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    Hi, I've only just signed up for this site so sorry if this isn't relevant to the right tag or something. I need advice. I'm about to do my AS exams for Media Studies and Sociology and I've suddenly had the thought of dropping out of college. I do a BTEC for Production Arts/Stage Management and that is my priority as it's the area that I want to work in and have a passion for.For stage management, job wise, all that's needed is experience. Very few people in the industry actually have such qualifications and most that I've spoken to only have a health and safety certificate and experience, so I don't actually need the course that I'm doing now for it anyway. I mean, yeah it's great and looks good for employers, but I just feel like the course itself isn't getting me anywhere. I'm not learning as we've just done research and more research and more research and we've done about 7 essays on the exact same thing. It's not something that can be learnt from a book or wikipedia, it's all about just doing it and learning as you go and getting experience. Everyone else in my class with 1 or 2 exceptions chose the course as a filler so no one is interested and it makes the lessons even more draining. For our last unit, our teacher literally just gave a us a list of ones to do and told us to pick the one we're most likely to get a distinction in. That's not what I want though, I want to learn new things rather than get an easy pass thanks to google. BTW, my teacher is also my tutor and head of section, so if I'm going to talk to anyone about it, it would have to be her anyway. So as an idea, I'm thinking about dropping out of college and jumping straight into volunteer work and learning that way, asking to be shown things from a technician or something like that. I need advice, am I throwing away college and should slow down and stay? Or should I just go for it, leave college and jump straight into it. Get a head start, and what not. I have loads of experience from school, college and a few outside productions, I just need to learn how to use equipment and I wanna be with a crew and not on my own with a laptop. Sorry it's a long one, hope someone can give me advice though. Please don't say 'do what you feel is best for you' because I feel torn enough. I love college and the friends I've made, I just feel like I'm not going anywhere with it.

    Why drop out when you have endured through most of the academic year? I don't see why you wouldn't just sit the AS exams now. The new system means that you get a standalone qualification in those subjects. I understand you want to work in theatre but surely having some AS qualifications as a backup won't hurt?
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