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Old 11-26-2012, 06:02 PM
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I am so completely burnt out on college. I haven't had a break since I graduated high school, yet somehow I am still behind because I can't take a full load of classes since I have to work as well. I don't feel the least bit interested in going to class, and none of the content is interesting to me. I just can't make myself study. I really want to take a term off just to work, but it feels like everyone will be so disappointed in me. I moved in with my Grandma so I wouldn't have to pay rent, so I am afraid she will think I am just being lazy. I just don't know what to do.. I know I want to be a vet, but I don't have the motivation to get the grades I need, even though I am capable of getting them. Any advice guys?
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:15 PM
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You're the only one who will know what to do in this situation. I've been through the same thing. I was studying science at university on a scholarship, planning on majoring in chemistry and minoring in geoarchaeology, and was achieving a really high GPA. One semester started off great, but then I started to lose my drive and motivation and I became incredibly stressed. My classes were covering really interesting material, but I just wasn't interested. I was so scared to quit, because even more than others being disappointed in me, I was scared of being disappointed in myself. Then I realized that staying in university just to prove to myself that I could do it was not a good reason to be there. I wasn't sure that I wanted the job once I received my degree... I just wanted the degree. Finally, I decided that I needed to drop the entire program, and it was the hardest decision I've had to make. Yes, my parents were a little disappointed, but more than anything they want me to be happy and they're excited that I have new goals and want to see me be successful regardless of which avenue I choose.

Your situation is a bit different. If you are passionate about veterinary medicine and you know that it is definitely what you want to do, I would say STICK WITH IT. The time is going to pass anyway, whether you're in school or not. Taking a break is also an option, and you might feel refreshed after some time off, but I also know from experience that it's very hard to return to school after a short break. If you want to stick with it, try taking an elective course that REALLY interests you next semester, even if it won't count towards your degree. Do anything (healthy) that will keep you interested and motivated. If this is what you want, you CAN do it!

If you take a lot of time to think about it and you really do want to take a break, then that's what you need to do. Before you do though, make sure that your goal is intact and that you have a plan to achieve it. For example, don't let the break be open-ended. Plan which semester you'll return to school, and plan what classes you'll take.
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I think it has something to do with the time of year or at least it does for me. I am so burnt out on college right now that I have to force myself to do my assignments every week.
I am counting down the days until this term is over and Christmas break is here.
I hope you find your answer or your motivation soon!
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Sorry to hear you've gotta go through this, Missy! I know what it's like to be burnt out... so physically and mentally draining. I wanted to be a vet for years, but realized I wanted to help animals in need regularly and not just see them when they're sick. I enjoyed what I was doing though so I kept taking all the animal science and biology courses and plan to continue studying canine nutrition. I don't care about the printed certificate at the end of the course, it's the knowledge that's important as that's what'll carry on in whatever career you pursue. Just because you are burnt out on one path doesn't mean you can't redirect the one you're on already.
Most importantly- just make time to pamper the heck outta yourself one night a week. I'm talking full fledged bubble baths with Dido playing and incense and candles burning! It'll make you feel luxurious and remind you to take a break once in a while. Best wishes!! <3
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Just from experience if u do take a break from college u may end up makin it a permanent leave lol. I hated college and takin a break was the best thing I did. I wish u well on whatever u may choose to do
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Ik how u feel ! It kills ! Haha I have missed two years school so catching up on that and it's my GCSE year so yh I know what u mean maybe we cold help each other? Message me x


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How far along are you Missy? There's a difference if you are fairly close to graduating, or just starting out. Have you been admitted to vet school? It not, maybe take a look at what you really want to do. I don't think there's anything wrong with stopping and reevaluating. If you can get on full time, then maybe try that for a semester and see what you think. You may decide that its worth the time and effort and money to go on and get that degree! Or you may decide that working there is worth it and you don't need to go on.

College is really expensive. Save it for when you are truly motivated to earn that degree and work to get good grades. If you just aren't feeling it, then maybe it's best to take a break.
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I think it has something to do with the time of year or at least it does for me. I am so burnt out on college right now that I have to force myself to do my assignments every week.
I am counting down the days until this term is over and Christmas break is here.
I hope you find your answer or your motivation soon!
Have you heard of Seasons Affective Disorder? It may have something to do with that.

Missy - only you know if you really need to take a break but as others said, it may turn out to be permanent. Try to think about how you would feel if that's the case or if you think you're likely to make that happen. Try making things less stressful by breaking tasks down into small chunks. I found that organising things, like writing to do lists with everything I needed to do in small chunks really helped me. Good luck with whatever you choose.
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