08 Apr Question That is Out of the Question-Should You Quit College?
College is hard, and sometimes it can feel like it’s a lot of work and you’re not going to get anything out of it. Should you quit?
If there are medical reasons for withdrawing from studies then my answer is definitely yes. You can return to studies later when you’re fit and well but trying to push yourself too hard against the advice of your doctor is just asking for trouble. Whether it’s depression, cancer, or anything if you go to the doctor and they recommend you leave college for the time being then do so.
You think you’ve chosen the wrong major
Choosing the wrong major is not a reason to quit college. If you’ve only got a semester left to go or part of a semester then I think you should stick it out to the end. Why? You at least have a completed qualification and as you’re so close to the end it makes sense to do so. If you’ve got more than a semester to go find out what you need to do to change your major. If it’s in a similar field you may well end up with only an extra semester of studies to change to the major of your choice.
You’re not sure college is for you
College isn’t for everyone, and because of the way it works it’s a big change in your life. If you’re just not sure if college is for you I would recommend sticking it out for at least a full year, and use this time to evaluate your career goals – is there another way to get the job you want?
If you’ve already been studying for a year or more than I would recommend sticking it out to the end of the semester unless you’re so close to the beginning you can get this semester’s fees refunded. You also have the added bonus of not having to re-do half a course you’ve already completed if you ever change your mind.
If you’re absolutely certain you want to drop out of college…
Take some time to write down the reasons why. If you can talk to someone, preferably someone impartial then do so. Do talk to your family and close friends about your decision as well but bear in mind that they may be biased. For example my parents have always told me I was going to get a university degree and if I were considering dropping out they would definitely do their best to persuade me to stay in and graduate.
Make the decision that makes you happy. Unfortunately we don’t yet have a time machine that will allow us to check up on what happens in the future so you can’t be 100% certain with your decision. But remember at the end of the day there’s no point living a life that makes you miserable, and if you later decide you do want a degree you can use the college credits you’ve already earned towards it.