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I Dropped Out of College

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    Not as much as dropping

    as in stopped going to all my classes
    newfounddream newfounddream 26-30, F Feb 12

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    Gates?

    if it we're possible, I would like to encourage the change of this groups image. It doesn't matter much, it is true that gates level of financial success might be sort of a heroic ideal of inspiration, that a college drop out can still succeed. However, gates isn't a person...
    Jacob1080David Jacob1080David 22-25, M 4 Responses Mar 4, 2011

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    I dropped out of college way back in 2008

    and went to work for a while. It was a lot of fun working in the food service world but got tiring after a while. I met a lot of amazing friends over the years and still am very close with them. Just in 2014 tho I was convince to go back and right now after the next couple weeks...
    alackeret alackeret 26-30, M 1 Response May 2

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    With one semester left.

    .. Because class /roommates gf stress just became too much. I went from loving life, making tons of cash, living the American collegiate dream to back home in my twin size bed. In bed by 12, spending all that money.. It's been 3 weeks, and I think I made a mistake.
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Mar 31

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    Couldn't afford it. I'm stuck living paycheck

    to paycheck in this endless routine with no spare time to keep on with my studies. Sometimes I wished the world operated a slightly different way, than to suffer through financial issues daily.
    GradientEve GradientEve 22-25, F Dec 22, 2014

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    Wishy-washy

    well right now I'm just taking a break.  Seriously, it's just a break.  I miss it a lot!  I don't need school to learn but I do need it to ensure I don't work at a dead-end job forever.  I have a brain and maybe it can be of some use to someone other than...
    eromreven eromreven 26-30 5 Responses Mar 21, 2008

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    I feel like my life is not complete

    and I feel like a failure
    mark31653165 mark31653165 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 31

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    Music School Dropout

    I spent the last year and a half paving my way to the best music school in america-- Berklee college of music.  Knowing that legends such as John Mayer and Quincy Jones had attended, I knew that I needed to go there too.  However, once I got there, once I experienced...
    passionfollower passionfollower 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 14, 2010

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    Collage Wasn't For Me

    I dropped out of collage cause it just wasn't what I wanted to do with my life. I went to collage, in the photography program. I took the first few classes and realized that photography wasn't really a career, it's more a hobby. I couldn't even live on what I would be selling. I...
    eastsidechick eastsidechick 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 5, 2007

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    I struggled physically

    and mentally with it, at least that's the version I give. In reality, I didn't have the strength and make enough effort to get my degree. It remains my biggest regret If I had a degree, my life would be excellent. I don't believe those people who say you don't need a...
    RealLifePerson RealLifePerson 26-30, M 1 Response May 21

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    Day One

    It is my first day as a college dropout. I dropped out of a great 4 year private liberal arts college in which I was a sophomore, had a 3.8 GPA, a full scholarship, great friends, great support, and great classes. My reasoning? I am sick of the "college degree = success" notion...
    alexahavok337 alexahavok337 18-21, F Oct 11, 2012

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    I didn't really make it through the second

    semester of my first year. I was in Music Business Management&Administration. It was the first time that I was medicated for my mental health. I figured that my job and mental health needed to come first (wrong decision.) I'm going back to college for a program regarding...
    grindhound grindhound 22-25, T 1 Response May 20

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    I Dropped Out Of College

    Actually I never ever wanted to go to school. I even ran from my home to quit school, because I knew my parents won't allow me to quit school. I didn't want to go to school or college afterwards. It was like I couldn't say "No, I don't want to college or school. I want to quit...
    vineeth85 vineeth85 26-30 1 Response Jun 5, 2011

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    I dropped out of college Pour yourself a cup of

    coffee or tea to prepare yourself for my past experience. Honestly I had no other choice nor any help. I guess you may say that I dropped out but the truth of the matter is I was forced to leave college due to some circumstances at the time in my life and I regret ever making...
    Msprissy Msprissy 36-40, F 1 Response May 5

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    Years Ago

    i dropped out cause i was frustrated and didnt like the classes i needed to take to finish a degree or even a measly little certificate. so i told myself i was going to go back eventually but probably transfer to another local community college. well i never got around to that...
    violet1698 violet1698 31-35, F 3 Responses Aug 28, 2013

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    Years ago...found my work experience to be more

    valuable than my school experience so much that I "failed out". I haven't regretted it for a second; I came out ahead.
    kemgeez kemgeez 26-30, F Apr 23

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    I hope you enjoy my road I guess,

    When I was 18 I took the decision of dropping out of college... not for any sake reason such as being lazy or didn't enjoy it but for different reasons. I got a new job which I enjoyed, first time I was getting money and it did feel good... I came home on my break one day to...
    lewismoore7 lewismoore7 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 28

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    A Lot Of Us Should Be Dropouts As Well

    Dropping out of college doesn't mean you're stupid. I dropped out because college wasn't right for me. After my first year of college, I knew I had to leave. It was not the best experience at all and many of my friends told me to transfer to fun party schools but it costs too...
    breathe93 breathe93 18-21, M Sep 18, 2013

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    It was 2014 the Spring Semester,

    I was a Theater & Dance Major life hit me really hard now I don't know what to do. I work part time in a fast food job and most days I get depressed because of my situation. I know that I must do something to change my surrounds I just need encouragement and some sort of...
    ncwd63 ncwd63 18-21, M Jan 1

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    I'm Considering Dropping Out...

    I never really liked school, but I like learning, it just seems hard to find the time. When I first started going to college in 2006, I was taking basic courses just because I didn't know what I wanted to do. And now, seven years and a variety of worthless classes later, I still...
    TheMarlboroMan07 TheMarlboroMan07 26-30, M 2 Responses Jul 31, 2013

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    College Doesn't Equal Knowledge

    College doesn't equal knowledge. I just learned this a few weeks ago. My entire life, I've been indoctrinated with the notion that succeeding in school is the only way to live a happy life. As time went on and as I was brainwashed by my teachers and parents, I transitioned from...
    markpie markpie 18-21 2 Responses Jun 19, 2012

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    I dropped out of college

    after two weeks of attempting to go to it. I felt so...archaic and so far behind. After a horrible break-up and being left by my ex-boyfriend over something that could have been worked on and resolved over I was just left with a lot of endless questions and listless I felt so...
    Lunan0va Lunan0va 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 18

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    I dropped out an year back due to falling

    grades. I thought i would do something on my own like jobs lol but more than an year later i am still at home. I think of going back but fear i might regret again and also what the people there will think of me and might look down at me like an outcast
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Apr 28

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    I started college when I was 18,

    right after leaving a miserable unsafe factory job with 12/7 hours. I was depressed and dealing with horrible anxiety, but my parents insisted I start classes. Despite the fact that they made so much money that I was disqualified from FAFSA or any other student aid, they...
    Unbeholden Unbeholden 18-21, M 2 Responses Feb 2

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    I was young and dumb,

    it was the early 90s,hair metal still ruled,and I wanted to party. Factory jobs were plentiful around here and it didn't seem like a big deal. How times change...
    RocknRollCowboy71 RocknRollCowboy71 41-45, M May 21

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    xoxosabrinaxoxo xoxosabrinaxoxo 18-21, F Aug 20, 2014

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    Graduation Day For Me

    Hurray!!! Hurray!!! I finally graduated today. For, today is the day I was finally smart enough to drop out of school.
    CopperCoil CopperCoil 36-40, M 8 Responses May 28, 2008

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    I stopped going to my classes

    since a week ago, I just couldn't stand it anymore. I was basically suffering through it for fear of consequences of not having a degree. I am starting to do something new, something more me. Even if I don't get what I expect, I want to know that I tried. But I am also dying to...
    RheaTam RheaTam 22-25, F Mar 11

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    i dropped out of college

    for many reasons. it was too exspensive, i had a kid and i dont have a car so it was hard getting there and back.
    AiymaSnikies AiymaSnikies 22-25, F Dec 26, 2014

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    But Shh, Don't Tell Him

    I tell everyone who doesn't know the truth of the matter that I dropped out because my financial situation changed, and I wanted to take time off to work and save up some cash - in part for my impending move to be with my boyfriend. The truth of the matter is that I dropped out...
    jukeboxjuly jukeboxjuly 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 15, 2008

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    Yea....I had a year left

    for my bachelors. I got pregnant. All my friends are successful. I became a single mom with 3 kids. Think of your future!!!
    UnfortunateCookie UnfortunateCookie 36-40, F 1 Response Nov 18, 2014

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    I had to choose between a degree

    and mental health. If I stayed, I'm not sure I'd be alive right now.
    rhiajanita rhiajanita 22-25, F 5 Responses Mar 31

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    Schools Out Forever...

    I graduated high school in 2003. I went to a university and thought I had my life figured out. Oh so wrong I was. I left college than rejoined college, left again and rejoined and will be leaving for the last time when my finals are over next week. I have felt shame in the past...
    Ohmiohmy Ohmiohmy 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 16, 2010

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    The Determined College Drop-out

    I know, it sounds really ridiculous.  Who in their right mind would be determined to drop out of college? It sounds like it would be an easy thing to do, but at the time, it really wasn't. Let me get one thing straight.  I never expected to go to college.  Maybe...
    Happyface Happyface 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 20, 2008

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    Dropped out of college

    because of stupid mental health problems
    shazzarr shazzarr 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 25

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    Well, Not Yet But I Plan To

    School has never been a place for me, even going through high school made me depressed. I never felt good enough, or "smart" enough because I didn't care to absorb what was always meaningless to me. Homework was beyond stressing when I'd work all day at school only for it to...
    LoneWolfWanderer LoneWolfWanderer 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 5, 2011

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    I have missed so many classes,

    my course will be asking me next Wednesday to sign out of the course. I don't know how to tell my mother. This is my third course and my mother will have me move out once she knows about this. I can't deal with new environment well. There isn't enough medication in this entire...
    MadNocturnes MadNocturnes 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 14

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    I just recently left my bachelors in electrical

    engineering after 9 years in a 4 year course. My first year I passed with flying colours. In the second year I became a peer coach and gave extra math lessons to first year students. I was enjoying it immensely. Then my son started manifesting signs of pdd-nos. life at home...
    itchy8me itchy8me 31-35, M 1 Response Dec 13, 2014

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    I'm kinda glad i did.

    the people here suck. the prices suck and i cant learn by lectures.
    CynicalIntrovert CynicalIntrovert 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 16

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    Comfortably, I wouldn't call it college more

    like cosmetology school, but I'm upset at myself for even going honestly the only reason I went was because the lady made it sound all good and at the moment I just wanted to feel like I was doing something in life and going to be something I had just Graduated high school.. I...
    NicoleLovex20 NicoleLovex20 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 5, 2014

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    I'm failing my class.

    I haven't seen my grades yet, but I already know I will. If I fail, I will be an out of school youth FOR ONE SEM WHICH IS MY NIGHTMARE. Some of you might think I'm shallow, but I have expectations to meet. My parents, relatives, and friends hate the 'out of school youth' sector...
    okaynotokay okaynotokay 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 22, 2014

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    and I tried going back,

    but now I'm married, with 4 kids and I can't keep up. I'm going to drop by out and have started to regret every decision I've made up to this point.
    collegedropouttwice collegedropouttwice 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 4

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    Dropping Out.

    "You’re dropping out of school?What do you mean you’re dropping out of school?How are you ever going to make a living?  Afford a house, a car, a family?How in the world will you ever make something of yourself?How will you ever succeed?" "Why, yes.  I am.  I am dropping...
    metaphylosopher metaphylosopher 22-25, M 10 Responses Nov 28, 2011

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    After only 1 semester of History

    and English Studies, I dropped out two weeks ago... again. I just hate everything about university. They say you meet all those great people and it's so different from high school, and you can finally do and learn whatever you want. But it's not like that. Maybe it's different...
    unEnthusiast unEnthusiast 18-21, M 1 Response May 21

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    I’ve decided to leave Radford

    after this semester. Graduation, originally planned for spring, looked like it was going to be pushed backeven further, and I am not willingto stay for a sixth year to pursue a degree in a field I have no intention of going into. "But you technically only have one semester...
    clovershot clovershot 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 9, 2014

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    College Wasn't For Me

    I hate to study. I hate doing homework. I hate lectures. I cannot function in school anymore. College isn't for everyone, and it certainly wasn't for me.
    noaht43 noaht43 41-45, T 2 Responses Oct 31, 2012

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