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Should I continue?

I’m currently on a year long leave of absence from medical school. I finished second year and passed all my exams with high grades, but the prospect of starting third year absolutely terrified me.

I had counselling to try and calm my anxiety, but I was still incredibly depressed and anxious. I went back for the first couple of days in the hope that I would enjoy them, but even though I put on a brave face, deep down I was struggling.

In the end I decided to take a year out. I’m still not sure whether that was the best decision, but it was the only thing I felt I could do to stop it from getting worse at the time.

I’m now trying to decide whether to return to medical school, or whether I should pursue something else (although I’ve no idea what).

If I left now I would have a Medical Science diploma, but not a degree.

Current options are:
- go back. If I pass 3rd year I’d get a BSc.
- try and convert what I have into another degree (OpenUni? and then potentially a Masters)

If I went back I wouldn’t feel confident moving away from home, but my parents have offered to rent somewhere with me.
And I’m absolutely terrified of going back. I really want a job that helps people but I don’t know if I’ll cope.

Any suggestions about how to know if you’re making the right decision?
(edited 2 months ago)
I think you should consider returning. But first...

Reach out to your university health and wellbeing team, AND

the disability and dyslexia service at your university.


Your mental health concerns would be considered a long term condition that might qualify you for assitance and additional support through the university's specialised support services.

The Disabled Students Allowance (I hate that name) is an addition pot of funding availble to help fund and put in place the adjustments you need to be successful on your course. I've gone through that process - its handled with care, and total privacy, you'll recieve excellent specific advice, and know how you'll know how you can be successful in your third year.

In a years time you could be graduating, and able to do what ever you want with your degree. Wether you choose to remain in medicine or another career path.

If you transfer to another university your academic credits may not map directly to modules offered. You may have to repeat similar modules, or complete extra study to recieve the award you deserve.

Side note: I did my first two degrees with the open university. They're fabulous but the pressures are the same academically.

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