I'm currently a third-year at my university (University of Toronto in Canada), and ever since I transferred to this university from another previous one (which I loved and where I did my first two years of uni at), I am having a terrible time adjusting.
As I am in the Philosophy department, their grading practices are ridiculous. Although I had no trouble getting A's in Philosophy at my previous university, U of T's Philosophy curriculum absolves you of control over your grades. The Philosophy professors here evade students who question them about why they got a certain mark on a paper; the quality of your work does not matter, as there is hardly a professor who wants to be seen as an "easy marker". I have read some of my classmates' papers, and their work was phenomenal -- yet they only scored consistently in the B-range. In fact, many of my acquaintances think that a 2.9 GPA in this program at this university is "great". The fact of the matter is, a subjective discipline combined with uniquely stuck-up UofT Philosophy professors makes it impossible to have control over your own grades. You could be working on a huge research paper for more than a month, with no argumentative flaws to speak of, and yet still end up with a B. Very disheartening indeed. My GPA and grades have dropped more than 10% (from a very good GPA of 85-90% at my previous uni) since transferring to this university (and my previous uni was also a "good" school -- it's not like it was some watered-down excuse of a university or anything).
So where am I going with this? Well, seeing as I'm a "Liberal Arts" major (Philosophy), my now-mediocre grades/GPA will hardly get me anywhere (Law School is likely out, as it has a GPA cut-off of around 3.7 cumulative GPA). I cannot foresee my grades getting better, as I have tried multiple times to work and study harder, yet my marks remain the same because of the institutional policies here at UofT.
So I was wondering -- would it be a better idea, considering my academic situation, to drop out of this university and go apply to a trade school or college business program somewhere to start learning marketable "hard skills" immediately?
A Liberal Arts degree is useless enough, let alone one with mediocre grades. By dropping out, I don't think I would be missing out on anything (and actually might have everything to gain, since I'll reduce my potential opportunity costs of laying idle in the ivory tower for one more year).