STUDENT LIFE / JAN. 02, 2015
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5 Things You Can Do If You Realize You Have Chosen a College that Doesn’t Suit You

Your college experience is supposed to be exhilarating. You have the liberty to shape your future and mold yourself both professionally and personally. However, you may feel that your current college is not socially engaging, and that you are not as productive as you hoped to be. Furthermore, you might find that you’re not excited by the opportunities available there. Below are a few steps you can take to remedy the situation and receive the fulfilling career you hoped for.

1. Speak to a Counselor

Most colleges have a careers office with staff willing to assist with any problem you have. Do not be afraid to approach them. You’ll find that they are best-placed to advise you on what action to take. Their work is to assist you put your considerations into perspective, look at all your available options and ensure your well-being while in your current institution. In addition to this, speaking to someone about your situation lightens the burden of dealing with your worries alone.

2. Change Your Course of Study

There is no commitment or strict requirement that you should stick to the program you initially chose. Sometimes your unhappiness is a result of the program you are studying. Look through other departments and course listings to see which programs fulfill your educational purposes. If you’re seeking an academic challenge, determine the workload requirement for the courses you’re interested in to gauge whether they meet the standards you have set for yourself and give them a try.

3. Seek out New Activities

You might find some extra- or co-curricular activities within your current school that engage and challenge you. College is not just about academics; it is about making you a well-rounded individual, who is able to deal with the world once you have completed your studies. Even if your college is not ideal, you could try to structure your development around unique interests or experiment with unusual activities. You might find something worth getting excited over.

4. Transfer to another Institution

Moving to another college is an available option, but it should be your final one. Transfers are possible in most cases, but they can be very difficult. Even as you intend to move to another institution, remember that you have to stay in your current college long enough to acquire the requisite number of credits and units to apply for entry in your preferred institution.

5. Take Time Off

You can always take a gap year to figure out where to best pursue your higher learning. Finding a good fit needs significant time and consideration, therefore leaving college to make this choice might allow you to be a little more objective. It could also allow you to engage in other professional pursuits that give you experience in your field of interest.

Conclusion

College should be a rewarding experience on social, extra- and co-curricular, and academic fronts. It should not be continually overwhelming, frustrating or unsatisfying. The flexibility of tertiary education gives you incredible options of study suited to your overall career goals, so you don’t have to remain in an institution that inhibits you from achieving this.

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