It’s okay to be a drop out

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Mental health can be a royal b*tch, to say the least.

I’ve spent the past couple of years juggling my depression and anxiety with student life and, honestly? It’s not for everybody. Sure, getting a degree would have been ideal, and it would look awesome on my resume, but why risk my mental stability for three years of stifled creativity when I could just get out and start doing stuff?

If, like me, you’re thinking about dropping out of further education, there are a few things you need to consider.

Firstly, make sure that you have somewhere to live and a solid income to support that. Having a job will ensure you have something consistent to do, and will make sure you stay productive outside of education.

Second, consider what you want to do instead. For example, as a writer, I am avidly looking for freelance work here and there to build a portfolio and experience. Experience is key in most areas of work, so make sure you do whatever you can, even if it means starting from the bottom. After all, the most desirable job applicants are those who really want it and have worked hard for it.

If you suffer with a mental illness like me, take this time to talk to somebody about it. Perhaps invest in bi-weekly counselling sessions, or take up mindfulness methods and meditation. I personally find crystals to be therapeutic, but everybody is different. It’s about how you learn to manage your illness as an individual. Chances are, if you’ve struggled in education, you’re probably going to struggle outside of it too without a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Lastly, I would just like to take this moment to remind you that you’re not a failure if you drop out. Ultimately, your happiness is what matters the most, and if you think that uni is stopping you from getting out and doing what you want to, then leave and make the world your oyster. It takes a lot of hard work and perseverance, but I’m under the impression that even the wildest dreams are achievable when worked hard for. And I wish you all the best of luck.

Here’s my question to you –
Have any of you found success despite stepping away from a degree?
I would love to hear your stories!

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4 thoughts on “It’s okay to be a drop out

  1. I personally have not dropped out but have considered it many times! It’s hard to continue to get a degree especially when there are so many things in life that hold you back but I know a lot of people who are successful and happy without a degree! Keep doing your thing in life and pursue happiness! 💕

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  2. I feel we have a very similar story. I dropped out of school last year due to my mental health. It’s crazy how much of a stigma dropouts get. Even if you do go back to school you are always known as a dropout especially among your family and close friends (Or at least in my case). It’s beautiful to see other people in a similar boat talking about their experiences with no shame or fear.

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    1. Oh, I’m incredibly sorry that the label of being a “dropout” has stuck around for you 😦 sometimes, it’s just something we have to do, and rest assured, that stigma won’t last forever! We must do what is best for us and our wellbeing, and that is okay. I feel a lot more ambitious after having dropped out than I did while I was in school and that’s because I have a lot more energy and determination to be productive. I worried that a lot of my friends were secretly disappointed in me, but I took a moment to remind myself that it was the best decision for me; by writing about it, I feel as if I solidified my decision and made peace with it.
      Thank you so much for sharing with me! I wish you all the best ❤

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      1. Thank you! I agree. I feel the best I have in a really long time. I’m just more motivated to work on things that actually make me happy. It’s crazy how much your perspective changes about life when you realize you don’t have to be another brick in the wall.

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