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    (Original post by rock_climber86)
    Are you a londoner? If so I totally empathise! I was at a uni outside london first time and it was crap. Felt like living in a village place with a lot of douchebags! When I moved back to london and commuted from home daily, it was awesome because I was in familiar surroundings, which helped a lot!
    Yeah I am I honestly have no idea what to do. I feel like dropping out would be such a waste, Manchester is such a highly regarded university and I'm so lucky to have got in. But at the same time i'm hating the whole atmosphere. Tbh i'm not sure i'm even ready for uni. I was actually considering a year out but decided against it (mainly due to pressure from my sixth form, who wanted us to go straight into uni)
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    im currently in university doing crime scene science, and I hate it.. the uni is terrible the area I live in is rough as hell in the just over a month ive lived there weve had someone smash our windows, 3 men try and break in, 2 fires set outside our house and im constantly being hounded for money by the homeless dregs that hang around the uni and the cash points, ive been followed home and all sorts, I never get any sleep because my house mates stay up nearly every night till 4 am screaming and shouting, don't get me wrong I love to go out and party but its getting into the year now and ive barely done anything because I cant sleep, im 4 hours away from home and I find myself wanting to go home at every opportunity purely because I do not want to be there. I pay nearly £100 a week to live in a tiny room with a camp bed in, its nothing short of terrible. I used to have soooo much ambition and I wanted to succeed in every aspect but the uni has sucked every ounce of it out of me, im stressed out all the time and theres not much I can do about it. ive been doing a lot of soul searching and im gonna leave at the end of term its a shame but ive completely lost myself and I need to come home and have a think of what im going to do with myself
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    I dropped out after seven weeks.

    I didn't get great A-Levels and went through clearing on a Systems Engineering course in London. The course content I liked, but the main reason I quit were my classmates. I was the only person of my ethnic persuasion and it ended up mattering a lot more than I would have liked. To put it bluntly, they really didn't like me around. That is until it was a lab session which I was actually very good at. Then of course they were my best pal. After that, no bueno. One of the first weeks I was there, I asked one of them where the class was and he just barked back, "Work it out!" and walked away. That was the beginning of the end.

    I dropped out, repeated a year of A-Level and got my grades up, leaving with Computer Science (A, but it was already), Maths B, Physics A and Music B. I then decided to follow my passion and did a Music Technology degree leaving with a first class.

    So the good. I really enjoyed my course, my classmates and had a blast for the three years I was there. It touched on all my main areas of knowledge from music production, physics and wave theory and various other bits besides.

    And the bad. Well, selling myself on a Music Tech degree was difficult initially and I would say I think I lost out on a couple of graduate opportunities for software development positions as a result.

    I'm 32 now and I would say this. I am undergoing my second Undergraduate degree with the Open University. Being able to work full time while studying is brilliant, although demanding. I currently work as a technical manager for a largeish company. I worked pretty hard to get here, making some careful moves here and there. And of course, the sacred art of BS'ing.

    To reflect on it, maybe I should have done things differently. Maybe I shouldn't have been as reclusive when I was 20 and sought out friends from outside of my immediate classmates, maybe attended some SU events, that sort of thing. Maybe I should have just stuck it out, maybe repeating my A-Levels was a good idea and I should have gone for a different degree subject? Maybe maybe maybe.

    What I would definitely encourage you to do is to consider an alternative subject or university. The cold hard fact i have been taught time and time again in the working world that there is a world of difference in your prospects between having a degree and not. I would go as far to say that unless you have a fantastic business idea or a unique opportunity where it doesn't matter on the horizon, if you are just like the rest of us average schmoes, then having a degree under your belt is significantly better than not. There are exceptions to that rule, but I can assure you in the world of tech there are very few exceptions. Added to that, if you have already started, you are already in the hole somewhat with your student loans. So personally I would make it count.

    As for your reasons for quitting, it's understandable. It's a complete crap-shoot as to whether you will see a positive or negative environment elsewhere. You never know until you're there. The only thing I can suggest is make use of the open days and see the makeup of the people that are coming along.
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    I dont know whats happend but i feel like ive conpeletly lost my personality and im actually dead inside, i dont know whether i just went into uni just to get out of my home town or it was just something to do i just dont know :/
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    Last year, I dropped out of my course after 5 weeks.

    From being in primary school, I always knew I was going to pursue a degree in English Lit. When it came to actually moving out, I was so stoked to be moving out of my home town - a new start and all the independence that comes with it. I realised fairly early on that the course wasn't what I had expected. I felt intense loneliness in a place where I felt I didn't fit in, and the passion I had for the subject dissipated completely, but I was overcome by pride to admit that the university life I had signed up for wasn't all that it had cracked up to be.

    Having bipolar disorder means that I can't hide from things for very long before they take their toll. I ended up suffering a serious relapse, and ended up coming home. Three months later I landed a job at a restaurant before I eventually went back to uni, living at home, this year to study a completely different subject I had never before experienced. I have never been happier.

    It's fair to say that dropping out of university was the best thing I've ever done, albeit at the time it felt like the absolute worst. It gave me time to re-evaluate my life, and to figure out exactly what I wanted to do without the excitement of Freshers impairing my judgement.

    For anyone who is doubting their course right now, I say this: if it doesn't make you happy, don't do it. You'll never know what you're missing out on if you're spending your days wishing the mundanity to pass.
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    Yeah its just annoyed me because in my mind ive built it up to be this massive thing and now its just not for me and i havent made a back up plan because i always thought i wont be one of those to drop out of uni but i think ive just made myself want to do it rather than thinking about what i actually want because ive thought theres no other choice but to go to uni i always thought you can only make something of yourself unless youve got a degree but its not always necessarily true as so many people ive spoke to have got degrees but are stuck in a dead end job because they cant find any job with the degree that have.
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    I'm trying to get a plan B so that I can figure out what to do but looks like I might have to transfer after my first year.
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    (Original post by starkbe)
    Last year, I dropped out of my course after 5 weeks.

    From being in primary school, I always knew I was going to pursue a degree in English Lit. When it came to actually moving out, I was so stoked to be moving out of my home town - a new start and all the independence that comes with it. I realised fairly early on that the course wasn't what I had expected. I felt intense loneliness in a place where I felt I didn't fit in, and the passion I had for the subject dissipated completely, but I was overcome by pride to admit that the university life I had signed up for wasn't all that it had cracked up to be.

    Having bipolar disorder means that I can't hide from things for very long before they take their toll. I ended up suffering a serious relapse, and ended up coming home. Three months later I landed a job at a restaurant before I eventually went back to uni, living at home, this year to study a completely different subject I had never before experienced. I have never been happier.

    It's fair to say that dropping out of university was the best thing I've ever done, albeit at the time it felt like the absolute worst. It gave me time to re-evaluate my life, and to figure out exactly what I wanted to do without the excitement of Freshers impairing my judgement.

    For anyone who is doubting their course right now, I say this: if it doesn't make you happy, don't do it. You'll never know what you're missing out on if you're spending your days wishing the mundanity to pass.
    So glad that it all worked out in the end. It is always a brave decision to swim against the tide and do what is the right ( and not the expected) thing. I wish you all the best for the rest of your course.
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    Hi everyone, just wondering if anyone has some advice to lend from their own experience. I'm just going to tell it how it is, so you can hopefully understand why making the decision to stay or go is so hard for me. Sorry for the length of my post, I hope it explains well.

    I took a BTEC in one subject which I thoroughly enjoyed and did well in; assignment load did get challenging towards the end but many people in the course graduated happily. Was very hands-on and outdoorsy; not intense, no exams. Best two years of my life.

    Then I tried staying on to do a Foundation Degree in a related subject but it didn't work out - this is when the depression initially hit I reckon, causing me to quit because of almost complete loss of interest and motivation. It wasn't a well organised course due to it being the first time ever being run at this college. So I wasted a miserable year and £6k debt on that.

    Couldn't get a job for about a month. Depression really took hold; safe to say I really wanted to take my own life just to stop the endless mental torture and tremendous guilt I felt towards my parents.
    Eventually was persuaded to see a doc about it by mum, but by this time I had finally been hired and the depression eased off - I thought that'd be the last of it, because I thought at the time that the cause for my depression was being a NEET. So I avoided the doc's next appointment - the thought of group CBT terrified me and admitting I was so weak hurt my pride.

    I worked full-time for about a year on minimum wage and inconsistent free time. Life still felt pretty boring; all I lived for was work and serving others, though I didn't know why I bothered living at all like this. Still had suicidal thoughts while working there but I met a really friendly, funny colleague who frankly kept me going. During this time, I realised I couldn't bear the thought of doing this kind of hard, low-paid work for the rest of my life.

    So I started looking into proper university courses, and thought Zoology sounded great. Emphasis on fieldwork, well-renowned university, not too far to live away from home and it offered money off rent for a year + cash up-front as a reward for my high BTEC grades. My bro would be going to uni at the same time (a different one), so it all seemed to fit into place nicely. I was nervous but excited; felt like I was finally going to build some confidence and go places...

    Wind on 10 weeks of being enrolled and I'm devastated to admit, yet again, that I'm considering quitting further education. The depression has kicked in again, and I'm nervous but a little proud to admit that I finally gathered courage to seek professional help to beat this demon. What is believed to keep causing the depression is actually anxiety. Haven't been diagnosed yet so unsure if it's just social or general, but teamed up with depression, it makes day-to-day life Hell.

    I've arranged for counselling and to see a life advisor about my issues too, but this is a long process and the mental health issue has no quick solution. So uni will definitely be a struggle due to the mental health issues - I'm always exhausted, not enjoying any sports/societies I was originally in, no interests, missing lectures, can't concentrate on things for long. This course is also the first of its kind here (ironic, right? Didn't realise this until recently) so I don't hold much trust in the organisation and certainty of the course - our year is the trial and error group, I feel.
    There's also the added stress of living from home, having the fire alarm constantly go off, noisy people disrupting any chance of trying for a decent sleeping pattern.

    My parents are being really supportive about it all but I still feel overwhelmed with guilt for all the money they've put in.

    I'm not enjoying it, can't see myself pulling together to complete all work in the three years seeing as I'm finding this year hard enough, and if I stay then the fear of failing anyway but having even more debt to repay terrifies me. If I stay, will the course content improve, and will I enjoy it?

    But if I leave, I will of course seek mental health treatment locally, but what can I do? I've been searching for jobs and apprenticeships locally but no suitable are coming up. I can't take retail/point of contact or query jobs currently due to my anxiety (the fact that I'm not "normal" in social situations is obvious and has made previous retail/contact roles awkward). I'll speak to life advisor to see if there are any other courses I could switch to now. I can't do nothing again; that turns my mental state from almost extremely low to off the scales. I can't go through that again, it's torture.

    So yet again, my life feels like one big confusing mess and I'm unsure whether to stay or leave. I know I must be the one to decide, but given my history I'm sure it's apparent that my decisions are terrible. Can anybody suggest any ideas or alternatives? Thanks for reading my whale of a background!
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    Hi everyone! Seems I'm a little late to the party...I dropped out of my previous course/uni after a week because the course and uni life weren't right for me. Now I'm considering different courses at a local uni so I can commute, but the entry requirements are higher than my grades, and I could do one course with a foundation year which I have the grades for, but I'm not sure what I'd do with that degree. So I'm kind of in a muddle! :P I feel I'm running out of time, but I do have a part time job to keep me going.
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    (Original post by starkbe)
    Last year, I dropped out of my course after 5 weeks.

    From being in primary school, I always knew I was going to pursue a degree in English Lit. When it came to actually moving out, I was so stoked to be moving out of my home town - a new start and all the independence that comes with it. I realised fairly early on that the course wasn't what I had expected. I felt intense loneliness in a place where I felt I didn't fit in, and the passion I had for the subject dissipated completely, but I was overcome by pride to admit that the university life I had signed up for wasn't all that it had cracked up to be.

    Having bipolar disorder means that I can't hide from things for very long before they take their toll. I ended up suffering a serious relapse, and ended up coming home. Three months later I landed a job at a restaurant before I eventually went back to uni, living at home, this year to study a completely different subject I had never before experienced. I have never been happier.

    It's fair to say that dropping out of university was the best thing I've ever done, albeit at the time it felt like the absolute worst. It gave me time to re-evaluate my life, and to figure out exactly what I wanted to do without the excitement of Freshers impairing my judgement.

    For anyone who is doubting their course right now, I say this: if it doesn't make you happy, don't do it. You'll never know what you're missing out on if you're spending your days wishing the mundanity to pass.
    Hi, thanks for sharing your story. I could relate to the excited feeling of certainty that taking the degree I'm doing now would be the right choice but then having it not turn out like so. I understand that this is a hard question to answer, but what do you think influenced your absolute certainty to do a different degree and have it work out and bring you happiness? May I ask which degree you're now studying?

    I too think that I need the stability of living at home, although I like shopping and cooking for myself.

    How did you keep yourself occupied during those three months before employment?

    One thing that makes me reluctant to quit my unenjoyable course is that from my previous world of work experience I imagine it to be hard to find a good job or progress in it unless I have a degree. That's why I tried for this degree; people told me it's good to have ANY degree to get a better job. I don't know if I'll cope though.

    I don't think I have any solid or useful interests so I've been feeling very stuck in the mud since I left college, really.
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    (Original post by shadowshy)
    Hi, thanks for sharing your story. I could relate to the excited feeling of certainty that taking the degree I'm doing now would be the right choice but then having it not turn out like so. I understand that this is a hard question to answer, but what do you think influenced your absolute certainty to do a different degree and have it work out and bring you happiness? May I ask which degree you're now studying?

    I too think that I need the stability of living at home, although I like shopping and cooking for myself.

    How did you keep yourself occupied during those three months before employment?

    One thing that makes me reluctant to quit my unenjoyable course is that from my previous world of work experience I imagine it to be hard to find a good job or progress in it unless I have a degree. That's why I tried for this degree; people told me it's good to have ANY degree to get a better job. I don't know if I'll cope though.

    I don't think I have any solid or useful interests so I've been feeling very stuck in the mud since I left college, really.
    I'm doing Politics now

    For me, I didn't get to week 4 and think that I suddenly needed to do a new degree in Politics, or Economics, or Philosophy, or whatever. I dropped out not knowing what I wanted to do, or where life would take me, or if I would even be coming back to university. In that aspect, I never had that absolute certainty, even until the first week of my new course.

    The thing that motivated me the most was the absolute certainty that I couldn't do that particular degree for three years. I couldn't guarantee that it would bring me happiness, only that I would be somewhat happier than I WAS. If that meant working at Burger King (which I also did, immediately after) at least I could count on getting out of the misery I had, unintentionally, landed myself in (which it did) while allowing me to fund my way and reach a better job with the absence of student loans and realising that I wAS NOW AN ADULT AND OMG WHAT DO ADULTS DO!?!

    What you're feeling is totally relatable. At the moment you're in between a rock and a hard place, particularly hard given your Depression. Quitting uni is the scares thing I've ever done. No one can make your mind up for you, and it's ultimately down to you to trust your gut feeling.

    Your end goal is that diploma, right? So you need to decide if you're willing to stick out three years in a course that doesn't interest you just to get to that little nuisance and all your suffering will have been worth it.

    If you're not, then don't sweat it. Maybe the course isn't right. Maybe university isn't right. It doesn't suit everybody, hence why I am living at home now as it feels more like commuting to college and back. I would advise you to think beyond your current predicament at the long term picture, and then come to your conclusion.

    I would also really advise you to visit your GP to get referred to a local mental health team and / or the mental health support your university has to offer. I know how debilitating Depression is, and chances are you're also feeling negative, not just because of your course, but because of your condition. If you get this addressed, you may actually find uni a lot more liveable. Ask for one to one CBT.

    Good luck! Keep us updated on your decision
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    (Original post by starkbe)
    I'm doing Politics now

    For me, I didn't get to week 4 and think that I suddenly needed to do a new degree in Politics, or Economics, or Philosophy, or whatever. I dropped out not knowing what I wanted to do, or where life would take me, or if I would even be coming back to university. In that aspect, I never had that absolute certainty, even until the first week of my new course.

    The thing that motivated me the most was the absolute certainty that I couldn't do that particular degree for three years. I couldn't guarantee that it would bring me happiness, only that I would be somewhat happier than I WAS. If that meant working at Burger King (which I also did, immediately after) at least I could count on getting out of the misery I had, unintentionally, landed myself in (which it did) while allowing me to fund my way and reach a better job with the absence of student loans and realising that I wAS NOW AN ADULT AND OMG WHAT DO ADULTS DO!?!

    What you're feeling is totally relatable. At the moment you're in between a rock and a hard place, particularly hard given your Depression. Quitting uni is the scares thing I've ever done. No one can make your mind up for you, and it's ultimately down to you to trust your gut feeling.

    Your end goal is that diploma, right? So you need to decide if you're willing to stick out three years in a course that doesn't interest you just to get to that little nuisance and all your suffering will have been worth it.

    If you're not, then don't sweat it. Maybe the course isn't right. Maybe university isn't right. It doesn't suit everybody, hence why I am living at home now as it feels more like commuting to college and back. I would advise you to think beyond your current predicament at the long term picture, and then come to your conclusion.

    I would also really advise you to visit your GP to get referred to a local mental health team and / or the mental health support your university has to offer. I know how debilitating Depression is, and chances are you're also feeling negative, not just because of your course, but because of your condition. If you get this addressed, you may actually find uni a lot more liveable. Ask for one to one CBT.

    Good luck! Keep us updated on your decision
    Thanks a lot for your advice!

    One thing which I think constantly nagged me about science is, well, the scientific writing - I think I have a natural desire for my imagination to come into my work but science doesn't allow this. This was encouraged in the BTEC but that's the big difference between assignments and essays I guess. I don't think it's easy to switch to a course that would allow this though, but I'll speak about it with a Life Mentor soon. Really, thank you for understanding about the depression...most people seem to be avoiding me or don't understand that I can't just "get up and go" and feel brilliant if I force myself to join activities. I'm nervous but determined to seek help and fight my mental health issues because I realise that they're not going to go away unless I do; they'll just keep dragging me down! You must have had a really hard time too.
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    I'm a fine art student half way through my second year and these past weeks, have really realised how much I hate my course. I've realised how I feel about the art world and how much I despise it and now i entend to start the process to leave my course and drop out. I moved to england to attend art college at 19, leaving all my family, friends and boyfriend who I love at home. I moved to a completely new city, not knowing a single soul. I got slapped in the face with home sickness whilst starting uni, trying to make new friends and working a part time job. I've never cried so much in my life than i did in first year, with stress and homesickness. I was ready to drop out. But everyone told me it takes time and the homesickness will go away, and I'm glad to say it does! That part got easier, and in regards to being homesick in second year, im just not. I love the city im in and the friends I've made. But this week I realised that I shouldn't be wasting my time, effort and money on something that I really hate and don't see a real future in. I feel that as an artist, I haven't progressed at all since starting the course. I feel miserable over it. Its drained all the drive out of me. I'm only 20 and don't know what I want to do in life yet. And that fine! I have plenty of options to explore. I don't see the point in my being miserable doing something that I hate because society says uni is the right thing! Don't get me wrong, I would definitely go back to uni to do something I enjoy and when im ready, when I know what I want to do in life. I think it's ridiculous that we are expected to know what we want to do when we are 16. From picking specific A levels to lead to a degree to gain a job. Who really knows what they want to do at 16?!
    Seeing mature students at 40,50 and even 70 in my class has really opened my eyes to the fact that I can go back to uni at any time. Its not something I HAVE to do at 19. Either do you, no matter your age (: hope this helps someone.
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    Hi ,im currently in my second year of uni and i have lost myself completely. I am depressed and gaining soo much weight, i hate myself and uni! I have nobody to talk to and feel soo lost. I cant speak to my mum as she just doesnt care about me! My dad lives in scotland and i want to move to uni there but im already in second year and i will not have the finance for a new degree!! I just do not know what to do ! I feel horrible,fat and hopeless. I just need some advice
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    You can be a translator without a degree (I think). Some foreign countries (such as French- and Spanish-speaking ones) have sworn translator or public translator exams, so if you're fluent in the languages you could look into doing those? Or if you don't want to go through University but still want a certificate a DipTrans can be done online-it's meant to be equivalent to an MA but that's according to DipTrans. The ITI (Institute of translation & interpreting) have a qualification spec of a degree or similar (like the DipTrans) and 3 years experience or simply 6 years experience and good fluency to join-this shows that you can *get* experience, as hard as it may be, without a degree. Although it is probably very hard. Maybe travelling in countries where you want to translate and seeing if you can work as a (freelance) translator for tourists might work? I don't know, sorry. I just researched this briefly, so take it with a pinch of salt, but there are definitely research-able options to look into if you still want to be a translator.

    If you don't, then try to do as many new things as possible to see what you're passionate about, or maybe what you're passionate about it so close to home you haven't noticed it-I switched from Psychology to English with Creative Writing after realising I was missing it from school so much because it was basically the best thing I could do in life. Then again, if you feel like you don't want to do anything then going and trying and experiencing new things might be more helpful?

    Whatever you decide to do, I hope it makes you happy Hope I could help.
    Good luck!!!!!!!!
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    I dropped out of University in October, I lasted 3 weeks. It was my insurance University that I had gotten which I had put down because of the placement year on offer to me, but it wasn't a rational decision. From the moment I arrived I knew that the place wasn't for me and by my second day of being there I was already asking about moving out. I made some great friends in the flat opposite and the flat below however my own flat really disliked me due to the fact that I was socialising with others (one even reported me to the student mentor and bought this up). At first I thought it was my course (Psychology) however I only attended 3 lectures so couldn't make a judgement from that and the more I thought about it the more I realised that it was the place in general. I was at a campus university which is what I thought I wanted, but in actual fact it was so boring. The shopping centre and high street were small compared to where I am originally from - Cardiff. The nightlife was awful and the place in general was more expensive than what I am used to due to it's proximity to London. Whilst I was at University I changed completely, I felt down, unhappy and miserable and my parents picked up on this and suggested taking a year out, it's like they knew that I wasn't ready to go as 2015 was an awful year for me because of personal circumstances. I also emailed my head of year, and then a few days later one of my old teachers called me and also told me to follow my heart and leave. So between October and December I decided to reapply and spent the months debating whether to apply for Law or Psychology. I've always loved Psychology however I have found it very challenging, and whilst I feel that Law is more for me due to it being constant reading and essays, I know that I don't have a passion for it. So I've decided to reapply for Psychology and just see where my degree takes me. Before I went to uni I felt like I had it all figured out, like what I wanted to do after my degree, the career I wanted to pursue etc. Now it's all I hope is that in the future I leave University with a decent degree and just see where things go from there. I've realised that not everything needs a plan, and sometimes planning your future can have a negative effect. I am SO happy at home, getting a part time job was also very easy, I had about 5/6 interviews lined up but only went to three of those and ended up with a Christmas temp job in Next which I hated (retail is the worst thing ever) but also managed to get a part time job as part of the Box Office team at the local theatre which I enjoy so much. The people are lovely, the pay is enough to get by and I actually enjoy going to work. It's a 0 hour contract which means I can fit it around me and there are always plenty of hours on offer to me. Although I miss being out of education, I've decided to re-sit one Sociology module as one of the courses I have applied for requires an A*, which I missed by a few marks. I've applied to Cardiff Uni (unconditional offer), Birmingham University and Bristol. Hopefully I will be happier and healthier and things will work out this time round.
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    (Original post by Noreena123)
    I dropped out of University in October, I lasted 3 weeks. It was my insurance University that I had gotten which I had put down because of the placement year on offer to me, but it wasn't a rational decision. From the moment I arrived I knew that the place wasn't for me and by my second day of being there I was already asking about moving out. I made some great friends in the flat opposite and the flat below however my own flat really disliked me due to the fact that I was socialising with others (one even reported me to the student mentor and bought this up). At first I thought it was my course (Psychology) however I only attended 3 lectures so couldn't make a judgement from that and the more I thought about it the more I realised that it was the place in general. I was at a campus university which is what I thought I wanted, but in actual fact it was so boring. The shopping centre and high street were small compared to where I am originally from - Cardiff. The nightlife was awful and the place in general was more expensive than what I am used to due to it's proximity to London. Whilst I was at University I changed completely, I felt down, unhappy and miserable and my parents picked up on this and suggested taking a year out, it's like they knew that I wasn't ready to go as 2015 was an awful year for me because of personal circumstances. I also emailed my head of year, and then a few days later one of my old teachers called me and also told me to follow my heart and leave. So between October and December I decided to reapply and spent the months debating whether to apply for Law or Psychology. I've always loved Psychology however I have found it very challenging, and whilst I feel that Law is more for me due to it being constant reading and essays, I know that I don't have a passion for it. So I've decided to reapply for Psychology and just see where my degree takes me. Before I went to uni I felt like I had it all figured out, like what I wanted to do after my degree, the career I wanted to pursue etc. Now it's all I hope is that in the future I leave University with a decent degree and just see where things go from there. I've realised that not everything needs a plan, and sometimes planning your future can have a negative effect. I am SO happy at home, getting a part time job was also very easy, I had about 5/6 interviews lined up but only went to three of those and ended up with a Christmas temp job in Next which I hated (retail is the worst thing ever) but also managed to get a part time job as part of the Box Office team at the local theatre which I enjoy so much. The people are lovely, the pay is enough to get by and I actually enjoy going to work. It's a 0 hour contract which means I can fit it around me and there are always plenty of hours on offer to me. Although I miss being out of education, I've decided to re-sit one Sociology module as one of the courses I have applied for requires an A*, which I missed by a few marks. I've applied to Cardiff Uni (unconditional offer), Birmingham University and Bristol. Hopefully I will be happier and healthier and things will work out this time round.
    Wishing you all the best for the next year. Looks like you made a very sensible decision and I hope that 2016 brings you all you hope for. Good Luck
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    (Original post by Noreena123)
    I dropped out of University in October, I lasted 3 weeks. It was my insurance University that I had gotten which I had put down because of the placement year on offer to me, but it wasn't a rational decision. From the moment I arrived I knew that the place wasn't for me and by my second day of being there I was already asking about moving out. I made some great friends in the flat opposite and the flat below however my own flat really disliked me due to the fact that I was socialising with others (one even reported me to the student mentor and bought this up). At first I thought it was my course (Psychology) however I only attended 3 lectures so couldn't make a judgement from that and the more I thought about it the more I realised that it was the place in general. I was at a campus university which is what I thought I wanted, but in actual fact it was so boring. The shopping centre and high street were small compared to where I am originally from - Cardiff. The nightlife was awful and the place in general was more expensive than what I am used to due to it's proximity to London. Whilst I was at University I changed completely, I felt down, unhappy and miserable and my parents picked up on this and suggested taking a year out, it's like they knew that I wasn't ready to go as 2015 was an awful year for me because of personal circumstances. I also emailed my head of year, and then a few days later one of my old teachers called me and also told me to follow my heart and leave. So between October and December I decided to reapply and spent the months debating whether to apply for Law or Psychology. I've always loved Psychology however I have found it very challenging, and whilst I feel that Law is more for me due to it being constant reading and essays, I know that I don't have a passion for it. So I've decided to reapply for Psychology and just see where my degree takes me. Before I went to uni I felt like I had it all figured out, like what I wanted to do after my degree, the career I wanted to pursue etc. Now it's all I hope is that in the future I leave University with a decent degree and just see where things go from there. I've realised that not everything needs a plan, and sometimes planning your future can have a negative effect. I am SO happy at home, getting a part time job was also very easy, I had about 5/6 interviews lined up but only went to three of those and ended up with a Christmas temp job in Next which I hated (retail is the worst thing ever) but also managed to get a part time job as part of the Box Office team at the local theatre which I enjoy so much. The people are lovely, the pay is enough to get by and I actually enjoy going to work. It's a 0 hour contract which means I can fit it around me and there are always plenty of hours on offer to me. Although I miss being out of education, I've decided to re-sit one Sociology module as one of the courses I have applied for requires an A*, which I missed by a few marks. I've applied to Cardiff Uni (unconditional offer), Birmingham University and Bristol. Hopefully I will be happier and healthier and things will work out this time round.
    Good luck for next year! Your story has really inspired me, all the best at university and your gap year right now
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    Hi guys,

    i am currently studying History at the Leeds University, i retook my a levels last year to make sure i had the correct grades to get into a Russel Group Uni, i thought that going to Uni would be the only way of being successful in life, neither of my parents went to uni and we struggle for money and so they really wanted me to get to uni so much so that i felt if i didnt go id be letting them down and so i applied and i made it in. I wouldnt say im not interested in History but i deffinitley dont feel as passionate about it as i think i should to study it for 3 years and carve out the rest of my life around it, i dont feel like i cant talk to my parents about it as they are not very understanding when it comes to this kind of thing and will probably just deem me a failure if i dont stay at Uni, so far in my assessments ive been getting 2:1's but when it came to revising for my exam i felt like every hour i spent revising i grew less and less interested in what i was doing, now im at a point 3 days before my exam when i know i havent got the knowledge to pass the exam but its like i dont care about doing well because i dont enjoy it that much. I feel like i might just have applied for History because it was the subject i was best at in school and i that i might have applied to Uni because i couldnt think of anything else to do, im worried about dropping out though as i dont what ill do instead and i want success, im also worried about loans etc which i have used up until this point and im not sure how they work if i drop out because i dont have the money to pay them back, i really feel like im stuck in Uni without any direction or much enthusiasm,

    can anyone help?
 
 
 

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