Holy shit! How did I miss this? I’m sorry!
Okay so, I was in a similar situation. I’ve been illustrating for most of my life, and when the time came, I was accepted into both well-regarded Animation Arts and Graphic Design programs, but I chose to go with the latter because, for me, illustration is a tool that I choose to use selectively. I love to draw for my own enjoyment, but the idea of having to go through the rigor of cultivating very strong traditional art skills on demand didn’t seem as fun for me.
Additionally, Graphic Design has so many various disciplines: branding/identity, packaging, industrial, motion, environmental etc, and I love the versatility that such a scope of choices can bring to my future and employability.
I personally find the ability to compose elements harmoniously (illustrations included!) is much more valuable to me, rather than being an industry-standard pro at drawing alone. Since I’ve finished my design program, I can always take a couple of life drawing classes a week or log into Proko’s site to bring myself up to speed.
I’m not sure if that rant will give you any insight, but I hope it helps!