I started university in September and have found most weeks challenging (to say the least). I am pretty slow at reading, I take longer to get work done and everyday leaves me exhausted. And so, after many long hours of contemplating dropping out of university, I have decided that it is the best thing to do… Nah, just kidding, HAPPY APRIL FOOL’S DAY!
Although, all of the above is true (apart from the very last bit) – I have found it extremely difficult to stick with it some days. I have felt like giving up. I have felt like crying for hours on end. I have felt like eating my own body weight in Ben and Jerry’s (not a great idea for someone who is lactose intolerant).
Okay, the title of this blog post is probably a little bit misleading… I’m sorry (forgive me, yeah?) but it got your attention right?
Despite me desperately wanting to play a ‘naff’ April 1st trick, in all seriousness over the past few months I have considered dropping out of university like 5 billion times (slight exaggeration, but you get the picture) and swapping to a different course. Throughout my life I have always been (extremely) committed to art as a discipline and I always thought that I would probably end up doing a career in it. However, when I applied for university I ended up applying for Social Anthropology across all five of my choices. This is for numerous reasons: art stresses me out, art costs a fortune to make and art can always be a hobby. Anthropology, for me, is a more practical decision as I know in the future it will get me to where I want to be.
Now this might not seem at all relevant to you, however, what I am trying to say is that, even though at times I want to start over, I know that in reality that would be a bad choice. If you aren’t happy with your course and you believe it will not (under any circumstances) get you to where you want to be in the future – THEN CHANGE YOUR COURSE. University, once you are there, is on your side. My university has gone out of its way to make some of my friends lives better and more enjoyable. And believe you me, they will do pretty much anything to not let you go or ‘drop out’ completely.
There are also four main reasons why I haven’t chosen to leave yet:
I have worked so hard to get to University.
This is the main reason for me. Throughout the past couple of years I have done nothing but work towards this moment. I worked incredibly hard to get to my dream university and I remember how happy I was when I got in.
I like my course, even if the work load is, (well most days), IMPOSSIBLE!
I like my course, a lot. I find the reading and the work load, a lot too. But at the end of the day, I am coping and doing okay so that is all that matters!
I want to be at University.
I have always wanted to go to University. I think this is partly because I am amongst the first in my close family to do so and therefore why not? It’s all part of growing up, right?
One day, I will be happy that I stuck it out.
One day, when I am a millionaire (cough, cough), I will probably be grateful that I worked hard and got a degree, or three (common now Channon you need to get one first…).
If you are at university then you should feel incredibly proud of yourself. Think about all the work that you have done to get in! If you are thinking about dropping out, think again, think about the future and where you will be five years from now… is having a degree worth it? Will you use it? I would say the answer to that is probably a YES.
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