Temporarily dropping out?
I am a student at the University of Maine (Orono), going into my Junior year this fall. I am studying parks, recreation, and tourism with a concentration in conservation law enforcement. I love the concentration, but do not want my bachelors degree in that major as there is less opportunities after graduation. If I change majors, I loose my in-state tuition (I’m a Massachusetts resident, and certain majors grant you in-state tuition at UMaine). I’d also expect to add a semester or two to make up for mandatory classes. Which would put me in a lot of debt. More than my dream career could afford to pay off in less than 10 years. It’s also two extra semesters I have to figure out how to pay off on my own. My parents don’t help me. Between scholarships and RA duties, I’d be paying only 3k a semester in my current major. Which is really good, but again, not the major I want and no way of knowing how I’ll be able to afford the next 4-6 semesters. The last 4 I had help from a relative, but unfortunately she has since passed. So my only thought was to temporarily drop-out, knowing the consequences of paying back loans without a degree. But with my financial circumstances, I see no other option. I have pleaded to my school for help, but they said they could do nothing. And applied for many scholarships, but it is still not enough. I’m looking into apprenticeship programs through different trades with tuition reimbursements and assistance. I plan to apply the credits I earned towards an associates degree at a community college that I can afford. It is a minus requirement to be a conservation officer, which is my dream. Eventually I will finish my bachelors, maybe online? But am I making a mistake? Is this a reasonable path to follow? I am so overwhelmed and stressed. I would appreciate any advice or personal experience! Thank you in advance.13 replies