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3rd year art student, regretting everything

Im about to graduate a fine art course. I got into university on a law degree, and have been struggling mentally for years so for some impulsive reason I switched from law to art. I have now done three years of it now, and throughout that gained such an interest in archeology and marine biology. I am consumed by sadness due to my absolute waste of three years and student finance. I don’t really have 36k to drop on a biology course so i am absolutely lost. I also for some reason have accommodation booked for next year so now i have to do a masters or something. Is there anything i can do about pursuing something i actually want to do or do I just give up. How would you cope?
Original post by Phoenix200
Im about to graduate a fine art course. I got into university on a law degree, and have been struggling mentally for years so for some impulsive reason I switched from law to art. I have now done three years of it now, and throughout that gained such an interest in archeology and marine biology. I am consumed by sadness due to my absolute waste of three years and student finance. I don’t really have 36k to drop on a biology course so i am absolutely lost. I also for some reason have accommodation booked for next year so now i have to do a masters or something. Is there anything i can do about pursuing something i actually want to do or do I just give up. How would you cope?


You can receive additional funding for second degrees depending on the subject and often if it is a part-time course (see If you already have a degree on the following page):

https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/who-qualifies

Work out what course you really would like to apply for and then post in the Ask Student Finance England forum giving details of the course and your previous study to see if you would be eligible for funding:

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=910

Then consider getting someone to take over your tennancy for next year and put a proper plan in place. " so now i have to do a masters or something" sounds like you've not really thought this through and you could end up doing another course that you regret.
Original post by Phoenix200
Im about to graduate a fine art course. I got into university on a law degree, and have been struggling mentally for years so for some impulsive reason I switched from law to art. I have now done three years of it now, and throughout that gained such an interest in archeology and marine biology. I am consumed by sadness due to my absolute waste of three years and student finance. I don’t really have 36k to drop on a biology course so i am absolutely lost. I also for some reason have accommodation booked for next year so now i have to do a masters or something. Is there anything i can do about pursuing something i actually want to do or do I just give up. How would you cope?

You need to stop wasting money on education and get out into the real world and make career decisions based on evidence. The answer to what you are going to do in life isn't going to be found in a text book.
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Does the grass always look greener on the other side to you? I only ask because it may be that you have a natural tendency to transfer your attention and passion to a fresh subject once you have reached a certain knowledge level rather than consolidate what you have. If you had the money, you could be a perpetual student, but assuming you don't, the time may have come where a pragmatic decision needs to be taken. Art to Archaeology or Marine Biology is too big a leap to try and bridge on a one year PG course.
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Original post by Phoenix200
Im about to graduate a fine art course. I got into university on a law degree, and have been struggling mentally for years so for some impulsive reason I switched from law to art. I have now done three years of it now, and throughout that gained such an interest in archeology and marine biology. I am consumed by sadness due to my absolute waste of three years and student finance. I don’t really have 36k to drop on a biology course so i am absolutely lost. I also for some reason have accommodation booked for next year so now i have to do a masters or something. Is there anything i can do about pursuing something i actually want to do or do I just give up. How would you cope?

Hi there,

I'm sorry to read this! However, I want to assure you that, while you may not want to pursue your degree subject further right now, it definitely was not a waste. You can use the skills and experience to help guide you in other areas. I would advise visiting your careers service asap to see if they can guide you. Perhaps you could get some work experience to see if you like the field and learn some more about it before committing? It is great that you now have discovered something that you're passionate about and the rest can be sorted out with time!

All the best,
Jaz - Cardiff student rep

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