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    I currently study Chemistry at Durham university but I'm not enjoying the course like I thought I would. Despite doing relevant work experience, chemistry summer schools etc im really not happy at the minute.

    I was thinking the most sensible action would be to at least try and get through first year and see if I pass, the problem isn't that I don't think I could pass, even though I do find a lot of the content difficult, it's more so that I'm really not enjoying it so not putting as much work in as I should be so I'm doing badly in progress tests etc.

    I know it's a well respected course at a very good uni and I shouldn't waste this opportunity, but I'm not sure I can spend the rest of my life doing something that makes me unhappy.

    I wondered if any one could help me in what my options are? I feel really lost and hopeless at the minute because my grades aren't good enough for me to be able to leave the course and do something else.

    All A* at GCSE and one A, B at AS biology and A*BB in English literature, Chemistry and Maths respectively.

    Does anyone know if I have any options or am I basically stuck with this degree and nothing else?
    (Some courses I was looking at included law, which all wanted 3 A's for example)

    Thank you
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    You're not stuck there. Many people do drop out or change course, so don't feel you're the only person ever to have chosen a course that isn't right for them. You do have good grades - law is ridiculously competitive, so that may not be an option at some unis, but you would still be able to find somewhere if you wanted to.

    If you're feeling completely lost, you might find it helpful to take a gap year. You'll then put off going back to uni, which will give you more time to decide what you want to do. You don't have to go abroad on expensive gap schemes, so you could even just stay at home and get a job (this will mean you also save money for when you do go back).
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    (Original post by ChloeBazingaa)
    Hi,
    I currently study Chemistry at Durham university but I'm not enjoying the course like I thought I would. Despite doing relevant work experience, chemistry summer schools etc im really not happy at the minute.

    I was thinking the most sensible action would be to at least try and get through first year and see if I pass, the problem isn't that I don't think I could pass, even though I do find a lot of the content difficult, it's more so that I'm really not enjoying it so not putting as much work in as I should be so I'm doing badly in progress tests etc.

    I know it's a well respected course at a very good uni and I shouldn't waste this opportunity, but I'm not sure I can spend the rest of my life doing something that makes me unhappy.

    I wondered if any one could help me in what my options are? I feel really lost and hopeless at the minute because my grades aren't good enough for me to be able to leave the course and do something else.

    All A* at GCSE and one A, B at AS biology and A*BB in English literature, Chemistry and Maths respectively.

    Does anyone know if I have any options or am I basically stuck with this degree and nothing else?
    (Some courses I was looking at included law, which all wanted 3 A's for example)

    Thank you
    Definitely try and hold out for the rest of the year. Plenty of people find the first year hard and don't feel it fits, but end up really enjoying it in the end. Do you have many chemistry friends? Perhaps join a study group? They are really helpful. If you really finding a topic hard ask your lecturer and make sure you understand the feedback on your assignments. Try and put all your effort in,perhaps see if there is a particular topic you like? Physical/ Organic/Inorganic/ Analytical?

    Your A-levels aren't bad at all, if you really want to try another course that requires AAA, perhaps resit some modules?

    You aren't stuck in the degree, perhaps try and get some work experience in a law firm and do some research to see if that is really what you want to do. You can always do a law conversion course.

    And if you really feel it doesn't fit then withdraw, you don't want to make yourself miserable.
 
 
 
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