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I Dropped Out of College

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    I dropped out of college mid semester.

    I dropped out because I want to pursue something I'm actually passionate about. I dropped out as a junior, and as the years went by, I've slowly became aggressively unhappy here at my university. I HATE it. It's made me more suicidal and have recurring thoughts of depression. I...
    guitarman312 guitarman312 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 19

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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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    I dropped out of college

    because I know I won't apply myself... I spend 3 weeks there just because I liked one of the girls on my course and if I hadn't made myself see why this was wrong to stay on for I'd be in a constantly loop now as this is the second time it's happened...
    Chael666 Chael666 18-21, M Oct 25, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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'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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    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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    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 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 21, 2014

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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, 2014

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    xoxosabrinaxoxo xoxosabrinaxoxo 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 20, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    The College "failure"

    If school ever comes up in conversation and I mention that I dropped out of college, I get the typical, "Oh, I am sorry, what are you going to do with your life now?" As if everyone MUST have a college degree to be successful. I guess no one really pays any attention to some well...
    ThePeanutTerminator ThePeanutTerminator 18-21 2 Responses Apr 27, 2012

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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, 2014

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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 1 Response Jan 1

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 2 Responses Mar 26, 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 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 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 Responses Aug 17, 2014

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    Just a few days ago. Sh!

    t happens. May my real education now begin.
    PhilipLsb PhilipLsb 22-25, M Apr 30, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 27, 2013

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 5 days ago

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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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    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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    "Don't beg for things - do it yourself

    or else you won't get anything."
    ResidentGoddessAstraea ResidentGoddessAstraea 18-21 1 Response Dec 21, 2014

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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 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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    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 18-21, F 7 Responses Jun 10, 2007

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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 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 1 Response Aug 19, 2014

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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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    I feel like my life is not complete

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