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    Hi guys, first post here- be nice please!

    So I am a Scottish student , currently in my third year of a four year undergrad course. As far as the course goes, I really enjoy the content, and I have confidence in my ability that I can graduate with a good standard of degree (2:1 or 1st class, should I be 100% focused).

    At least, the above is true for the first year and a half.

    Towards the end of second year, I started to have a lot of issues with my mental health (anxiety and depression) and it has really taken its toll on my performance and motivation at University. I managed to stumble over the line in second year and at that point, I considered the possibility of taking a year out to focus on boosting my well being (as well as taking a year out from studying, which tends to exacerbate my mental health issues), before returning to Uni feeling refreshed and motivated. I decided against this however, which I now feel was a mistake.

    Fast forward to today. I'm 7 weeks into the first semester of third year, and I am seriously questioning my desire to succeed. Due to depression, my attendance at lectures and tutorials has been abysmal to say the least, and I feel as though there is little point in pursuing my goals at a point where my mind won't let me perform to my very best.

    I'm just writing this to see what you guys think I should do? Also, if there is anyone out there who has taken a break from university- is it worth it? I'd love to hear your stories.
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    (Original post by Kezzinho)
    Hi guys, first post here- be nice please!

    So I am a Scottish student , currently in my third year of a four year undergrad course. As far as the course goes, I really enjoy the content, and I have confidence in my ability that I can graduate with a good standard of degree (2:1 or 1st class, should I be 100% focused).

    At least, the above is true for the first year and a half.

    Towards the end of second year, I started to have a lot of issues with my mental health (anxiety and depression) and it has really taken its toll on my performance and motivation at University. I managed to stumble over the line in second year and at that point, I considered the possibility of taking a year out to focus on boosting my well being (as well as taking a year out from studying, which tends to exacerbate my mental health issues), before returning to Uni feeling refreshed and motivated. I decided against this however, which I now feel was a mistake.

    Fast forward to today. I'm 7 weeks into the first semester of third year, and I am seriously questioning my desire to succeed. Due to depression, my attendance at lectures and tutorials has been abysmal to say the least, and I feel as though there is little point in pursuing my goals at a point where my mind won't let me perform to my very best.

    I'm just writing this to see what you guys think I should do? Also, if there is anyone out there who has taken a break from university- is it worth it? I'd love to hear your stories.
    Sorry to hear what you are going through pal - I've been through a $hit phase like this before.

    I was in a similar position to you when I was at university and at one point wanted to quit and take a year out. Suffered from depression and anxiety since high school and tried counselling at university - it didn't help. I stayed strong and completed the course with a First Class Honours degree.

    I know what it is like going through the phase you are going through but my advise to you is to stay strong. Complete that course and whatever you do don't take that break. Graduate first and then take a big break after to sort it all out.

    Hope it goes well
 
 
 
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