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    I'm doing a conversion course in Computer Science and hit the end of the first semester and christmas break.

    I have been working non stop, not taking into account sleeping, on this course and tbh feel really burnt out already. The course had a restructure this year and all the students agree that it's incredibly hard i.e 3 assignments set and due in one week from ONE module. Possibly a bit 'too' intensive. I'm normally wrking 8-10 sometimes 8-1am etc. Maybe i just misunderstood how much work it would be?

    I initially started the masters as i wanted to learn this field as it has always intrigued me and I found it interesting. Sadly this has fizzled out and its now more of an annoyance to do it/I don't understand some parts due to one TERRIBLE professor that every student regarded as useless. Therefore we all had to self teach ourselves that module which also clocks up the hours.

    I also took the course as I quit my previous profession as a teacher and wanted to try something different. I was also finding it very hard to find a decent job, that wasn't education related in the current recession and found that I was simply not deemed qualified for many jobs I applied for or looked at. Even simple data entry jobs or filing assistants etc. Therefore I was unemployed for around 4 months.

    Since starting I've found that i have literally no time for my own. I used to workout alot, play alot of sports and enjoy socialising but I can never really do these anymore. I've lost alot of muscle, got a bit fat and never have the time to go out etc.

    The christmas break got me thinking about what i actually want from my life. And tbh i'm sick to death of academic stuff. I'd be happy with a job that was 8-8 (possibly more occasionally, if need be) that supported me, an apartment and time to do my own thing a.k.a exercise and spend time with family and friends. That's pretty much all i've ever wanted. I see believe that a job shouldn't consume your life and you live outside of it aswell. We only live once after all

    I know i'm being negative and a part of the problem is also my attitude but i'm a wits end about what to do? I've been getting distinctions and it seem silly to waste the opportunity but then again its also destroying my life and i'm starting to get down.

    If i quit, i'll be down a LOT of money, have family resentment and be horribly embarassed. Plus my references will be non existant. Has anyone here quit after a third of the way through the course? How was it?

    I just wanted to post this really to see your opinions?

    Thanks
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    Since starting I've found that i have literally no time for my own. I used to workout alot, play alot of sports and enjoy socialising but I can never really do these anymore. I've lost alot of muscle, got a bit fat and never have the time to go out etc.
    I'd say that pretty much summed up my taught Masters experience. However, it only lasted for a year. It was intensely hard work (especially the months dedicated to the dissertation at the end), riddled with an apparently impossible series of deadlines (think we had 8 in 6 weeks in the second semester) and frustrated by a couple of members of staff (a professor who wanted me to do his research rather than my own, and another who took a personal dislike to me and marked me down for doing assignments the way he'd agreed with me as I worked). At times it felt like it would never end and that I was looking at an impossible uphill battle.

    However I survived. I even managed to enjoy quite large bits of it in the end. I learned more than I did in three years of undergrad "practice". And I came out with a good result. We were warned on Day One of the course that a Masters would be the most intense study experience of our lives - even a PhD - and this was proved entirely correct. However I'm glad that I stuck with it.

    My best advice is to buckle up, put your head down and just plough through it. Whether you enjoy it or not, it's a finite experience. It *is* survivable. It just doesn't feel like it at this point in the course - I remember it well from this time last year. Re-reading my diary entries is just painful. I sound like I'm on the brink of collapse, having spent all Christmas working on assignments. But I did it - and so can you.
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    Hey people

    I'm doing a conversion course in Computer Science and hit the end of the first semester and christmas break.

    I have been working non stop, not taking into account sleeping, on this course and tbh feel really burnt out already. The course had a restructure this year and all the students agree that it's incredibly hard i.e 3 assignments set and due in one week from ONE module. Possibly a bit 'too' intensive. I'm normally wrking 8-10 sometimes 8-1am etc. Maybe i just misunderstood how much work it would be?

    I initially started the masters as i wanted to learn this field as it has always intrigued me and I found it interesting. Sadly this has fizzled out and its now more of an annoyance to do it/I don't understand some parts due to one TERRIBLE professor that every student regarded as useless. Therefore we all had to self teach ourselves that module which also clocks up the hours.

    I also took the course as I quit my previous profession as a teacher and wanted to try something different. I was also finding it very hard to find a decent job, that wasn't education related in the current recession and found that I was simply not deemed qualified for many jobs I applied for or looked at. Even simple data entry jobs or filing assistants etc. Therefore I was unemployed for around 4 months.

    Since starting I've found that i have literally no time for my own. I used to workout alot, play alot of sports and enjoy socialising but I can never really do these anymore. I've lost alot of muscle, got a bit fat and never have the time to go out etc.

    The christmas break got me thinking about what i actually want from my life. And tbh i'm sick to death of academic stuff. I'd be happy with a job that was 8-8 (possibly more occasionally, if need be) that supported me, an apartment and time to do my own thing a.k.a exercise and spend time with family and friends. That's pretty much all i've ever wanted. I see believe that a job shouldn't consume your life and you live outside of it aswell. We only live once after all

    I know i'm being negative and a part of the problem is also my attitude but i'm a wits end about what to do? I've been getting distinctions and it seem silly to waste the opportunity but then again its also destroying my life and i'm starting to get down.

    If i quit, i'll be down a LOT of money, have family resentment and be horribly embarassed. Plus my references will be non existant. Has anyone here quit after a third of the way through the course? How was it?

    I just wanted to post this really to see your opinions?

    Thanks
    I'm in exactly the same position as you :jumphug::console: and we certainly aren't the only ones feeling the stress.

    It's getting to the point where people have started dropping like flies on my course and I think it's more to do with the intensity of the course than anything else. At MSc they cram what should really be taught over 18 months in to 12.
    My only coping mechanism, apart from this place , is to take a step back and look at where I want to be in a years time or whatever. If it means I become a slave to my desk for the next 8 months then fine, I can be happy and free afterwards.

    Having personally spoken to quite a few ex-MSc students at my institute and at others it seems like a common issue. Not one of them has regretted gritting their teeth and ploughing on. Just as Klix has said.

    Chin up buddy, we'll get there soon
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    (Original post by OllieStudent)
    Hey people

    I'm doing a conversion course in Computer Science and hit the end of the first semester and christmas break.

    I have been working non stop, not taking into account sleeping, on this course and tbh feel really burnt out already. The course had a restructure this year and all the students agree that it's incredibly hard i.e 3 assignments set and due in one week from ONE module. Possibly a bit 'too' intensive. I'm normally wrking 8-10 sometimes 8-1am etc. Maybe i just misunderstood how much work it would be?

    I initially started the masters as i wanted to learn this field as it has always intrigued me and I found it interesting. Sadly this has fizzled out and its now more of an annoyance to do it/I don't understand some parts due to one TERRIBLE professor that every student regarded as useless. Therefore we all had to self teach ourselves that module which also clocks up the hours.

    I also took the course as I quit my previous profession as a teacher and wanted to try something different. I was also finding it very hard to find a decent job, that wasn't education related in the current recession and found that I was simply not deemed qualified for many jobs I applied for or looked at. Even simple data entry jobs or filing assistants etc. Therefore I was unemployed for around 4 months.

    Since starting I've found that i have literally no time for my own. I used to workout alot, play alot of sports and enjoy socialising but I can never really do these anymore. I've lost alot of muscle, got a bit fat and never have the time to go out etc.

    The christmas break got me thinking about what i actually want from my life. And tbh i'm sick to death of academic stuff. I'd be happy with a job that was 8-8 (possibly more occasionally, if need be) that supported me, an apartment and time to do my own thing a.k.a exercise and spend time with family and friends. That's pretty much all i've ever wanted. I see believe that a job shouldn't consume your life and you live outside of it aswell. We only live once after all

    I know i'm being negative and a part of the problem is also my attitude but i'm a wits end about what to do? I've been getting distinctions and it seem silly to waste the opportunity but then again its also destroying my life and i'm starting to get down.

    If i quit, i'll be down a LOT of money, have family resentment and be horribly embarassed. Plus my references will be non existant. Has anyone here quit after a third of the way through the course? How was it?

    I just wanted to post this really to see your opinions?

    Thanks
    Rather than drop out, perhaps consider asking about the feasibility of switching to part-time study? If you are thinking of dropping out then you have nothing to lose really, and the university are likely to be accommodating so they get the rest of your tuition fees from you! But if you switch to part-time study then your study-life balance will return to normal and you will become eligible for JSA too if you are struggling money wise.

    I think your reasons for staring the course were not the best, and this is likely to negatively impact your motivation, especially when you find things difficult, but all the same - the programme leader needs to know that you and other students are struggling. The master's degree I did was in a teething stage and most students had extensions for pretty much all their coursework because of the amount of work expected within a week or two.
 
 
 
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