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Any helpful guidance for family member who is leaving High School?

I have a family member that has chosen to leave high school at 16. I need some help or resources for us to guide a constructive process. [more inside]
posted by occidental on Jul 16, 2014 - 14 answers

Reasons, descriptions of what it was like to drop out of medical school?

I'm writing a short story in which a character drops out of medical school in his third year. I'm wondering if anyone has any firsthand or secondhand experience with this (dropping out at any point). I've never gone to med school and I'm making this all up, but it would be great to get some real-world input.
posted by swheatie on Jul 7, 2014 - 7 answers

I just got my masters in Biophysics and want to leave. Should I?

I'm in a Ph. D. program in Biophysics. I'm getting paid to be here. I've joined a lab and finished the classes, but I still have at least 2 and a half long years of research to go. I don't care for my project, I don't care for the town I'm in, and I don't even know if I care about science anymore. Finally someone noticed and I've been told I need to step up my game. [more inside]
posted by Archibald Edmund Binns on Dec 12, 2013 - 22 answers

What comes after dropping out of a surgical residency?

What are the future employment options / career trajectory for someone who has just completed their third year of a surgical residency and who has passed their third-year boards, but who has dropped out of the program? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Jul 29, 2013 - 3 answers

PhD dropout

I'm dropping out of a PhD program in a social science with only a masters degree. I need a real job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2013 - 15 answers

I'd walk through the quad, and think "Oh my God...These kids are so much younger than me."

Tell me your stories about/examples of people that either started college later in life (after 21) or returned to college after dropping out, and went on to become famous or wildly successful (or both!) in academia or their chosen careers. [more inside]
posted by Seiten Taisei on Feb 27, 2012 - 16 answers

We don't need no thought control...

I'm going to college! (fo' realz this time, yo). So, what should I study? (or, How do I learn to stop worrying I won't get to do everything and love just one subject?) [more inside]
posted by Seiten Taisei on Feb 9, 2012 - 19 answers

How do people quit grad school?

How do tell my advisor that I am dropping out of grad school and finding a job? [more inside]
posted by rjbiscuit on Feb 7, 2012 - 17 answers

don't call me (for a while), I'll call you (eventually)

What are some socially acceptable ways to "drop out" socially for 6 months or so? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2012 - 12 answers

How can I go back to scbool?

What are my options for resuming my undergraduate education? Somewhat longwinded special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by panthera on Jan 29, 2012 - 10 answers

I'm a dropout baby, so why don't you kill me?

I'm a graduate school dropout after a single semester. What is the best way to phrase this on my resume now that I am back on the job market? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Jan 6, 2012 - 10 answers

When do you give up pursuing a degree?

When do you give up pursuing a degree? I have been attending art college since 2003 and I'm at the point of questioning my desire to get a BFA (special snowflake details inside) [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr on Oct 23, 2011 - 27 answers

Should I drop out of engineering?

Should I drop out of Engineering and change my major? I have Really bad transcript. [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 on Oct 19, 2011 - 18 answers

Graduate School Dropout, No Graduation Day for You

My Masters program isn't the academic challenge that I hoped it would be. I'm paying a lot of money and spending a lot of time to do this in addition to my full-time job. Should I keep going or cut my losses? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2011 - 17 answers

I've been to school, now I'd like an education!

After years of mulling about, I've come to realize that I want to to go to university and gain a proper liberal arts education. For the first time in what feels like eons, I feel enthusiastic and motivated. Trouble is, my first attempt at doing so was three years ago and under much different and more trying circumstances. It seems that the consequences of my halfhearted younger self have severely damaged my future possibilities. What can this 21-year-old do to demonstrate his new-found ardor for all pursuits academic? [more inside]
posted by shoebox on Oct 5, 2011 - 13 answers

How can I stop dwelling on the past and live in the present instead?

How can I stop dwelling on the past and live in the present instead? I'd like to know of any coping strategies you've had which allowed you to move on from mistakes you've made and live life more fully in the present, while dealing with self-destructive tendencies and poor discipline. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2011 - 11 answers

Postponing College

I'm a 21 year old college sophomore who's as independent as a fourteen year old. I'm thinking about rectifying this by dropping out and taking up a trade or technical degree, then going back once I'm established. [more inside]
posted by Pericardium on Jul 15, 2011 - 39 answers

I know the magnitude of my life vector and now I need direction

I've failed college and I don't feel like returning, at all. In fact, every single day I stay here seems like a waste. So, I might as well do what I was planning on graduation: Get as far away as possible and start over. Question is, where? [more inside]
posted by shoebox on Jul 12, 2011 - 31 answers

And I have had 'Beauty School Dropout' from Grease in my head ever since.

I dropped out of college with one class to go. How do I go about taking that one class four years later? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2011 - 11 answers

Should I drop out of law school or finish my last year, or get a MBA? I need help fixing my life.

I am 24 years old and am just having a tough time with life in general. One of my most specific problems is that I am currently in my second year of law school (the school is ranked right around 100) and I hate it. I don't know whether it would be best to finish my law degree, apply to a MBA program, or just drop out completely and get whatever job I can find and start working my way up. [more inside]
posted by mephesta on Jan 27, 2011 - 23 answers

What to expect in the real world?

What are the drawbacks to taking time off of school? On the other hand, have you had a positive experience taking an unconventional route to education? [more inside]
posted by karminai on Dec 3, 2010 - 31 answers

Careers for a medical school drop-out?

Careers for a medical school drop-out? [more inside]
posted by Mike1024 on Oct 3, 2010 - 11 answers

what have I done wrong?

How to get the dropout back to college? How to repair relationships broken over the dropout? What is more important for a parent: to see that your son finished college or to have relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous111 on Jun 27, 2010 - 36 answers

I blew $20,000 by dropping out of college mid-semester. Where do I go from here?

I blew $20,000 of my parents' money in a decision that I've admitted to them was the most unforgivable, shameful thing I've ever done. How do I make this right? [more inside]
posted by gacxllr9 on Jun 11, 2010 - 88 answers

Help me understand the consequences of dropping out of grad school.

Help me understand the consequences of dropping out of grad school. [more inside]
posted by fake on Mar 10, 2010 - 27 answers

legally dropping out of school, in MN

Can a Minnesota student who is 17 legally drop out of school with parental consent if they are in special education? What if they are 19 and still in school? Where is this referenced in MN law? (Asking for Mrs. Pithy Comment.)
posted by pithy comment on Jan 20, 2010 - 3 answers

Help a college drop-out convince universities to let her return

I've achieved the passion and motivation to go to college that I never had when I was actually attending, so now, at 24, I want to go back. But my post-high school academic career is just miserable. What's the best route for me to return to a good college without breaking the bank? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Jan 8, 2010 - 2 answers

I won't pay ya, no way, why don't you get a job?

18 year old Australian introverted indoorsy uni drop-out seeks employment in recession. No qualifications (a business cert from school), no drivers license, no skills (maybe typing), no experience, no references, limited public transport. What now? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Jul 30, 2009 - 30 answers

The Regretful Adventurer?

Any stories, published or personal, about those who've taken the road less traveled... and regretted it? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Jul 15, 2009 - 18 answers

Do I need a college degree?

Do I need a college degree? I have no trouble finding work, make good money, and love what I do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2009 - 67 answers

I screwed up, and don't want to do it again

I'm reapplying to college six years after dropping out. I left, in part, because I had developed a drug problem. My application needs to include an essay which explains why I want to return, why my grades were below a 2.0 at the time I left, and why I will not repeat the same mistakes. Just how honest should I be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2009 - 21 answers

Can I help my 19yr old brother with little hope for his future?

Can I help my 19yr old brother with little hope for his future? [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange on Apr 20, 2009 - 43 answers

Sacrifice, Future, Family, Bankruptcy...

I'm currently working on my MBA at a relatively prestigious business school and am coming to understand that my parents are in a grave financial situation that may lead to them having to file for bankruptcy. My father's been unable to get steady work for the last year or two and my mother's income isn't large enough to maintain the household and service their debt. In all likelihood they'll lose their house in two to three months unless something dramatic happens. I'm considering dropping out of school and returning home to help them weather the storm but I don't know a) if they'd be able to stomach it, b) whether I'd be able to find a job quickly enough to fend off the fallout, c) if I'm really serious about doing this, d) if this is the right thing for me to do, and e) what it'll mean for my future. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 2, 2009 - 18 answers

Help: My life is a rut but I feel too sad to get out

Lost my current life and all of my friends: how can I let go and move forward? [more inside]
posted by Hina on Mar 7, 2009 - 31 answers

Should I drop out of college?

Should I drop out of college? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2008 - 26 answers

Send me back to skool

How does a 25-year old college dropout go about getting a fresh start at a new university? [more inside]
posted by sambosambo on May 11, 2008 - 11 answers

Can I be happy and successful without a degree? How?

I want to drop out of college because I'm unhappy with it. I don't think I really absolutely need a degree to do what I want. My goal is to work in a computer/network security or general (*nix) sysadmin position. Help me form a plan to a happy and successful life without a degree. [more inside]
posted by crypticgeek on Dec 25, 2007 - 56 answers

Should I go for it?

I am a new college dropout. The whole incident behind it came as a total shock. I've messed up, I'm lost, and I'm not sure what to do. Naturally, there's a lot more inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2007 - 45 answers

edjumucate me.

Is it too late for me? Is it crazy to start university in your 30s? [more inside]
posted by loiseau on Feb 21, 2007 - 59 answers

Why do dropped wifi connections cripple my computer?

My wifi connection drops when I stream radio requiring a full restart of my computer to repair the connection. Any ideas on how to isolate and fix the problem? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Jul 13, 2006 - 5 answers

What should a dropout in debt do?

I need to get on the right track to fixing my life. [more inside]
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire on Apr 19, 2006 - 35 answers

Returning to college after a break

What percentage of students who take a "break" from college end up returning? For example, say someone plans to take a year off to work. How often do people actually return to college after that?
posted by punishinglemur on Mar 5, 2006 - 24 answers

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