Thoughts like: “I should have switched after the first week, but didn’t” or “I was young and my university choices weren’t as well thought out as they should have been” or “I hate my college course”, are quite common amongst many students struggling through the mid-course period. Halfway through a course at the college and the thought of being pigeonholed by the degree subject for the rest of one’s life fills a person with fear and hopelessness. Fortunately or unfortunately, it’s often impossible to know whether you will like or not like the course that you have subscribed to. If you are finding it hard midway through the course period, the key is not to keep feelings like these to oneself but to share it with family or friends. A possible explanation for many students hating their course might be the pressure to go to university straight after they finish school, at a time when many are still clueless about their careers.
Often, students lose interest and motivation to continue, after going through the initial thrills of their course and on the contrary, their focus is more on the bits they don’t like about the course. However, such feelings are temporary most of the time and it would seem immature and fussy to not do a course just because it wasn’t perfect. It is absolutely normal to motivate oneself when one is running behind deadlines or if the pressure intensifies. The trick lies in looking for positivity in your course and to find that one thing that actually motivates you. Many students, under constant family pressure, are compelled to make certain career choices and the side-effects of such choices show after a period, with students losing interest or in worst case scenarios many often end up suffering from depression.
Students, time and again pick courses without giving a considerable thought to the course they actually want to study and what their interests are. In recent years, because of bad career choices, many students have ended up with job profiles categorically different from what they studied in college; ultimately leading to an unwarrantable situation. Experts believe that speaking to a range of professionals within the university can also help the students to deal with mid-course blues and help the students. For instance, talking to your tutor, can help in dealing with the elements of the course that you dislike and the reasoning behind this. Many continuing education programs only require a bachelors to enter and at this point, one could re-evaluate what their options are and see if they want to continue schooling in a different direction.
How not to hate your college course
Always remember that just because you don’t like your course now, doesn’t mean you will always feel the same. Look out for future modules to see if it’s worth enduring the classes and chances are you might luckily get a course on lines of your interest. Academic achievement at university is important but this is also likely to be the single time you’ll have innumerable different groups and events within easy reach. Taking advantage of these events and activities will improve your college experience and help you to deal with mid-course blues. It doesn’t upset that it looks good to companies either.
Dropping out should be the last alternative and before reaching that stage, there are ample opportunities to save your college degree.
You can apply for an ‘authorised’ interruption of studies, where the clock effectively stops on their time at the university. This gives an opportunity to students to pause their studies for rest of the year while applying for a course transfer in the next academic year. Although not everyone who applies for an interruption is granted one, however, if given a valid reason, you may succeed in getting permission. But even if you end up with a degree in an area you don’t like and to study further (higher education) is not an option, it doesn’t mean you’re stuck; the key is to keep looking for positive and motivating factors. Don’t worry that doing a course you don’t enjoy will mean your career prospects will be limited to areas that don’t interest you.