discover too late that youn hate the work it leads you to ).
And seeing a counsellor could be a wise invetiment, to, espwecially one of the CBT form rather than one of the woolier types - you may well feel you missed out on the fun of schooling and being a kid, because you got put to work prematurely. And you are potentially making the mistake of wasting time in the present ( when you could be actively changing your situation ) brooding about the past, which you can't change.
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