Thinking of dropping out of uni because of mental health?

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I'm currently studying languages at UCL, but I'm really struggling. I wasn't sure if I really wanted to go in the first place but I decided to go anyway because I didn't want to pass up the opportunity.

However, my entire course is online this year, and as I was living with my nan about 40 minutes away from campus, I have barely been able to meet anyone. I was already feeling isolated and stressed from my course and last week, my nan died. I'm still grieving and now I'm living in a house alone, which will soon be sold and I will have to look into finding somewhere else to live, which I can't afford the rent for at the minute.

At the minute, I am staying with my family at home but I am dreading going back to London next week. As I am recovering from covid, I'm struggling to eat and as a result I'm pretty much constantly feeling sick. I just feel like everything's piling up on top of me and I just want to be with my family for comfort but the longer I stay at home, the more opportunities I miss to put myself out there and meet people. I'm worried that the longer I leave it, the harder it will be for me to go back.

If the covid situation was not as bad, I could think about staying at home and taking a year out to work or do an apprenticeship, but at the minute there is nothing available. I don't want to spend a year doing nothing, but I'm seriously struggling at uni, and there aren't many opportunities to make friends because of where I am. I want to do what's best for my mental health, but if I drop out now, I'll still have money to pay back to student finance and I feel like I will have wasted a year.
Any advice would be great, thanks.
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(Original post by zorypka)
I'm currently studying languages at UCL, but I'm really struggling. I wasn't sure if I really wanted to go in the first place but I decided to go anyway because I didn't want to pass up the opportunity.

However, my entire course is online this year, and as I was living with my nan about 40 minutes away from campus, I have barely been able to meet anyone. I was already feeling isolated and stressed from my course and last week, my nan died. I'm still grieving and now I'm living in a house alone, which will soon be sold and I will have to look into finding somewhere else to live, which I can't afford the rent for at the minute.

At the minute, I am staying with my family at home but I am dreading going back to London next week. As I am recovering from covid, I'm struggling to eat and as a result I'm pretty much constantly feeling sick. I just feel like everything's piling up on top of me and I just want to be with my family for comfort but the longer I stay at home, the more opportunities I miss to put myself out there and meet people. I'm worried that the longer I leave it, the harder it will be for me to go back.

If the covid situation was not as bad, I could think about staying at home and taking a year out to work or do an apprenticeship, but at the minute there is nothing available. I don't want to spend a year doing nothing, but I'm seriously struggling at uni, and there aren't many opportunities to make friends because of where I am. I want to do what's best for my mental health, but if I drop out now, I'll still have money to pay back to student finance and I feel like I will have wasted a year.
Any advice would be great, thanks.
Talk to uni support services and your tutor. make them aware of the situation and your concerns.

You get a gift year so you could suspend studies or reapply/ defer or choose a different uni whenever you wanted to go back.
From the feedback being in uni accommodation also has drawbacks and socialising is far from easy, many would wish to be at home due to cv19.

My advice you have until the end of the terms so explore avenues to see if you can get help to make it better . GP and uni support.

If you decide to leave then do so before the second term liability for fees kicks in.

Make sure you state mh reasons and cv 19.
Get a letter from your GP/ counsellor and the uni as to the reasons you left.

Go and get a job after to earn money.

Apply for next year and then see what happens with CV19. Your MH is more important than worrying about missing a year.
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