I don’t do many #CollegeLife posts. As an unobservant freshman, I don’t get a lot of time to stop and reflect on college. I’m sure lots of freshmen are perfectly happy to expound on the joys that make college worth it. For most it is. but now I’m listing serious reasons to drop out of, or not go to, college.
- You experience a health crisis you do not know how to deal with: you are sick, physically, mentally, or both, and it is impacting you academically. Do not run at the first sign of sickness, wait for a reasonable time period, and if the available help -And Do Get Help- is not making a significant contribution to helping you, then you need to take a break.
- You have a plan B, plan C, options: before taking any drastic step, consider your options. Just because plan A didn’t work, doesn’t mean you have to give up. Whatever college or degree program you want is not the only one out there. You may even be surprised to find out that the beautiful campus next door only offers your passion as a minor. Do research and have backups wherever you go.
- Your family needs you: this is the worst excuse. No matter what your family situation is, it can only get better if there’s a college graduate in the family. If your family is in crisis, then yes, help as much as you must. If that means leaving, at least take community or online college on the side to continue your education. Coupled with other problems, it is a factor to consider. It depends per situation, so don’t take it heavier or lighter than need be.
- There is no one to support you on campus: It is unlikely that you are completely and utterly alone. You’re in college! Yet if all of the resources and clubs don’t suit you or accept you, and you can’t found your own, yeah, you should go somewhere where you have the support you need.
This isn’t a comprehensive list, and I don’t recommend dropping out. I recommend dropping if it’s in your best interests, but you should try again later, or try on a lesser scale.