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    So essentially, I go to the University of Manchester to study English and i have no idea what I'm doing.

    I fully expected my A level results to be very poor, I achieved BBB and Manchester still let me in, so I thought I would have a year at least to sort out what I was going to do, and instead was essentially thrust into university. I have no idea why I'm studying English at all, honestly it seems like I had to pick something and I chose a subject I was relatively good at, now I'm at uni I honestly can't deal with the course. Its not too hard, it just doesn't interest me at all, so when i drag myself to lectures I sit there blank faced, the whole time asking myself why I'm here and can't be bothered to do the work at home.

    I assumed I just hadn't got into the swing of university yet, and this was a phase that would pass, until I visited my friend where everyone seemed into their course and happy with there lifestyle. Furthermore, Im in a student house so when I visited my friend in halls I realised what I was missing out on. There is always so much tension in our house, I don't get on with the girls and the fact that I didn't get into halls has made me feel so isolated. On my visit everyone seemed warm and friendly, and things were going on all the time, I don't even have anyone to sit in or walk to lectures with.

    Finally as a town Manchester just isn't me, i feel so lost in the shuffle, I need to be somewhere more country and secluded. It just really feels like this isn't me. I think I would be happier at another uni tbh. The main thing is that if I leave, as I'm in private accommodation, Id have to continue paying rent until a new tenant is found and I don't have the money to do that without the help of student finance.

    It really feels like Philosophy is my, thing. Ive read more philosophy than English since Ive been here, so the question is, whats the procedure for dropping out? Do you think I should? and where do you reckon I can get into with BBB? is UEA or Lancaster for Philosophy an option? Thank you very much for you advice
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    (Original post by DaveJ96)
    So essentially, I go to the University of Manchester to study English and i have no idea what I'm doing.

    I fully expected my A level results to be very poor, I achieved BBB and Manchester still let me in, so I thought I would have a year at least to sort out what I was going to do, and instead was essentially thrust into university. I have no idea why I'm studying English at all, honestly it seems like I had to pick something and I chose a subject I was relatively good at, now I'm at uni I honestly can't deal with the course. Its not too hard, it just doesn't interest me at all, so when i drag myself to lectures I sit there blank faced, the whole time asking myself why I'm here and can't be bothered to do the work at home.

    I assumed I just hadn't got into the swing of university yet, and this was a phase that would pass, until I visited my friend where everyone seemed into their course and happy with there lifestyle. Furthermore, Im in a student house so when I visited my friend in halls I realised what I was missing out on. There is always so much tension in our house, I don't get on with the girls and the fact that I didn't get into halls has made me feel so isolated. On my visit everyone seemed warm and friendly, and things were going on all the time, I don't even have anyone to sit in or walk to lectures with.

    Finally as a town Manchester just isn't me, i feel so lost in the shuffle, I need to be somewhere more country and secluded. It just really feels like this isn't me. I think I would be happier at another uni tbh. The main thing is that if I leave, as I'm in private accommodation, Id have to continue paying rent until a new tenant is found and I don't have the money to do that without the help of student finance.

    It really feels like Philosophy is my, thing. Ive read more philosophy than English since Ive been here, so the question is, whats the procedure for dropping out? Do you think I should? and where do you reckon I can get into with BBB? is UEA or Lancaster for Philosophy an option? Thank you very much for you advice
    Hi there,

    I'm so sorry you're not enjoying your course! Lots of students start a course and find out it's not for them at all - that's the good thing about student finance as you get four years of funding and not just three.

    My advice would be leave if you're not happy, but make sure you've exhausted all possibilities - such as talking to tutors, at least joining or trying to attend a society event (I met most of my friends at a society and they formed my close group).

    In regards to your accommodation, it's a tough one with private as you pretty much sign a year away without any insurance - start looking for someone to take your place as it will take some time.

    Do your research about philosophy and ask if you can do individual open days for philosophy then apply next year and earn some money at home and potential experience in the subject .

    University should be an amazing experience for everyone and my personal opinion is that if you're not happy and you're not passionate about your course - don't waste anymore of your precious student time!

    Hope this helps,
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    Is your friend in Manchester? If so, I think your issues are more your course and accommodation than the city.

    It IS possible to change both (I did in York back in 1999 although ended up dropping out as I was sliding into a deep depression) - early in 1st year you might be allowed to change to Philosophy. And by now there are dropouts if you can get out of your student house contract. (If not, consider trying to change your course first and maybe look at whether you can get Halls in 2nd year.)

    Most Unis are city based unfortunately, I am surprised you can't get on with such a great city like Manchester, makes me wonder where you would be happy TBH. Keele might be a good option for 'in the country' but is not as good a uni as Manchester!

    TBH I would try all options before dropping out. I did and although I 'got through' it the 2nd time, I still had the same rotten experiences socially (its all on a massive thread I wrote about a year ago.)
 
 
 
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