After a while, you may be reconsidering your choice to go to university. The pressures of deadlines coupled with feeling homesick can make you feel that you’ve made the wrong choice in going to uni. Don’t make rash decisions – you are not alone. Over ¼ of freshers in the academic year 2015/16 considered leaving at some point during their first semester.
Take care of yourself
All our problems seem worse when we’re run down and tired. Take care of yourself – get some sleep and eat a healthy meal. Give yourself time to think things through properly, and don’t be too hard on yourself.
Identify the issue
Try to pinpoint why you want to leave university, and address the issue. Moving to a different course might be the right solution if you’re not enjoying your subject, but it won’t make you feel less homesick.
Talk to someone about how you’re feeling. If you’re considering switching courses, chat to your tutor to see if this is possible. The student support team at your university can help you with everything from coping with the stresses of academic life to providing advice about finance.
Consider going part-time or postponing
Switching to part-time study gives you the option to study around family commitments or a job. If you want to take a gap-year or need a year out (say for pregnancy etc.) you might be able to postpone your studies and return a year later.
Long Distance Learning
If the idea of going to class is daunting, you can also consider long distance learning. Open University is the popular provider, but some universities also offer such courses too. Most of your work is done from home with regular online support from tutors, and you can study at your own pace.
Making the decision to leave
If you decide that university really isn’t for you, then that’s fine too. Have a ‘plan b’ in place before you withdraw so that you have a clear idea of where you’re going next. Take on board all of the advice you’re given, but remember that ultimately this is your decision and you need to do what is right for you.
Joshua recently completed his first year at university studying Theology and History. He is also a freelance writer at socialcaveman.com