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I Dropped Out of College

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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 2 Responses Aug 28, 2013

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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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    Once, Twice, Three Times A Dropout!

    I've attended two different universities and one community college (with the hopes of returning to a four-year school). I've declared majors in Music Education, History and Sociology. I even considered studying French at one time. After awhile, though, I always just run out of...
    wjramey wjramey 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 19, 2013

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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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    Dropped Out 6 Years Ago, Seriously Thinking Of Going Back...

    My 23-year-old baby sister donned a cap, gown, and honors cords proudly this weekend at her college graduation. It's just one thing that motivated me to want to return. I'd been mulling it over in my mind since I quit back in 2007. I always figured I could go back. I've just...
    birchbark365 birchbark365 31-35, F May 8, 2013

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    Got Sick

    College is a lot to do with "tough love" and there seems to be a lot riding on how well one does there. Professors are usually not understanding if something goes wrong in your life. I missed an exam once because of a hospitalization and was not able to make it up. I emailed my...
    stphnmclrn46 stphnmclrn46 22-25 Sep 29, 2013

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    I dropped out of college

    because medical assisting wasnt my thing I lasted 2 weeks and all I got from it was that im good with people I have no clue what to do with my life and im scared of my future
    itsmederrick itsmederrick 18-21, M Dec 27, 2013

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    Couldn't Finish.

     I dropped out of college one semester before I was done. I was already approved to walk through graduation and was listed in the local paper as a student graduating with high honors. I had been on the deans list... the presidents list... The point is, I wasn't failing. I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 11, 2008

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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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    Just a few days ago. Sh!

    t happens. May my real education now begin.
    PhilipLsb PhilipLsb 18-21, M Apr 30

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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 19-21, F Jan 15, 2008

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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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    And I'd Do It Again!

    I've dropped out of college not once, not thrice, but twice. I was called a fool for my decision, and am still pestered by well-meaning relatives. What made dropping out seem especially stoopid is the fact that I didn't have to pay a dime for my education. My parents are...
    trashbag trashbag 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 12, 2012

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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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    My Life. My Way.

    I stumbled across this site by accident. I was looking for something completely different. But then I decided to take a look around and see if any of this was interesting or applied to me personally. I wasn't going to say or write anything at all. But I feel compelled to for what...
    pinkypie5 pinkypie5 22-25 2 Responses Jun 6, 2013

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    Too Cool For School

    ...Not really. In fact, there isn't anything further from the truth. I dropped out because I see no future in my life. My life is going nowhere. I'm in limbo right now; between going on living with no goal in sight or dropping dead...seriously. I'll just drink myself silly, pass...
    SirMugatu SirMugatu 22-25, M 3 Responses Dec 7, 2009

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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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    The Shame ,

    I dropped out because Various complications which ruined my life I was doing well untill my dad got seriously ill causing me to loose focus on my studies til eventually I got a bad grade to which I did not know how to respond and out all my focus only on this one grade to which...
    AZNlooNaticMurdeReR AZNlooNaticMurdeReR 22-25 1 Response Aug 21, 2013

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    According to Popular Belief

    I failed out of university last semester. List of people who never graduated from college: F Scott Fitzgerald William Faulkner Woody Allen Steve Martin Ellen DeGeneres Bill Gates Michael Dell Tom Hanks Richard Gere Brad Pitt List of people who never even made it...
    jukeboxjuly jukeboxjuly 19-21, F 7 Responses Jun 10, 2007

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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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    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 9 Responses Nov 28, 2011

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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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    Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out.

    I dropped out of college. There is no sugar-coating it. There is no way of saying it without sounding like an *******. I have come to accept this. But I don't feel guilty about what I did at all. There's nothing to feel guilty for. I'm not saying that I don't regret it - simply...
    Lullacus Lullacus 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 27, 2013

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    I Dropped Out Of College After Transfering Three Times And Accruing Over 200 Credit Hours... What Do I Tell Friends And Family?

    I started college at 18 after graduating from high school, and just turned thirty. I have transferred to three different universities, changed majors multiple times, and have earned over 200 credit hours. I've put tons of time and effort into my college education, but I was...
    Sweetpea02 Sweetpea02 26-30 2 Responses Nov 3, 2011

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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 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 5, 2011

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    Dropping Out Allowed Me To Build A Life For Myself But Left Me Terrified That I Lack Skills.

    I swapped majors a lot. Started in the sciences and ended with Philosophy and Religious Studies. I didn't realize how much I would like discussing ideas. My science-trek friends saw no dollars in my future. I believed them after a while and signed up for Nursing - male nurses...
    guitarinchris guitarinchris 26-30, M 2 Responses Feb 25, 2013

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    It's more like I was forced out of college.

    I made the mistake of going to a large university right off the bat for the diversity in its course offerings. Because I needed to work for my family a little while first, this was 3 years after I had graduated high school with a free ride to college. That 3 years meant that I...
    glassbox27 glassbox27 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 26

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    What Do I Do Now?

    I just finished my final diploma semester at my college and to be honest it went over very badly. For some reasons I didnt spend a lot of time with my course-mates so I didn't make many friends at all. I pretty much failed since the starting of my 4th semester (the diploma course...
    dnakii dnakii 18-21, M Aug 17, 2013

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    I Dropped Out Of My First University...

    From the beginning, college was terrible for me. I have social anxiety, and I couldn't deal with the new situation very well. I ended up dropping out of my second semester with no intention of returning to that school. The next semester, I enrolled in community college and in my...
    LeaderDog LeaderDog 18-21, F Aug 19, 2013

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    I've finally realized

    that it just isn't for me (or for now at least). I've attended comm. college 2 years & 1/2, but I was dragging my feet and barely made any progress.Honestly I was suffering from severe depression (I still am) and I lost motivation.Eventually It got too demanding and I kept...
    cassh3rn cassh3rn 22-25, F 6 days ago

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    xoxosabrinaxoxo xoxosabrinaxoxo 18-21, F 10 hrs ago

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    But I Went Back

    I dropped out, got married, got divorced, and went back to get my degree. Sounds so simple, but it wasn't. LOL
    ChipmunkErnie ChipmunkErnie 61-65, M 3 Responses Jul 7, 2009

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    I work in a small coffee shop I'm 24yrs

    and I drooped out and most times I feel depression that I'm not good at studies
    billyaldo billyaldo 22-25, M Apr 13

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    My Failures..

    I got A's in highschool and everywhere else...it was until I entered college...I had so much at stake that I decided to fail. I took every test and got all wrong answers and I was recommended to dropping out within my first week...I decided to stick with it until the end of the...
    farwanny farwanny 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 13, 2013

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    Six exams before the finishing,

    I dropped out of University. Basically I had to take a break because of family problems (and money issues). A year later, when I came back, it didn't feel the same. Very soon I got offered the job that I studied for, so I went for it. Didn't find the time to keep up with...
    Margiablue Margiablue 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 4

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    Well I did my best, of course my parents will

    say that I wasn't serious enough... At the end of the day I just wasn't good enough. All I can do now is get a job and try to learn a trade skill and hope for the best. Who knows, maybe I'll get lucky and someone kills me while trying to rob me since I live in a dangerous area.
    LostAlien LostAlien 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 21

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    I'm Not Stupid!

    ....And I'm paying for it now. I wish I could turn back the clock on my silly decision. It's near impossible to find a job that is on the same level as my previous role because I don't have a degree. I'm faced with data entry and clerical roles. I can't bear the thought of...
    Zephina Zephina 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 15, 2009

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    Everything you paid $50,

    000 to learn in college is now on the internet for free.
    PinkP0werRanger PinkP0werRanger 26-30, F Jul 22

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    ....and Went Phishing Instead

    I left school afteer two months.  Knowing my parents wouldnt be too pleased, I had a friend pick me and all my **** up at the dorm-- we drove the two hours to my folks house where I unloaded my stuff into my mostly emppty bedroom and left a note, saying : Got kicked out of...
    happyhooker happyhooker 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 14, 2007

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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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    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

    because it wasn't for me. I went 2 days then I quit. It was a course I didn't want to do and I felt pressured to go. I love animals, do not get me wrong but I couldn't do a course in animal care.
    HealingRose HealingRose 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 9, 2013

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    For Trade School

    My SAT score wasn't good enough for the state university I wanted to go to, so I went to a smaller college.  I did fairly well there, and after two years I applied and got acceppted at that big university.  After a year and a half of that I was so depressed, I...
    Sage360 Sage360 41-45, F 3 Responses Jul 5, 2009

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    Check This Out

    Fair warning: This article will **** off a lot of you. I can say that with confidence because it’s about Peter Thiel. And Thiel – the PayPal co-founder, hedge fund manager and venture capitalist – not only has a special talent for making money, he has a special talent...
    vmata vmata 18-21, M Apr 21, 2011

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    To drop out or to stick with it.

    .. I just completed my first semester and while all seemed swell and dandy it was hell. I can't help but think about this grand time in my life just wasting away in a classroom learning something I'm not sure I even care about. $7000.00 and for what, an education I'm unsure of, a...
    nippising nippising 18-21, F Dec 17, 2013

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    My whole life school had been too easy

    for me and when I finally had to put some effort in, I was too used to being lazy to even care.
    sighimnotgoodwithnames sighimnotgoodwithnames 22-25, F Mar 19

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    Yes I Did Withdraw From Colleg...

    Yes I did withdraw from college. Not because I wanted to but because of financial reasons. Going to college wasn't paying the bills. I regretted it very much and tried going back again later,online, but I met up with so much opposition and lack of support at home, that I was...
    Especy Especy 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 3, 2007

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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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    I had to drop out of college yesterday.

    Actually my college dropped me. I feel like I've been dumped by an abusive boyfriend, actually. I made good grades and had a 3.5 GPA but I'm just on the verge of being ineligible for financial aid. Despite several visits to the financial aid office over the summer, I was never...
    Esheyla Esheyla 26-30, F 21 hrs ago

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    Kicked Out Number 2

    yes, i've been kicked out a second time. I hate myself at this point, and my parents who loving announce to the whole world what a failure i am, adds more to my already lacking self esteem. I was put in a program i hate, by my parents because i had no direction after high...
    CandyUnicorn CandyUnicorn 22-25 5 Responses May 14, 2010

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    More Than Once...

    It's not my smartest decision. Back in November of 2003 I graduated from an AAS program at a local community college with a degree in Computer Systems / Network Technology, and a one-year certificate for taking a bunch of 300-level electrical engineering courses. Rather than...
    DoctorBastardo DoctorBastardo 31-35, M 2 Responses Jul 31, 2013

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    I was supposed to be a freshman at the

    University of Kentucky this fall. I moved in yesterday. Everything was fine until my parents needed to go. We said our hard goodbyes and both turned to go our separate ways not being able to watch one another walk away. I got back to my dorm and realized how much I missed them...
    SkinnyJenny420 SkinnyJenny420 18-21, F 2 days ago

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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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