|05-16-2007, 07:46 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2007
Should I take a break from my studies?
Hello, everybody. I have a little problem I could use your insight on.
For the last two and a half years I am experiencing a so-called academic slump. In the middle of my senior year in high school I (for various reasons) lost all interest in studying. Nevertheless, I still managed to keep the decrease of my average at minimum, ace my finals and get into university, but not regain my motivation.
In the first semester, I noticed that the change of surroundings (moving to another city) seemed to help quite much. In the second semester, however, I got a high-paying job, let my studies slide and ended up dropping out (voluntarily).
I thought "well, the second time's the charm" and applied again. However, as the whole ordeal was not too well received by my parents (and of course I did not feel that good for literally wasting an entire year of my life), I lapsed into depression followed by severe health problems that ended in all-time low doing literally nothing for the whole summer, and also quitting the previously mentioned high-paying job.
Now I am about to finish my second first year in college and I see that the problem still exists. I am doing about twice as good as last year, though, but I am still going to finish only a little above the required minimum of credits.
It is funny, though. I know I have it good. I have overcome depression and all health problems (well, a couple of them I am just managing, but managing good). I exercise (semi)regularly. I have great social relationships. I have a part-time (well, about "fifth-time") job. I am studying the subject I don't just like, but love. Nevertheless, I have no motivation whatsoever when it comes to academia, I have to force myself even to copy-paste myself a simple 5-minute presentation in English, for crying out loud.
I apologise for continuing the rant for so long. The idea I just got - how about I take a academic leave in until the end of this (calendar) year, that is till the end of this and for the whole next semester. Right now, I seem to be overwhelmed with school to get anything done at work and overwhelmed at work to get anything done at school. I will not even mention the personal projects / business plans I have almost abandoned with no hope to revive. This would let me work full time, pay off some or all the debts I have and start fresh in the beginning of 2008. Academic leave would mean I am still a student, so I can remain living in the dormitory (which costs pennies). I can keep all student discounts, because the discount cards I have are valid until December. I have no grants / student loans that I depend on. I do not have to pay any tuition. I am already pulling my own weight, so I do not have to ask for any financial support from my parents (I do have to pay back a personal loan I took from them however) and therefore I can pretty much ignore any destructive criticism I get from them (this was not the case the last time). And, last but not least, for all subjects I am currently enrolled in my registration will be cancelled, so I don't have to finish them, what in turn would save me a probable decrease in my average that I was heading for. About half of the work I have done so far in this semester I can transfer forward, but I wouldn't really mind doing it over (repetition is the basis for knowledge, after all). Only thing I would miss is not being able to take the language courses I planned for next semester, but perhaps I can work around that, if the lecturer is forthcoming (I do not care for the credits anyway, I want them for the language practice).
It seems that I have rambled on for quite a while. Even if noone bothers to read it, I at least got my thoughts out to paper. Now I would like to hear yours, if you have any.
|05-16-2007, 08:16 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2007
Meeting people with similar interests can help...
Never be alone when studying but never allow anyone to get into your life..
Studying and going through life with Likeminded friends is helpfull...
Give yourself mental spaces....Get good sleep
Organise and plan ahead everything regarding your studies...
Plan what you need to know by the end of the seminster....Clarity is power
Organize your life. Getting in the state of "flow" will get you to the end without pain at all....
|05-17-2007, 02:38 AM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Last year I read a great book, The Student Success Manifesto. (The book is available through Amazon, and it looks like you can download a free ebook from the site, Success Manifesto - Student Success Redefined)
I think this resource might offer some good perspectives. The book gave a few examples of students who took semesters off to re-orient themselves. In one example, if I remember correctly, a student took a semester off, yet spent the first few months doing nothing, essentially being lazy. Yet this was still a time for him to re-orient, albeit at his own, very slow pace. This student went back to college and became very successful, claiming that the semester off was one of his best decisions.
I think the book was largely intended for students-soon-to-be-entreprenuers, but perhaps you can skim it and see if there's anything applicable to your situation -- again, I read it a year ago so this recommendation may be a bit off target.
Oh, hey, I found it on google books! The Student Success Manifesto: The Guide to ... - Google Book Search
|05-17-2007, 05:47 AM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
I was in the same boat. I took the year off...it's the best decision I ever made.
I strongly recommend that you take time off until you feel like going back.
Many people on this forum will try to bully you into going back. Make sure to put their advice in context.
Just ignore the trolls. It's ultimately your life. Isn't this whole website about differentiating yourself from the masses?
For the record, Uni. may be a good choice for some people. But it sounds to me like you're spending time there, when you really want to be pursuing other projects.
My guess is that, when it's time for you to go back (if you go back), you'll know. And these problems will be gone.
The chance to save your average is another great reason to leave for now.
If your average ends up low, then still, don't stress out. More and more, other things are coming into play.
But really, when it comes down to it...it's the GPA that supposedly represents you. It is much, MUCH easier to go back to school, with a new attitude, than it is to raise a low GPA.
Here are some quotes helped me in my decision:
Last edited by Tasaio; 05-17-2007 at 05:54 AM.
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