How To Know College Isn’t For You - 7 Not-So College Student Types

It seemed like a good idea in the beginning, to attend a four-year university and major in a career field that will hopefully bring in some great money one day.  However, all that changed when present struggles called for immediate financial attention and college, at least for now, would have to be put on the back burner. This is a reality for many recent high school graduates either about to attend college or recently signed up but now have to reconsider.

Students are wondering where are they going to get the money next semester to attend since parents or guardians are unwilling to help or lack resources. How are they going to finance their books and what can they do to start paying the interest on those student loans that are already showing up in their mailboxes before they are even near graduation?

As the walls seem to close in around them, they will have to reach a decision on whether to continue or to leave.  The following information, broken down by personality type, may help someone out there who is in need of an answer on whether to stay or go.

The Transfer Student

You have transferred from one institution to another in less than two years time and you are still unsatisfied with the institution you now attend.  You may have done this because you felt pressure from those around you to stay in college when you rather pursue other interests.  You will need to take the time to think real hard whether or not you are attending college for you or everyone else.  Don’t continue to do something that you know you aren’t passionate about.  You may desire to attend a two-year community college, trade school, or attend college online.  Consider how much it is costing you in student loans, because you aren’t completely satisfied with your decision, once you know what you want make the move.  You will be ridiculed and criticized for your actions by some family members and friends, don’t take anything anyone says personally because they most likely will not be around to help you pay the debt you already accumulated in your name.

The “I Can’t Decide on a Major” Student

Whether you have been attending college for a short or long time, you went into college wondering what you would like to study and still you haven’t reached a decision.  You have changed your major so much that no one really knows what you are doing.  Now is the time, to consider taking a semester off and really taking that time to either decide what you’re passionate about or find something else to do.  If you have someone else paying for college, it is best not to waste their money but not having an idea what exactly you want to do with your life.  When you are in the position where you have to pay for your college on your own, you will be amazed at how dedicated you will be to your major and you will not waste your own money or time jumping from one major to the next.

The Party Student

You make more time to party then to study.  When everyone else is studying, you are planning for the next party to create, attend or invite someone to.  You aren’t really interested in the education; instead, you are more focus on the overwhelming opportunities to socialize.  Since that is your specialty why not make some money off of the people you know.  Utilize your opportunities to network to grow a business.  Many students have started businesses in college later they dropped out to pursue their passion.  Do the best you can to at least stay in college long enough to begin a business; however, if you feel you aren’t that disciplined to even try, why continue to stay?  Leave and get a job until you are ready to settle down.

The Lazy Student

Don’t feel like studying, joining an organization, attending an event, volunteering or doing anything else other than sleeping, eating and dating?  You will need to evaluate what your reasons are for attending.  Have you bothered to see what else the college is offering you to motivate you?  Go to the student activities office for a calendar of events, read the student newspaper, and take the time to read the campus fliers, you will be surprised what is out there to enhance your college experience.  Otherwise, if you don’t you will find yourself dropping out without giving yourself the chance to take advantage of opportunity given to you.

The Pregnant Student

You recently found out that you are pregnant.  You may have considered that the best thing for you and your unborn child is to leave.  For some mothers that is not the best choice and you may be one of them.  Although it will take a lot of dedication and hard work to stay in college through all of your symptoms, you can do it!  Some women are strong-minded enough to handle schooling and pregnancy.  If you don’t have any health issues, doing exceptionally well and have a support system around you, think about seriously staying at least until your water breaks.  The last thing you would want to do is jump ship early and later regret your decision. 

The Financially Broke Student

You have done everything to pay for college and have been attending part-time for a long time just because t was easier to handle the costs and keep a job.  However, the bills are coming in faster then the money and you are in danger of getting a negative credit rating, these are sign that you might want to stop going at least temporary or find some other way to get your career goals accomplished.  You may have done everything you possibly could, applied for grants and scholarships, took put loans, received a paid internship, asked family for money, got a job, and joined a college work study and you still keep coming short every semester, it is time to let go.  In addition, you may be experiencing hair loss, fatigue and many other symptoms as a result of all the stress -- nothing is worth all of this pain and anxiety.  If you can’t resolve your issues and you have a faith, go to God with your prayers and end the nightmare.  Take the skills that you do have and start looking for a job.  Many people have made the equivalent if not more than college students in various career fields.  Why not get out there and start looking before your friends graduate?  You will at least have your foot in the door before they come out and have more hands-on experience.  Not only that, some employers don’t want to pay as much to a college student and would rather hire someone they could train and offer a lesser pay.

The Burned Out Student

You bit off more than you can chew from the day you stepped on campus your freshman year.  You have always been an overachiever, but now you have come to a place in your life where you are just not happy.  The burdens you are carrying in your personal and professional life have come overwhelming.  It is time to make a decision on whether or not you can keep this up.  You have more doctors’ visits then anyone you know and you are becoming very difficult to be around.  There are enough signs around you that say, “This season of your life is over there is something better than this out there for you!”  You will have to seriously consider if you are still passionate about what you set out to achieve or have you grown since you were 18 and have decided that maybe you prefer a simpler life, less career and money driven.  There is nothing wrong with desiring one day to become a wife or husband and to have children.  There are a variety of ways to become financially stable and seek those interests.  Before, you find yourself hospitalized or diagnosed with something that may cause your body harm due to all the stress, leave.  You can always go back on your own time, not on the time of others.

Nicholl McGuire is the author of What Else Can I Do on the Internet?

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