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87
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3357 posts since 21/6/08

24 Nov 2009 15:35
I can get all my fees back for the course if I drop out now. But I think I have to pay the 5k accommodation for the year, I'm absolutely torn on whether to risk the extra 3k and stay on.
andymakesglasses
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20300 posts since 26/1/06

24 Nov 2009 15:58
You don't have to mention it on your CV if you don't want to, but most employers will spot the gap and ask what you were doing, in which case you should tell them.

As I've said before, it would look much better (CV-wise) if you either made the effort to finish the year, or if you've decided that the course really isn't for you, made the effort to find something more suitable.

It's easy for me to say but money shouldn't really come into it. Obviously I don't know all your circumstances or exactly how you're feeling, but I think you will kick yourself later if you drop out now. You're in a better position at uni "in the system" to change to another course than if you dropped out and started re-applying. It's easier to switch than it is to start again.

It's a really difficult position to be in, I remember a few months into my car design course I came to the realisation that my heart just wasn't in it. I felt so down as it was all I ever wanted to do, and I'd spent years building up to that point only for it to not be what I expected. It was a difficult decision to speak to my friends about it, and then to my tutor. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do at that point, as all I'd ever considered since I was about 12 was going to uni to study car design.

So I continued with it for a few months more while I thought about what I might want to do and researched the possibilities. In the end I realised that I what I wanted to do (jewellery and metalwork) wasn't available at my uni, so I had to face the prospect of switching unis. Again, not an easy decision as I was very happy with my new friends, it was just the course that I wanted to change.

But switching unis and courses was the best thing I could have done. I had 3 more great years studying something I was really into.

Dropping out of "the system" runs the risk of not being able to get back in easily later. You're in a good position now, so my advice would be to try and make the most of it.
87
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3357 posts since 21/6/08

24 Nov 2009 16:26
I will find something more suitable in time, but at the moment I have no idea what I want to do, if I were to switch courses here for next year it would have to be something like business or politics and I would be going in for the sakes of it. Money has to be an issue really, If I go the full year, or to the second year and drop out I presume I'm pretty much fucked. If I leave now I'm left with about 3-4k debt, and I will be able to apply for another course in the future. Time's running out, I have to get the forms to student finance for the 1st December. I would love to stay on and see it through for a year, but I have that gut feeling that it's not for me and I would be so pissed off that I didn't drop out earlier if I did later on.
Heath
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2492 posts since 26/7/06

24 Nov 2009 16:31
andymakesglasses wrote: You're in a better position at uni "in the system" to change to another course than if you dropped out and started re-applying. It's easier to switch than it is to start again.

I thought this too but not always.
I tried switching my course in my first year, the uni wouldn't let me.
Then due to personal problems I had to leave. The university said they'd let me back in on the course of my choice, all I had to do was reapply.
I attended the open days, did the interviews etc. as a "formality" and the cunts didn't let me back.
Waste uni anyway, much happier at my uni. Which, I hasten to add, was so easy to apply to and start all over again.
andymakesglasses
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20300 posts since 26/1/06

24 Nov 2009 16:36
Yeah I should add that my views are based on my own personal experiences and it may well be different for others.
87
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3357 posts since 21/6/08

25 Nov 2009 19:35
I'm signing the forms tomorrow to drop out, I will come away with just under 3k debt from it, pointless money wasted but it could be much worse. Loads of people from my halls came out last night cos I'm leaving and it instantly made me wish I was staying, got some great friends here. Gap year it is.
caterandfriends
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178 posts since 23/3/09

25 Nov 2009 21:47
meant to post this ages ago. any fuker's @ westminster harrow campus?
87
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3357 posts since 21/6/08

27 Nov 2009 22:06
Home and officially withdrawn from Sheffield now, a little bit gutting but I think it was the right decision. Is there anyone on here with plans on what to do without a degree? or has everyone been/ at uni?
loom
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1444 posts since 2/6/07

27 Nov 2009 22:07
87 wrote: Is there anyone on here with plans on what to do without a degree?

Surely that should be something you think about before deciding to drop out mate?

But now's the perfect opportunity to put into action any business ideas you may have floating around your head - although funding may not be too easy to come by.

I'd get into a part time job at least just to get some cash coming in and show that you're pro-active for when / if you seek out a full time job.

If money isn't a problem for you, have a look into internships in your area of interest to get a feel for being a professional in that field and to get a 'foot in the door'.
87
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3357 posts since 21/6/08

27 Nov 2009 22:18
I didn't mean for me personally, I meant is there anybody here without or not doing one, with plans. First thing I'm doing is going over to Egypt to spend some time with family, but when I get back get a job or two (if possible), look at some traveling and generally looking at what I want to do in the future, I will be doing a lot of research.

Dropping out was rash but I'm scared of the debt, and I think what HW says about students working on there subject 9-5 or close to that and gaining work experience being important is true. I could just tell with geography that my lack of enthusiasm for it and no career direction would just make me another graduate drifting through the phases. I was having a great time, but at the end of the day your there for the course.
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namor
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160 posts since 5/9/08

10 Dec 2009 21:42
trying to find what courses are starting in january for a-level

nearly all the 1s ive checked sofar started in september
Hello World
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12106 posts since 7/3/05

10 Dec 2009 21:59
87 wrote: I didn't mean for me personally, I meant is there anybody here without or not doing one, with plans. First thing I'm doing is going over to Egypt to spend some time with family, but when I get back get a job or two (if possible), look at some traveling and generally looking at what I want to do in the future, I will be doing a lot of research.

Dropping out was rash but I'm scared of the debt, and I think what HW says about students working on there subject 9-5 or close to that and gaining work experience being important is true. I could just tell with geography that my lack of enthusiasm for it and no career direction would just make me another graduate drifting through the phases. I was having a great time, but at the end of the day your there for the course.
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Investing time and money in an area you ultimately hate is a waste of time, the hardest thing in life is discovering what you want to do with your life.

I hope you find a direction where you can get both personal and financial satisfaction in the future.

It takes a lot of strength to go off the expected track and make your own way in life.
haslam
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133 posts since 19/4/07

10 Dec 2009 23:33
anyone at manchester uni?

i'm a fallowfield boy.
saint nicholegs
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4354 posts since 13/10/08

11 Dec 2009 01:46
luke and kane, i was in mmu.
saint nicholegs
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4354 posts since 13/10/08

11 Dec 2009 01:46
davinho too i think. crackajack too maybe.
figurine
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5785 posts since 14/5/07

2 Jan 2010 23:16
Any on here ever studied abroad? I'd quite like to do a term or maybe a year somewhere in Europe, but know nothing about it really.
collizhun
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3880 posts since 19/10/06

2 Jan 2010 23:21
i was in canada for a semester. its really good do it if you get the chance.
figurine
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5785 posts since 14/5/07

2 Jan 2010 23:29
Would language be an issue? I remember talking to someone a while back and I think they said they were going to Paris for a year to study but they said they were being taught in English, would this be the case in most major European cities? I only speak quite basic French/Spanish and was more thinking along the lines of Berlin or Amsterdam, really don't want to have to become fluent in another language before going.
Crackajack
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7320 posts since 21/4/05

2 Jan 2010 23:30
saint nicholegs wrote: davinho too i think. crackajack too maybe.

Yep Manchester now MMU
collizhun
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3880 posts since 19/10/06

2 Jan 2010 23:43
yeah my sisters in sweden shes being taught in english, her friends in amsterdam being taught in english aswell. my mate went to bulgaria and did it and he had 6 weeks language course before he started as part of it.