Justifying dropping out of university!
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Feb 11, 2013 2:15 AM Last Post By: gawkabout
Nov 11, 2012 11:59 AM
Justifying dropping out of university!Hi everyone,
Last year after finishing school I traveled solo through Nepal, India and South East Africa for 8 months and absolutely loved it. I largely did volunteering and traveled to where ever seemed like a good place to go at the time. However I'm now in university and whilst I'm enjoying my course and made lots of mates I can't help but feel it is a complete waste of my time. I'm hardly in during the week and it's costing me a fortune. I'm studying politics which has absolutely no guarantee of a job after my 3 years!
Essentially I guess I'm a bit bored and unfulfilled. I can't stop thinking about getting some money together and heading away again. However, if i do decide to go I need to end up in a better place after 3 years than where I would be if I stuck at uni.
So to the point. I get that by travelling you learn invaluable information and mature as a person etc etc.. but can anyone suggest places to go/courses to enroll in/type of travel to undertake that will ultimately help me in the long run. I guess I am largely interested in politics and international journalism and so would be looking to progress down those lines.
Sorry for this rambling post but I just thought I'd try my luck. I'm essentially trying to find a way of justifying dropping out!!
Any advice whatsoever would be hugely appreciated.
Nov 11, 2012 2:18 PM
1How about an internship at an embassy or an international organisation. You could stay in a different country for a few months, do short trips at weekends, maybe start a website about that country and stuff like and your studies would actually benefit from it.
After that you can decide if you want to go back to university or try your luck traveling or working abroad.
Nov 11, 2012 3:01 PM
2I'm now in my 60s and like most of my generation didn't go to university - I got my qualifications going to night school for 7 years, but later in life learnt that it wasn't just the stuff you actually learnt that was important, and which night school gave me, but that a decent university course trains the mind in how to think - it should have a much wider remit than just learning a subject. As a result, I'm critical of some courses which look like glorified versions of the night school courses I took (media studies anybody???). I had the opportunity in my 30's to do a part-time degree course, but seeing what some of my nephews and nieces have done at uni recently has given them a much wider ability to use their minds and an ability to apply an academic approach to a wide range of topics they come across in their working and personal lives.
Yes you do learn about yourself by travelling, and it ought to mature you as an individual, but in my view that should be as well as some brain training, whereas you seem to be thinking of it as an alternative. I can't comment on your course, but I would suggest you consider whether and how it teaches you to deal with problem areas you are unfamiliar with and whether it teaches you to think before you act, and how to approach unfamiliar subjects - I think that's a "can you see the wood from the trees?" issue. And apologies if I sound like grandad - but I've had some practice at that.
Nov 16, 2012 5:01 AM
Nov 18, 2012 8:23 AM
4Honestly I think you'd be making a huge mistake dropping out of Uni but that is, ultimately, your call. however there are things you look into. Namely studying abroad. Does your University have any partnership programmes with other Universities elsewhere. Have you looked into Erasmus type programmes?
The other thing is that you have 3 months in the Summer - as suggested above, look for an internship, at an embassy, International Organisation, News Paper... just work hard in finding one abroad somewhere.
You could drop out of Uni and start working or get an aprenticeship somewhere and be better off in 3 years but then find yourself in 6 years unable to progress further because you're missing that degree. You're still young, there's plenty of time to go explore the world. Don't be in such a hurry.
Nov 23, 2012 9:58 PM
5Dropping out isn't a permanent arrangement, you can always go back to university. You can't get back the time or money you spent on a degree that you may never use. More young people should be encouraged to explore their interests before going to school. It's way too expensive and time consuming for anyone who isn't sure what they want to study or if they want to be there.
Feb 10, 2013 3:14 PM
6Think your mad if you stay in uni doing a dead end as such course, live life don't waste it!
Do you want to spend the next 40 years of your life pushing keys on a computer, barely paying a mortgage and spending two weeks with the kids in Spain??????
I was in college in the ninties (i have a professional degree and my own practicesince 2006), and did some summertime travelling then but its only in the last 2 years i have really been in a position to travel again. Debts, pressure to geta job and watching all your friends settle down when you graduate mean that virtually no one travels after college proper.
I probably never would have again either, only (thankfully) never married and my current partner is in her mid twenties and has an interest in travel too.
I dropped out of college at 21 for a year and rode horses, loved every minute of it and never regretted it for a second, but for definate if i had life to live over again i would have worked for a year or 2 saved a bit and gone on the road for a year or two.
Feb 11, 2013 2:15 AM
7I always suggest college students travel after their soph year. Tastining the real world may put a new rudder on their scholastic ship.
We have to live with our job. Most of us work an eight hour day. What should we do the other hours? Research or have a hobby that you truly love. Maybe you can make a business out of it. Or at least make it pay for itself.
Minor subjects count.
At most funerals, they always say,"He led a full life."
How often is that bs?
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