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!