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    I'm currently about two thirds of the way through my first year of study doing Yacht Production and Surveying at Southampton Solent University. The reason I originally came across the course and was interested in it because 1) I have sailed boats on and off for most of my life so was something I was interested in 2) it appeared (even after looking into and around the course) that there was more of a focus in practical elements, which suited me as I could never imagine myself stuck in an office 3) it has very good job opportunities after completion, as there are few courses like it, making it internationally recognised.

    At first it was interesting as it was something very different from any subject I'd done in school previously. However, I feel like in a sense this novelty has worn off. The course is a lot more maths and physics based than I had expected, and is not as practical as I had expected either. Despite this, I have not completely given up effort, still managing to maintain average (in relation to the rest of the class) results in my assessments - around 60%. However, whenever I do et round to doing work I feel like it is such a chore. Obviously I'm not completely naive and certainly don't expect it to be easy - I just thought that if I was really passionate about the course I would find it easier to pick up the books and study than I do.

    Im also not even sure if I enjoy living at the university I'm at. As previously mentioned, the course I'm doing is quite unique, therefore I only had one option of university when making my decision. As this was the case, I didn't really have to make a decision as to whether I would choose a campus university or not. However, knowing what I know now I believe I would prefer a campus university much more, which my current one isn't. It may only sound like a small thing, but I'm sure you'll understand, if you're not happy in your current situation, it can have knock in effects on everything, like motivation to study and socialise.

    However, I don't know if its this course/university that I'm not enjoying or just university in general. I don't mean to blow my own trumpet, but iv always been at least relatively intelligent, so going to university sort of feels like the natural thing to do. And I do have a passion to learn new things and explore ideas, Im just not sure what, or how exactly to go about it.

    Any advice/experience that anyone could contribute would be really appreciated, Im just really not sure what to do, as talking to friends and family about this sort of thing isn't always the easiest to do...

    Cheers for taking time to read this!
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    Hi,

    After reading this I can see that you are unhappy with the 2 most important things about university...The degree, and your social life.

    Many people are horrified at the thought of "dropping out" , but I think there is nothing wrong with that as long as you have a plan after the drop out, e.g. going to a different uni, starting college, or job and so on.
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    The problem is though I'm not sure if I'm unhappy just because I've reached the first hurdle... Is it just because I'm bogged down with a lot of work and it will get better, or am I plain unhappy? It's hard to judge web stuck in a situation like this


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    (Original post by Hugberticus)
    The problem is though I'm not sure if I'm unhappy just because I've reached the first hurdle... Is it just because I'm bogged down with a lot of work and it will get better, or am I plain unhappy? It's hard to judge web stuck in a situation like this


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    It's probably best if you just stick it out for a bit longer until you're sure. And then make a plan based on the results. If you're not sure yet, you're definitely not certain all the way so don't regret doing something, whether it's sticking with it all the way or dropping out entirely.

    Keep smiling!

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    you should start thinking on you plan B
 
 
 
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