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Dropping out Queen Mary for Warwick. Biology to psychology watch

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    This year I got an offer to study bioogy at queen mary, I picked it as had to stay in London however wasnt 100% on it even after visiting the university a few times. In August I went through adjustment and got was accepted to study Biological sciences at University of Warwick which made me happy as the university was different to life in the city and wanted a change, it has a good status and the teaching and choice of modules looked good. My friends lives there are which was great and having visited the campus recently it looks much better. Plus I have wanted to gain independance and live on my own and experience new things. My family however were not supportive with my choice and it got to the point where I then had to tell Warwick to let me go and was again accepted into Queen Mary. I'm now studying there. I have joined socieities and go to events etc but still feel incredibly isolated and lonely. I'm generally quite bored and unhappy here and I like the content of my course in general but sleep in lectures and have been unmotivated to work. I have been getting firsts in a majority of my coursework with little work. I have suffered from depression and anxiety for many years and it's been made worse since joining here. I've begun skipping lectures and copying notes from the slides put online and there's little support academcially I feel. They completely changed the modular strcuture after I enrolled and a bit upset that I dont have any choice in what I couldve picked. In the beginning I Indulged in regularly drinking to get over it. The university is good, I'm not saying it's bad, but it's not suiting me. I'm in the process of applying through ucas to warwick for psychology as its essentially where I want to end up career wise, specifically within neuroscience however I have a few issues;
    - This would mean I have more debt
    - My family would be unhappy and unsure if they can cope
    - As it's not city based I wonder if I'll have less oppotunity for extra curricular career related work experience / voluntary work. For instance I have taken up 3 positions since starting in september already.
    - I visit my local gp and hospitals regularly, how will that work out when away?
    - Is it worth it given the graduate prospects as psychology is oversubscribed?
    - Is it better to be at home and push through?
    - What if I don't enjoy it?
    I'm really stuck as I'm not sure whats best even if ultimately my decision.
    At the moment I'm making my ucas application to essentially * buy me more time* in making a decision incase I choose to leave.
    I would like to ask for advice as to what people would've done if in the same situation?

    Just be careful that this isnt a case of 'I wasn't allowed to go to Warwick so I'm pretending to myself that that is the problem, not the fact that I'm depressed/fed up wit uni/don't actually like the subject at all etc.

    I don't know all your circumstances, but what would be different about Warwick that would actually make any difference? You'd still be 'at Uni', you'd still have essays etc to do, and you'd still get fed-up enough with the subject to skip lectures.

    Ultimately its up to you to make Uni work for you. Just changing Unis isnt going to be a magic fix if actually its you, not the Uni or course, that is the problem here.

    Go and see your Personal Tutor - this sort of disillusionment/confusion is exactly what they are there for.
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