Why Dropping Out of College Isn't The End All Be All

by - Friday, August 02, 2019

I think it's time I let a secret out in my blog: I actually dropped out of college and took a year to work and to take other classes outside college, and then I decided to go back to university at a different school in mid 2018. Dropping out can feel like the worst thing you can do to yourself and your parents (because I'm sure we've all heard the " I paid for your education so you'd better finish it!" clause at one point or another), but here's why dropping out of college isn't the end of the world.

Older people go to college
Ever since going back to college I've met a lot of people who are a lot older than I am (for reference I will be turning 25 in October). I've met a few lovely ladies who are actually grandmothers, and a few who are mothers themselves who work full time. There's nothing shameful about having to drop out of school, whether it's due to life commitments or mental health situations.

It gives you time to think about what you really want to do
Every senior in high school is pressured to go straight to college once they graduate in the states, and I think that it's unfair because college isn't for everyone. Some people can't handle the stress that school brings, others hate the environment of the school they're in, but in most cases, people change their minds all the time about what they want to do (hence why some people change their majors a few times before finally settling on one). It's okay if you want to do what I did and work for a while after dropping out, because then you also gain experience and insight into working.

Your happiness is all that matters
In the end, if you're not happy with what you're doing, you shouldn't keep doing it just for the sake of your parents or whoever's paying for your college. If you're not happy being in college, then you shouldn't keep going just for a piece of paper that's not going to matter in 5 years time (not saying that all degrees are like this but you get my point). College is a time where you can switch your major as many times as you want and hopefully you'll find something you like.

As I said, dropping out of college can be a daunting, maybe heartbreaking experience for everyone involved, but you shouldn't push yourself or suck it up just because you're socially expected to get your degree by 22. You should be doing something you like and that makes you happy (and also earns money, but that's another story), whether it involves college or not

Are you a college dropout?

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