Transfer Students Share The Real Reason They Noped Out Of A College
College is rough and expensive, and definitely not for everyone. Skills and connections can lead to a career in different ways than a degree, and sometimes the stress and debt are too much, despite the social education and experiences college can provide.
Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.
Gotta keep those grades up, which ain't easy.
An academic suspension was the catalyst.
Taking time off between high school and college can be really beneficial.
I had a professor suggest it. She told me some kids go to college right after high school because they think that's just what they're supposed to do. Some kids need a bit of time after high school before they are ready.
I dropped my next semester and started working. A couple years later I went back and ultimately finished my degree.
There are benefits to having a degree beyond its ability to land you a specific job. But majoring in what you love is no guarantee anymore.
The moment I realized that as an English major who doesn't want to be a teacher, I'd be in the same position regardless of whether or not I graduated but in one scenario I'm in thousands of dollars of debt.
Learning a trade is essential for the today's and tomorrow's economy, and can save you tons of money. Who knows where it will lead you?
Was a student-athlete (track/cross country) my first year. Less than two weeks before my second year started coach informed me he was cutting me from the team to make room for his daughter who ended up dropping out of every race and almost every workout. It drove me crazy and I decided to take a break from school for a few years. Ended up doing a three-month dental assisting school with an internship and I don't have any student loan debt. It all worked out for the better.
Being miserable is never worth it.
Realized that crying on the way to school is a sign that I should find a different one.
Not all jobs require a degree; if you have the skills and connections, use them.
I left because I had the connections I needed to get a job and the commute was driving me insane, quite literally.
Follow your instincts, just make sure you have a backup plan in place.
I was driving there one day, and decided I didn't want to go to school anymore.
You don't need to drown in debt to get a quality degree.
I realized the school wasn't worth me graduating with 100k in debt. Switched to a state school and now debt free :)
That a teacher would knowingly ruin a student's scholarship is really sad.
Had a GPA based scholarship to a pretty good college. 4th semester in I was taking a freshman-level statistics class. I basically slept through every class, while acing all of her tests. Not surprisingly, she didn't like me. Long story short, at the end of the semester she tells me I am going to fail for not turning in any homework assignments. That was a lie. I did all of the homework. I tore my dorm up looking for some of the graded homework papers she handed back to me. Only found a couple because it was an intro class and I didn't think much about keeping them. Showed them to her, but of course, she didn't see it as proof she was lying about the rest, only that she "must have forgotten to write these ones in as completed" in her grade book. Got a perfect on her final and passed with a C. But that grade kicked me out of my scholarship.
Tldr: Teacher lied about my grade, took away my scholarship.
Edit: Wow, I guess I should update you guys on what ended up happening. I tried convincing her that the homework should not have mattered so much since I aced every test. She didn't care. I went to my counselor. He said without more proof, they couldn't punish her. I tried the head of the business department, got denied there, too. Should also mention that she was a terrible teacher and would have never switched from middle school teacher to college professor, had she not been the dean's wife.
I never completed my degree. Without my scholarship(among other personal things) I had to find a full-time job.
Colleges not accepting credit happens often, and it's all about the money.
Went on my year abroad to Barcelona, aced all my exams. Came back, did exams at my local uni. Turns out the Barcelona uni forgot to put through my grades from there and I had 9 zeros on my report card. Was already mentally unstable and suffered on top of that from Erasmus-homesickness - as we like to call it. Just had a complete breakdown and didn't leave my house for 3 years.
Finally started taking control of my life by losing weight and found the courage to find a job. Been working this job 2.5 years and became against all odds one of the best agents there, gave me the confidence and courage to finish the last 5 classes and next year my thesis and I will have my diploma and have been maintaining a healthy BMI for over 3 years. Reconnected with a bunch of my friends from uni and doing Hella well for myself all things considered.
This is the downside to pay-for-play college - it's not always about being smart.
Classes spent more time on the stupid people than on the other 95% people. We were still spending most of the time on stuff we've learned in the first two weeks when we were two months into the course.
Spider infestation? Nope, I'm out.
The dorm rooms in my first university were absolutely infested with giant spiders that crawled over me as I was in bed.
Sometimes our desired majors turn out to be really boring, and it takes a toll.
Was going to get 4 year in computer science mostly because it pays and I was alright at it. After about a year every assignment was just so stressful and boring and I would just hate everything about. I never enjoyed it at all and kept telling myself I just needed to finish because I started it and it'll be over until I realized once I finish that's when it begins. Didn't wanna do something I hate for the rest of my life so I quit and now work with plants and am using some of the computer science skills to make a website I'll hopefully be able to make most of my money off eventually so I can continue doing whatever I want.
Sorry students, we're out of business.
Tuition + room and board + textbooks + more - it's crazy.
The thousands of dollars I had to pay on top of the student loans. Universities prey on high school students, man. Also, never go straight to a private University. Get your basics in a community college first. If I had, the private University wouldn't have even been offering tuition anymore and I would have dodged a bullet.
Sorry kids, you need to sit there and sweat.
The "no shorts in class" rule.
Doesn't every student deserve to pursue their dreams, regardless of their parents' finances?
Wanted to go to grad school for psychology and become a therapist. But my family's financial situation was quite poor and I don't have very responsible parents. I could only afford one class per semester and I just felt like it wasn't the right moment. So I decided to postpone college, it was too depressing for me to watch my family fall apart and I couldn't just leave them I was worried my family's problems would worsen if I left.
You can always count on revisionist history to be racist - it's not acceptable coming from a teacher.
I had a history teacher refuse to grade my assignment on "why we no longer have Christopher Columbus Day".
I said it was due to the Native American movement back in the seventies which literally went to the UN and started Indigenous Peoples Day.
He said "nope, no one was paying attention back then" which is straight up bullsh_t.
So I talked to people who wrote on such subjects and ended up talking to the people that were involved, the actual people who started the holiday which is replacing Columbus day... they told me I was correct and my teacher was full of sh_t.
I sent him their emails, and he still wouldn't admit his mistake. He was willfully and deliberately committing historical revisionism and destroying the achievements of people who are still alive or barely in the ground.
After years of having racist teachers making up excuses to refuse to grade my work, I had enough.
There must be more to this story, and it certainly justifies noping out.
My roommate tried to kill me.
Racism is an insidious, and unfortunately prevalent, force in all of our daily lives. Maybe we're on the receiving end of it, being treated differently and losing opportunities because of others' preconceived notions.
Or maybe we're on the other side of things. Even those who aren't actively racist or discriminatory still have to process the world through the filters of the things they've been told about people who are different.