School Problems (6)

1 Name: Anonymous : 2011-12-12 18:27 ID:G8HgCCwD

Current I am studying at a great university. I have just transfered in this year from another school and have had the worst semester ever.

I have been kicked out of my apartment, almost had a divorce, the family dog die one week and family member die another week. I have also try as I may been doing terrible on tests that I have studied for but end up failing.

Also, been put into classes randomly late in the semester that now I have to withdraw from before I get a F for a class I didn't even know (and my advisor never stated even though we went over my schedule again and again before I started) I was in until I randomly got messages about it.

Now I am so terrible sick that I have to re-do a final next semester to pass a class this semester (the professor had sympathy for me and is such a great person).

They told me when I first came in this would be my worst semester but this is terrible.

I am not trying to blame it on those events and I have just been trying to push them down and not think about them. When they came up I said oh well and tried to focus on doing school work and studying but to no avail and really do feel like giving up on school.

I did change my major when I came to this school though from computer sci to biochemistry and feel like I should go back to computer sci like I did at my old university and go back to there and finish. I am ending up working as a programmer to support my family anyway. With me being the man of the house now to support my wife, mother and grandmother I will soon need to take on more work instead of putting it off for studying. Bills are stacking up and everything.. My mother also works but still we need more income..

My question is though should I stay or should I go basically? I am thinking I should just move back to where my old school is and finish my computer science degree or wait and see how terrible I did here and keep going trying to work up from this terrible semester. What do you all think?

2 Name: Anonymous : 2011-12-12 23:28 ID:crkIWKf8

There are several issues you need to address: to do biochemistry or comp sci, for instance. I don't know why you switched, so I don't know on which to decide. Did you intend to go on to do a PhD after your studies, or to branch directly to industry?

Now on the question of whether to stay or go back to your old school, you need to take the time to think and appraise the situation objectively. Do you feel that you have enough of an hang on the situation, so that next semester things will work out? Or will you continue to struggle, and have a good chance of failing? Perhaps you solved your apartment issue, took enough remedial classes to correct your deficiencies, and are able to take on the next semester with a lot more confidence? Or perhaps nothing of this is true, and you are going to continue to cripple yourself next semester. Some of it will depend on whether you manage to reach your academic goals for this semester, but things don't look to good, from what you describe.

I think that if you don't have strong confidence that you can pull it out, then you should probably consider going back to your old school, so that you can be more efficient at getting an degree, and providing income to your family. Maybe in a couple of years, when the situation is better, you may consider extending your education, but right now you are struggling, and should try to be efficient and responsible. Good luck!

3 Name: Anonymous : 2011-12-13 03:55 ID:J5zQxA0u

Thank you.
After taking into account some of your advise and others I have just decided to keep trying and work on improving next semester. Also, find a way to do school and work at the same time to help out my family.

As I only have a year and half left I might as well stick to it and try to do better.

4 Name: Anonymous : 2011-12-13 09:03 ID:kYgwgG6P

Consider taking time off from school and getting your life back on track again... From what i've been through... you think you can make it through just this semester but you end up backing yourself into a dead end...

I thought i could do it and then completely fell on my ass and got kicked out... Took a year off and tried to piece my life back together. Currently back in school and doing much better without all that stress and thoughts in the back of my mind when studying.

In either case, i wish you the best of luck on your decision and on your studies.

5 Name: Anonymous : 2011-12-16 02:30 ID:J5zQxA0u

Yeah I know what you mean it can be stressful. I'll try to find some way to relax and get better focus on studies.
Thanks I wish you luck also

6 Name: Anonymous : 2011-12-18 21:36 ID:31CVc8nj

I dunno about all that, but do use Anki for review in your studies to make things a little easier.

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