University drop-out: The End of the World?

Dropping Out of Uni - ollyyA university drop out. A certain amount of taboo surrounds the subject, I was once embarrassed of my label but a year down the line I see it as a life experience.

Originally studying Law at Liverpool John Moore’s, I enjoyed the surprised look when I told people- yes I’m blonde and yes I’m going to do a law degree- this made it all the more difficult when I decided to drop out, I didn’t want to prove those sceptical people right.

Searching online there is so little information advising students on what to do when dropping out of university, you almost feel as if you’re the only person in the world who has ever considered the thought, but, you are definitely not. The Mail Online revealed in March 2012 that a fifth of students will not finish their degree, but that’s not to say they won’t try again.

A lot of factors can contribute to a person dropping out of university, personally, Liverpool was just too far from home for me, but it could be that your course just doesn’t suit you as much as you thought it would, the trick is to be 100% confident in what you are going into as those small doubts could become huge regrets before the year is up.

Dropping out needn’t seem as daunting as it sounds, a 30 word e-mail confirming your withdrawal is normally all it takes, however, being relieved from your accommodation contract is a totally different story. Unfortunately it’s probable that you will have to continue paying rent unless you find someone else to fill your room.

Once it is done you’re naturally going to feel a little disappointed in yourself, but more than anything you worry about what other people are going to think, take a step back for a second and realise that you dropping out of university is not really of great interest to anybody else.

By no means am I encouraging every student to drop out of university, but you know when it’s not right, and why waste three years of your life being miserable half-heartedly completing your degree just because you’re scared of disappointing others?

I am now set (assuming I pass my exams!) to start my second year of a Journalism degree at The University of Huddersfield, all the stress and worry I felt are a distant memory and instead of trepidation I feel excited about the next couple of years.

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