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What was your reason for dropping out of school?
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Posted 2/13/14 , edited 2/13/14
I quit veterinarian assistant school about 4 and 1/2 months in out of a only 9 month program when I was 19. I volunteered with cats and I grew up with some small dogs. I thought it would be the perfect fit, but I was slowly discovering that I didn't have the heart to hurt the animals, even if it was for their own good. I was nervous about potentially killing them even, and I just don't think my personality fit with it. I was rushed by my father to choose that, regular college, or get a job, and I had little time to decide. I also had to ride 3 buses which took over an hour to get down, and I had to get up at 5 in the morning.

It was around that time too, one night, that I saw my mom talking to my dad and she was crying. I heard snippets of conversation, my mother said "I don't think I could handle chemo." She was talking about a family friend's wife, but I thought it was her that had cancer. The next day at school I went into the bathroom just so I could cry. After riding the bus, and my dad picked me up from the park n ride, he told me he was divorcing my mother, which is what she was so upset about. It was a relief that she didn't have cancer, but this still wasn't a good thing to happen either. The next day at school, I went down into the lobby of the building my school shared with the other businesses, and called my mom. I cried in the lobby that day too. It was then that my mom decided to go to Arizona where my grandparents have their second house to take some time away from it all. During that time, I just decided that it was too much. I wasn't happy with the school, and I was depressed about the family situation and so I decided to quit. A week later, my father and I went down to the school to talk about the cancellation/dropout. Turns out that I was literally 3 days too late to get half fees back. So I wasted another $5,000 that could've been avoided if I just quit a few days earlier. My family doesn't care because my grandparents are wealthy, and they understood my emotions. But I still think about it from time to time and feel guilty. I actually shed a tear while I was writing this.

Sorry for the long wall of text. Not all of this was really necessary I suppose.
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I dropped out of college probably a little more than a year ago. I had started working part time graveyard. Mostly due to my mother telling me i needed to get a part time job. I took the job and would always be late to my first class since i need to take a shower after work or finish up some homework. Sometimes I'd just crash after work and miss two classes or just decide not to go. I was studying fine arts and i didn't even have any motivation to go to my sculpting classes. Only class i liked going to was drawing/painting since it was a night class. Lots of other things started to pile on and some other issues. It got to a point where i would imagine myself walking into the street and getting ran over by a speeding car just so i could not go to school. I was in a dark place for some time at which point i went against my mothers wishes and stopped going to school. Luckily it was only community college so i dont owe a ton of money (i owe around 5-6K) I still work that part time job. I'm a little happier (at least not contemplating suicide) but still working out some troubles and deciding what i want to do with my life. Gotta make it a good one yah know?

School isn't for everyone so dont feel bad if it's not for you. There are other like you and other like me. Chin up and make life good.
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Posted 2/17/14
Quit school after I found a networking job.

Worked night shift, went to school during the day, slept all day in classes, wasted money, no point in continuing to throw money away so I quit.

Fuck school. We shouldn't have to worry about 60k+ loans that we're never going to be able to pay off without a job right out of college. They tell you "oh we have an 80% job success rate from our graduates" but what they don't tell you is that 90% of those jobs are fast food or low tier jobs that don't pay you half of what you deserve for going to school. Point is, school is complete trash and utterly useless. You want to learn and develop your mind? Use the internet, it's the best resource and a wonderful teacher.
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The only time I thought about dropping out was my freshmen year in high school. Weird thing that was the only year I had more than 2 friends... I went because my mother wanted me to and it kept me away from her, also my grandparents offered me money for good grades $200 for straight A's. I just went to class and left, I did not talk to people. hated group projects (and still do), but I didn't want to go to college and had no real plan for myself. But in the past year I started going to school for accounting and I am loving it, it is something new and I also hate math at the end of the day since 3 out of 4 classes has math involved with it. I am personally glad I started in school since all my friends from freshmen year dropped out have around 1-4 kids each.
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Ryuouka wrote:

If you dropped out of school, what was your reason? If you didn't, but still have some interesting thoughts on the topic, go on.

I dropped out of high school 2 years ago and the most obvious explanation my family created for me, was addiction to games. I never really agreed to it, but I still moved on without trying to take it further, because i didn't really know what the reason was myself. I was pretty normal in highschool, with a fair amount of friends, normal grades, and no problem fitting in. Lately ive been re thinking the reason, and ive come up with a new explanation that is fairly logical when i think back on the state of mind i was in.

I started living alone the first year of highschool, so i spent a lot of time playing with my friend online. I never really went out other than school, so the lack of interaction made me too shy and nervious to talk to people, so i avoided it as much as i could. The lack of interaction made me look at, and observe people instead. After some time, i started to question people's actions in different situations. This made me extremely self concious, and helped to explore my own individuality. I would question this system called society, and how it supposedly would bring me happyness and a succesfull life. Yet I felt like i was only being the person people and society wanted me to be...a slave for others acception.

So back then i didn't think about the things i stated above, however, i knew one thing. I knew breaking away from society's system brought me a incredible amount of feelings, more negative than positive, but the negative also brought me excitement. So i started dodging school more and stayed home playing games, and after a while my grades was beyond fixing. Do i regret it? not at all, i felt free and i achieved controll over my own individuality. Would a succesfull life with a good job make me happy? probably not, though i still don't know what i want.


Though haven't officially dropped out of school yet, I have a strong urge to the so, the proof being the amount of absences I have. My reason for doing so it's pretty much identical to yours except that for me is Anime(Manga, Light Novels, and other Otaku-ish media included), and that I don't live alone for the most part. But yeah, they are more or less identical so there's absolutely no need to explain that part.

As for the reason I have not dropped out yet is because of my fear of being thrown out into the streets. In this world you can't live without that widely-craved thing known as money. My parents being fairly old and poor of health probably won't last that many more years alive, so I, who is pretty alienated from my other family members, will almost immediately be thrown out into the streets, and will die from boredom and hunger.
Yet even knowing so, my mind and body still refuse to continue being society's dog and will probably end up dropping out anyways. I don't even know what to do even more. Society is too cruel.
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When I was 16 my mom committed suicide, my dad died 5 years earlier from lung cancer and my mom never really got over that trauma. We had no one to look after us my parents where single children. My two sisters, my brother and I where put into foster care. I dropped out of school and started working as a janitor in the mornings and a security guard on night shifts at a local hospital. I was emancipated from the state soon after. Because they we where all split up during foster care a judge saw it was in the best interest for me to become my siblings legal guardian. All this took about a year to work out I had my own place at 17 my siblings moved in with me. I worked two jobs for 7 years to make ends meet. I just wanted to give them a shot at a "normal" life. Now I'm 29 balding and I'll be watching my youngest sister graduate college soon. It has been a long hard road as a kid raising kids but I see my brother and sister's families and I tear up wouldn't have changed it for anything in the world.
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31 / M / Bellingham WA, USA
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Posted 2/18/14 , edited 2/18/14
I didn't really know what I wanted to do with my life so I just opted to go to community college to rack up some credits and get a two year degree if nothing else.

I tested rather low for math and lower than I expected for English, so it took me a while to even work my way up to college level classes (hooray for public education turning out people who can't read or write!). I've always been a big reader and had a fairly extensive vocabulary, but apparently I was getting by on just "writing like I talk" for all of high school without anyone ever noticing that I didn't know the first thing about proper sentence structure. Hell, I didn't even learn what a semicolon was used for until I was 20 years old!

My biggest issue was math though. I always did just fine with math up until pre-algebra in 9th grade. At that point I got stuck in a rut that lasted me the rest of my school career. I barely managed to get enough math under my belt to graduate high school, and I've only made it up to advanced algebra (math 99) in college. But it took so many failed attempts to get to that point that I just gave up on wanting to go back to try again, even though those are really the only credits I need at this point to graduate.

I spent 3 and a half years working on getting my AA. Over a year of that time was spent in academic probation for failing math classes where I was limited to taking no more than two courses a quarter. I think that's bullshit because I was paying them good money to fail me But oh well.

During my last quarter at school I was beginning to feel a little confident with myself and I was planning to make one last serious attempt to conquer math, but out of the blue I ended up having a part written for me in a speculative tv pilot that a friend of mine had written. I dropped out of school mid quarter, and took a bus across the State to go and pursue acting.

That pilot was shot immediately prior to the writers strike of 2007, and we got completely screwed by it. It was shopped around to all the major networks, and everything took so long to happen that it lost all of it's momentum. At one point though, CBS had it being between us and Big Bang Theory (unfortunately we lost out) :P

I had to keep my schedule open for the better part of a year because of all of that business, so school wasn't an option for me at that time. I found that as more time went by the more I questioned the point of going back. I still had no plans to move on to a university to get a degree in anything, and an AA is only worth so much.

Fast forward to today. Time has passed, I've worked several jobs, had stints of unemployment, then worked some more. But at the end of the day I'm still pretty much in the same boat concerning school.
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Posted 2/18/14 , edited 2/18/14

madmejis wrote:

When I was 16 my mom committed suicide, my dad died 5 years earlier from lung cancer and my mom never really got over that trauma. We had no one to look after us my parents where single children. My two sisters, my brother and I where put into foster care. I dropped out of school and started working as a janitor in the mornings and a security guard on night shifts at a local hospital. I was emancipated from the state soon after. Because they we where all split up during foster care a judge saw it was in the best interest for me to become my siblings legal guardian. All this took about a year to work out I had my own place at 17 my siblings moved in with me. I worked two jobs for 7 years to make ends meet. I just wanted to give them a shot at a "normal" life. Now I'm 29 balding and I'll be watching my youngest sister graduate college soon. It has been a long hard road as a kid raising kids but I see my brother and sister's families and I tear up wouldn't have changed it for anything in the world.


I have to admit, this would be a pretty heart warming premise for a movie or something. I saw someone earlier in this thread say something like "I wouldn't quit school for any reason even for the sake of my family since my education is so important." That's just crazy to me. There are a lot of things that should take priority over our concept of how education should work for everyone.
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When I dropped out as a junior in high school, I felt a lot of different pressures on me. In one of my classes, I had been having conflicts with a student who sat at a table with me and the rest of my group. She was generally pretty stuck up and was also anti-LGBT, which was a bit of a problem, since I'm transgender. After months of us trying and failing to put up with each other, I was the one who snapped, and I grabbed her shirt in the middle of class and nearly punched her after she said that a friend of mine who had been thrown out of her home for being transgender "deserved it". Naturally, I was called to the principal's office and suspended. They told me that if I wanted to come back to school, I'd have to see a psychiatrist. And that costs money. We didn't have much free money to spend at the time, because within the span of the last three months, both my dad and my brother had been admitted to the hospital after having small strokes. In the end, it was a combination of me wanting an easy way out of school since I'd been putting up with people like that girl since middle school, and then having to deal with the school not doing anything about it, and genuine concern for both my mental health and my family's current money situation. I'm a lot happier now that the stress is gone, but looking back I kind of regret it.
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I got into a fight with a painfully sexist tutor, after an extremely testing year before my emigration across the planet.

I've since resumed education with less cretinous educators
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23 / M / WA
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Posted 2/18/14
Much respect for everyone here. Society is a beast but there's multiple ways to tame a beast so keep at it.
Posted 2/19/14 , edited 2/19/14
bitches, bullies, lazy professors, uninteresting classes.. those things.
Posted 2/19/14 , edited 2/19/14

spensaur wrote:

Point is, school is complete trash and utterly useless. You want to learn and develop your mind? Use the internet, it's the best resource and a wonderful teacher.


It's not utterly useless, but it isn't perfect either. I think it is how you make use of your time in any educational institution. The internet is a wonderful resource but a lot of people do not realise how really great it is. While I agree the internet is a lot more resourceful (well it depends, I'm studying legal practice so the internet can't always be relied on) than school, I think it truly depends on how the individual uses them. I think the only real problem is that young people aren't necessarily encouraged and shown how to use them to it's full potential...
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I dropped out of college a little over a year ago since about a month prior I had to go to the hospital since I wasn't taking insulin (I am a type 1 diabetic) and I got very suck. When I got back I lost all motivation to continue and dropped out. I will go to an actual art school since I want to do something art related (a community college doesn't give you the things you need when it comes to doing anything related to art) at some point.
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I didn't drop out of Highschool but I was damn near in doing so. Reason because I didn't want to deal with school and the work. I felt all of it was so half assed. I changed schools midway and it was a really bad experience trying to make friends. I made so many bad impressions and took so long to realize that I had done so. I was in my own little world since I had it easy socially before I changed schools. It made me worry less about school work (not that I cared much about it before). I was also absent so much.
Through out my 4 years of High School I probably missed around 150+ whole days of school.
Plus I was tardy at least every other day in the mornings. Almost all the missed days were just me not wanting to get out of bed in the morning.

My grades stuck around C's and B's. i was just trying to get by with the least amount of effort. I kept telling people I was going to go to college but had no real intention of doing so. I made simple mistakes but just one too many. I graduated by the hair on my chin. I had no intention of dropping out. I just turned 20 two months ago and have been a shut in for the passed year. Gonna move from Cali to Arkansa and try to pick things up. I want to go to college. I have every reason to do so for myself. I had been stuck on the idea that the only reason to go was because "I was expected to do so".

Being a shut in is extremely negative. Yeah you have all the free time you could want but before long you'll start to hate it. No one may say anything but it begins to stress out those you live with (family). I've had days where I lay in bed all day and don't do a thing because playing video games or watching anime weighs too much mentally. I can't enjoy it and it just shows that I have no intention of trying to get a job or trying to go to school.
Didn't mean to go off topic but wanted to share that much information.

All i know is that it's never too late but the sooner the better.
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