Mandarin. Worth it?

So I finished 7th grade today (WOOT!) and I’m starting to think about the courses I will take in high school. The high school that I want to get into teaches Mandarin and I’m tempted to choose it. My parents tell me that it is an extremely hard language in which I won’t get very far and only waste my own time, but I’m not entirely sure if I should take it. 1/3? of the world speaks Mandarin which is a good thing, but my parents are telling me that by the time I start working, those same people will speak English. So should I take it?
謝謝您. Google Translate is my friend =). Anyway thank you for clarifying that. I’ll just take French + Spanish instead.

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