I was expected to be a Dr., Esq., or in finance of some kind. Politics has been an acceptable distraction, but only as long as I succeed in the private sector first.
I didn't have to get all A's like the Indian kids, A's and B's were good enough (I was also an International Baccalaureate student though). College graduation was like High School graduation... expected.
Beyond that, as long as I'm doing something respected and making $$$ nothing else really matters. They probably would have preferred me being a Dr. or Lawyer, but the job opportunities are better in finance so they are quite happy with my decisions.