So you’ve nailed your grades and now you’ve been accepted into the uni degree you’ve always been dreaming of and while it started off strong, you feel like you’re losing your way... Well, you are not alone. Recent studies show that 1 in 5 students are dropping out of university within the first year (which is frightening!)
We want you to do your best and also know that there are other options if you are drowning in self-doubt or having second thoughts about the course you are enrolled in.
Check out our top tips below to get you back on track with your studies if you are feeling like uni wasn’t what you signed up for.
- A full time course can equate to 35 – 45 hours of study per week and with reports, essays, tests and presentations due regularly it is understandably difficult to manage. That’s why, the first step is to think about your study and work balance as a whole. Uni isn’t just about studying; there is a huge social curriculum that you can tap into within your uni that will give you relief from all of the books and lectures. Meet your classmates for a drink or join a sports team, it doesn’t matter if you’re into sports, art or politics there is bound to be a group that suits you.
- Now here’s the hard hitting question... Are you still interested in your course? If the answer is a firm no then there are plenty of options available to you, however it’s best to consider the following when making a decision;
- Is there a course in a similar subject and department that you want to transfer to? Or are you looking for something completely different?
- If you transfer to a new course you might have to catch up on additional work, do you think you can handle it?
- If you change courses will your student loan change? Can you afford it?
- Friends? Are you making them? Do you have them? Uni can be a very lonely place if you don’t have study buddies or friends to catch up with outside of the designated study or lab times, so just make sure that this isn’t why you aren’t enjoying uni and if it is, why you aren’t maybe it’s time to step out of your shell and make some friends. Start by joining on campus initiatives, look into getting a part time job and if all else fails look into some cool apps, like Bumble Friends that can help you to meet like-minded people (who are just looking for friendships) within your area.
- Maybe it’s time to think about TAFE, a private learning college or online study? Not only is TAFE much cheaper to study, the courses are generally a lot shorter too. University isn’t the only place you can get a degree, TAFE and private colleges offers bachelor degrees as well. There are also plenty of work experience and placements through TAFE that will be attached to your course so you can get a head start on the other grads that are looking at working in your field too. If you are looking for a more flexible study environment and like the thought of studying completely autonomously then perhaps an online course is just what the doctor ordered, studying online has become hugely popular in the last 5 years and the success rate (though your degree might take a little longer) is generally very high. So why not let your study work for you?
- Just remember that leaving uni isn’t failing, sometimes ‘dropping out’ is just cutting yourself loose from something that wasn’t for you. You will be much happier and much more engaged in what you are doing when you change to something that actually excites you.
At the end of the day, if a course isn’t working for you and there is absolutely no way you want to stick it out, make the decision concrete and continue your education in another way, one that will you be happy doing. Nothing is worth more than your happiness. So go on and do you!
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