Advice for a university drop-out
July 11, 2011 6:58 PM Subscribe
I'm stuck at a sort of quarter-life crisis/crossroads here. I was kicked out of an Ontarian university almost 2 years ago, and after two (failed) attempts to get re-admitted, learnt that my chances to get in are kinda slim. Since my withdrawal, I've been thinking about some very tough questions but am unable to solve them or come to a conclusion.
posted by raintree to education (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
1) Should I still pursue post-secondary education? Is it worth it?
I'm currently enrolled in a GIS certificate program through a local college. I wanted to be an outdoor education teacher/field naturalist before my withdrawal, but am unsure how to pursue that goal without some sort of university degree. Since this isn't a decision that lies in my hands, is it stupid to keep trying (and trying)? An academic advisor told me that people can get re-admitted if they demonstrate that they are competent for university (i.e. show grades from another academic institution) and/or wait it out for approx. 5 or more years.
2) Is there any "good" way to break the news to your parents?
It probably sounds very silly that I haven't informed my parents by now, but I keep thinking about how gutted they would feel. I come from a long line of academics and the single most important thing for my dad is that we (my brother and I) get our degrees. My twin brother was kicked out of university around the same time I was (ironic, eh?); he informed them, and all hell broke loose. The wounds are fresh, and as my brother tries to get re-admitted, I'm not sure how they would react if they learnt about my situation.
3) How do you stay positive/still do meaningful work after dropping out?
I was never a gifted kid by any means, but I graduated high school as an Ontario Scholar. To not be able to complete an undergraduate degree is a big blow to my self-esteem and how I feel as a person (whether or not that is justified). What kind of resources or mentors should one pursue to find meaningful work?