Learning something of your interest increases the knowledge retention. The heightened curiosity sparks neuroplasticity in your brain that makes it easier to retrieve and use the knowledge next time.
You shall not ignore your interest in choosing a college major, selecting a project to commit, or picking an endeavor to pursue.
Your overall goal is impeded if you completely repress your interests in order to fulfill societies’ interest or parents’ interest. Aligning all your work with your interest forms a gestalt to the overall success.
Nurture your interest, and see it blooming into something greater than you.