Uh oh, so you’ve started your course and it wasn’t quite what you were expecting, so what’s next? It’s easy enough to lose motivation in a course you love let alone one you are dreading attending each week. Just remember, It’s not the end of the world if you have found yourself in a course you don’t like, start by having an open and honest chat with your academic adviser and they can discuss options with you, it might be as simple as changing to a similar course within the uni. For example, if you have studies a semester of English literature you might be able to change to a film and television course instead.
Read on to check out my top tips of what to do if you’re not into your course:
Find out what it is you don’t like about your course and address the issue/s
Maybe you are homesick or the work load is much more than you expected? Whatever it is it’s important to identify the key issues and start to put a plan in place to rectify it. The truth is persistence is key, and there was a reason you chose this course to begin with. If you still imagine your career being in this field, then you might have to think seriously about the ramifications if you decide to leave. Remember that uni year one is never easy and there will be a lot of adjustments to be made to find your groove with study, making new friends and your living arrangements. It’s important to identify that the problem is indeed the course and not just with the huge changes you are currently undertaking as a new student.
It might be time to change courses or even university
Your happiness is the most important thing, and it is almost impossible to give it your best if you are dreading going to class everyday. So if you are convinced that you need to change the course you are studying then first you must decide what course you would like to move too. Chat to your tutors and existing students to make sure the course is exactly what you want to do, you don’t want to change courses and find yourself in the same situation. Switching a course can be easier than you think, just chat to your uni about the appropriate course of action at your uni and get it done quickly so you don’t miss out on to much of the new course you are transferring to.
It’s important you do what you are passionate about
You only have one life so if you have answered the questions above and realised that uni might just not be for you then that’s ok too. There are so many career paths you can take outside of university, you haven’t failed nor given up you have just decided that there must be a better way. Before leaving your course research the other pathways you can take to get you to the same place, it could be a private collage or a hands on apprenticeship you have found in the career you love whatever it is make sure your plan is fool proof. There is no point in leaving your course if you don’t have a backup plan in place, you will just get down on yourself and the process of learning as a whole.
No uni course is going to be a walk in the park and it will take some time to adapt to your new learning structure, but that’s what first year is for, it’s the time to settle, get you bearings and make new friends. You might find that once you are settled the work and workload won’t seem as daunting and in turn be much more fun to study.
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