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Dropping out as a freshman in the middle of the first semester??

catgrlcatgrl Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
I just started college late August and I have decided I want to drop out (hopefully within the next week or two). I am severely depressed and this school offers me nothing although it's a wonderful school. I plan to take online courses in Placenta Encapsulation, becoming a doula, and a few other things offered through online companies. I then plan to attend an online school known as ACHS (American School of Healthcare Sciences) to study Herbal Medicine and Natural Products Management which are my dream. I seriously don't want to finish the semester and I don't think I can finish the semester with how I low I feel, I just need to know the repercussions of this (financial aid, grades, etc) and how to even drop out?
ACHS doesn't take most transfer credits anyway, so would I even have to tell them I went to a college for half a semester? Also, in High School I took and received college credit through another institution, so would that be the only one I would have to tell them about?

Replies to: Dropping out as a freshman in the middle of the first semester??

  • jimmyboy23jimmyboy23 Registered User Posts: 608 Member
    Financial aid: you'll have to pay the money for what you got in financial.
    Grades: If the withdrawal period hasn't passed you may be able to get W's in all of your classes
    Transfer: You would probably get credit by examinations you took in high school. You would also probably be required to show the college transcript from the school you dropped out of.
  • mathyonemathyone Registered User Posts: 4,225 Senior Member
    Agree with MommaJ. Have you thought about OB/GYN nursing?
  • dfbdfbdfbdfb Registered User Posts: 3,729 Senior Member
    Also, you mentioned depression—have you gone to your school's counseling center? If you haven't, go there. Now. Talk to somebody with training who can help you through this, the earlier the better.
  • WasatchWriterWasatchWriter Registered User Posts: 2,528 Senior Member
    Visit your admissions office NOW. Ask if it is still possible to withdraw completely and expunge your record.
  • powercropperpowercropper Registered User Posts: 1,610 Senior Member
    There are two separate issues here, depression and education. The first, and most important, is dealing with your depression. It is most likely a chemical breakdown in your brain, and there are therapies and medicines that can help you. Would you trust a drunk person to make sound decisions that had a major impact on his life? Obviously NO. I strongly suggest you get a handle on your depression first, then you can make life altering decisions about your education.

    I don't mean to compare alcoholism and depression, just couldn't think of any other analogy this early in the morning. Insert "concussion" or some other mind altering illness, just want to stress the importance of clear headed thinking before making such a major decision.

    Have you spoken with your parents about your depression and your desire to change schools? Is this depression a new thing, or something you have struggled with in the past? Your parents can be advocates for you, and hopefully they are supportive people in your life.
  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 12,385 Forum Champion
    You need to address your depression and also take steps to make your future endevours as good as possible.

    Go to your college counseling center and talk to them. No matter what you end up doing, you want to address that first.

    Talk to them about doing whatever you can to 1) Finish the semester with decent grades or 2) If you are so behind, getting a medical withdrawal.

    You want to set yourself up to have a good or non-existant GPA for this semester. Maybe you will go back to college, maybe you won't, but you don't want a bad GPA following you around.

    Also talk to your parents. I am not sure how much they have had to pay, but you don't want to throw tens of thousands in the garbage.

    Talk to them about wanting to be a doula. They may support accredited schools that will help you but not on-line ones.

    Also talk to your dean of students about the financial impact of dropping out. Can you take a medical leave of absence instead and still be eligible for financial aid?

    What school do you go to? What have you done so far to address depression?
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