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I hate college. Help me.

Darko21Darko21 Registered User Posts: 384 Member
edited August 2013 in College Life
This is going to be my second year and I'm just dreading it. I really just don't want to do it anymore. The work is useless and dull and the only point of it is to measure how hard you are working compared to the rest of the classmates. Last year (freshman) I didn't really enjoy. Come to think of it, all I remember from last year was going to classes. Far from anything fun.

It seems like everyone's having a vacation and I'm in a prison. I was under the impression that college was supposed to be one of the best times of your life but it's turning out to be the opposite. So what's my deal? Should I take some antipsychotics or should I go work at McDonald's?
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Replies to: I hate college. Help me.

  • pandempandem Registered User Posts: 1,364 Senior Member
    What's your major?

    Do you have any other skills; mechanical, culinary, etc.? Or have business knowledge to start your own company?
  • LogicWarriorLogicWarrior - Posts: 3,670 Senior Member
    Sounds like you need a new major.
  • aforautumnaforautumn Registered User Posts: 1,381 Senior Member
    have you attempted to get involved in ec activities or sports?
  • demeterdemeter Registered User Posts: 1,367 Senior Member
    It's possible that college isn't the right place for you right now, but there are other likely explanations too. Sure, hauling yourself out of bed in the morning to go to class is pretty painful, but if you didn't enjoy any of your classes, then you were taking the wrong classes. Were your classes freshman year required, or were they mostly electives? Perhaps you just haven't found your "intellectual niche" yet. What are you taking next semester?

    Are you involved in campus life in any way? What do you do with your friends? Do you like your school?

    College definitely shouldn't feel like a prison, and there are so many possible explanations for your dissatisfaction.
  • Darko21Darko21 Registered User Posts: 384 Member
    I go to the occasional big campus events. I'll go to the gym and play basketball or lift weights or go out to eat with friends occasionally. I like my school, and I was really excited to go. I just haven't been having any fun at all, so I feel like I am being tied down here. It's like I'm just wasting away my life.

    No I don't have any knowledge to start my own company but I do like to cook.

    I haven't even started taking courses required for my major yet.

    I'm at a loss because while dropping out seems like an absurd idea, especially since the school is a pretty good one (and I wouldn't go anywhere else), I have zero motivation to keep doing what I'm doing.
  • 1 Sky Pilot1 Sky Pilot Registered User Posts: 558 Member
    A good school in Atlanta, eh? I think I have an idea of which school it is :p.

    Consider taking a year off, although I'm not sure how colleges would handle that. Can't hurt to try though :). Maybe some job experience would be helpful too....find out what you don't want to be doing for the rest of your life.
  • Darko21Darko21 Registered User Posts: 384 Member
    I've already taken an extra semester off so I don't think they'd be happy with that. My plan at the moment is to work in the spring for a company to get experience, but I don't even really want to do that.

    There's a huge conflict going on here: I've never really liked school at all, but I'm at a tough school that requires my full dedication. Everyone says stick it out, it will pay off in the end, but it's like I'm living someone else's life. And that doesn't include that I'm not having much fun outside of classes.
  • pandempandem Registered User Posts: 1,364 Senior Member
    If you aren't enjoying yourself, leave. I'd first try out a few different fields to see if anything sparks an interest, but if not, move on to something else.

    Don't the best years of your life on a degree in a field you don't like.
  • Darko21Darko21 Registered User Posts: 384 Member
    I said that I haven't even taken any major courses. The whole school concept is what turns me off. Sit in class, memorize, do work, take test, repeat. And if I left, what would I do then, spend the best years of my life out on the streets as a hobo?
  • pandempandem Registered User Posts: 1,364 Senior Member
    If you haven't taken any courses in your major, why are you complaining? If you're not willing to put in a year of gen eds until you can follow your passions, then perhaps they aren't your passions. Or you're just too lazy to put in the work.

    And everyone without a college degree is hardly a hobo. Many successful people have no degree. It's just a piece of paper. It's the knowledge that's useful, whether you learn it in the classroom or out in reality.
  • peter_parkerpeter_parker - Posts: 923 Member
    Hang with friends more. Academics is one facet but don't make it your only focus. I would go insane if I did that. You can do whatever you want in college; your parents pay your bills; and you can hang with close friends whenever you want. Just relax and don't take things too seriously.
  • Say What?Say What? - Posts: 229 Junior Member
    I don't think it's uncommon for freshmen to hate college, but it does get better. My brother HATED freshmen year. Almost depressed and drank a LOT. But now he loves it there (in his fifth year now) and wants to stay there instead of coming back.
  • Darko21Darko21 Registered User Posts: 384 Member
    I was complaining in the first place because while I'm not only not enjoying my classes, I'm not enjoying the college experience as a whole and feel like it is a prison. My current major is computer science and I really like computers but I do not like to sit in class for an hour and listen to someone else talk about it.
  • 1 Sky Pilot1 Sky Pilot Registered User Posts: 558 Member
    One of my favorite and most memorable teachers was a really active guy who dropped out of college. He went to africa to do some medical work there, and I believe he is in medical school now. He was really smart but the traditional school setting just wasn't for him. Most of our classes were held outside :). Maybe consider something like that?
  • aforautumnaforautumn Registered User Posts: 1,381 Senior Member
    stick it out for the gen ed classes. it doesn't get fun until you start focusing on classes that you really care about.

    that said, have you spoken to councilors? why dont you get involved in clubs and whatnot?
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