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    Hey guys I have a dilemma.

    I am suffering so much and the pressure of university is getting to me. I am dyslexic which has made life a living hell. I am smart but do badly in exams due to my poor memory.I studied at Oxford in a degree which was heavily essay based and required a lot of memorising which my brain couldn't handle. I got thirds every year, and even had to resit a year.

    I dropped out of Oxford a few months before graduation as I couldn't cope with getting a bad degree. I reapplied to another university to do a different subject which I thought I'd enjoy and would be good at. However, the same thing is happening again, although not to such a bad extent.

    I have really tried everything from different softwares to CBT, but I am getting fed up. The most frustrating thing is that it is only one little thing (not being able to do exams) which is ruining everything. If I could overcome this obstacle, I know I would be able to move on with my life.

    I am now questioning if it is worth sticking it out. I knew I was dyslexic but was determined to overcome this. If I knew that I would be struggling like this, I would have gone to art or architecture school. I am wondering now if I should continue trying at this last hurdle (which seems impossible), or save my energy and do an art degree. I am already 25 though
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    (Original post by Piegirl8)
    Hey guys I have a dilemma.

    I enjoy studying, however I am suffering so much and the pressure of university is getting to me. I am dyslexic, and this single factor has made my life a living hell. I always understand the content better than most people however I always do badly in exams due to my poor memory. This has impacted my life greatly and I have developed an anxiety disorder because of it. Every aspect of my life has been affected because of this, especially my social life and love life. I studied at Oxford, but in a degree which was heavily essay based and required a lot of memorising which my brain couldn't handle. I got thirds every year, and even had to resit a year.

    I dropped out of Oxford a few months before graduation as I couldn't cope with getting a bad degree. I reapplied to another university to do a different subject which I thought I'd enjoy and would be good at. However, the same thing is happening again, although not to such a bad extent.

    I have really tried everything from different softwares to CBT, but I am getting fed up. The most frustrating thing is that it is only one little thing (not being able to do exams) which is ruining everything. If I could overcome this obstacle, I know I would be able to move on with my life.

    I am now questioning if it is worth sticking it out. I knew I was dyslexic but was determined to overcome this. If I knew that I would be struggling like this, I would have gone to art or architecture school. I am wondering now if I should continue trying at this last hurdle (which seems impossible), or save my energy and do an art degree. I am already 25 though
    Don't give up Funding a uni course may prove a problem but just because you struggle with essay subjects, doesnt mean you can't get a 1st in another degree.
    Kudos to you for getting into oxford, you are clearly very intelligent or they wouldnt have offered you the place so don't let your different learning style/ brain wiring let you think any different.

    I have dyslexia and dyspraxia myself and i know how much of a battle things can be on a daily basis and that not everyone sees how much of a struggle it is, but you can't let it win.

    My self esteem was absolutely rock bottom before starting university (i got BEE in my a levels) and last year i got straight firsts in all of my essays with a great deal of support and learning the right way, although i m not the most confident person i do actually believe in myself now (i m now following a different career path but do at some point plan on finishing my degree).
    Maybe take some time out to figure out, what it is that you really love to do in life, when you find what that is, you can overcome anything really. Once you find a subject, look into whether you are entitled to complelling personal reasons or if you can self fund through open uni.

    You're welcome to PM me if you want someone to talk to.
 
 
 
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