You spent time choosing the perfect university course in the perfect city. At least you thought you had. Now you find you absolutely hate your course and want out.
The degree isn’t everything you expected. The lecturers aren’t stimulating enough or don’t deliver the course material that well. You just don’t feel like you fit in with the rest of the students. Your flatmate’s courses sound so much more interesting.
This could be a case of “the grass seems better on the other side.” It doesn’t mean your course sucks and your friends’ courses are dream university courses. Before you quit, here are a few things that you can do.
Talk to Your Professors
Are you struggling with the course? I started to hate my course at one point because I couldn’t get my head around some of the information. Instead of quitting, I went to speak to one of my lecturers to find out what I could do and for some extra explanation. It didn’t always help but most of the time my lecturers were understanding and tried to break it down in a way that I would understand.
I also talked to my friends on the course. This is beneficial to see if you’re looking at your course in a glass half empty way or whether they’re struggling too. I was lucky enough to have friends who understood everything better than me and were willing to help me out in stages.
If you start to struggle, you can start to hate your course. That doesn’t mean it isn’t the exact fit. You need to find your way around the difficult parts.
Look for Another Course
It’s not that you hate university. You still want to be there but on another course. So, look into transferring. Most universities will offer this.
The Open University was one of the easiest I found for transferring. When changes to funding and methods of payment changed, I had no choice but to switch from law to something else. I looked at all my options, talked to the course staff about all options, and was quickly transferred with course credits to use up.
Don’t just switch course based on what your friends say. Ask if you can see their notes to get a better idea. You can sometimes sit in on a lecture to make sure you’re not just looking at a course through rose-tinted glasses. And don’t forget to talk to the lecturers on the new courses to find out more.
Could You Transfer Universities?
Is the university the problem? Maybe you would like to do the same course at a different university. Consider talking to others to see if you can transfer.
If not, you could look at different courses at different universities. Bear in mind that you will usually need to reapply through the UCAS application.
Like you did before, make sure you visit campuses and talk to lecturers and other students to find out more about a course.
Just Get to the End of the Degree
Depending on the time you have left, you may be better off sticking with the course. You’ve already got through most of it and you will walk out with a degree. It may not instantly get you a graduate job, but it open more doors. If you’re still in your first year and hate your course, then you’ll want to look at the options above.
You can then look at further schooling options or other degrees. Maybe consider the Open University for your second degree. I did that after graduating my first course to do something that I really loved.
Deciding that you don’t like your degree isn’t the end of the world. You don’t know what it’s like until you try it and anything could happen during the year to make you decide against the subject. Just because you hate your course doesn’t mean you should give up on university. There are other options available to you!
Note: This was originally posted on January 19, 2013. It was updated on May 15, 2017.