i went into college knowing what I wanted to major in and was very exited about it. But now almost at the end of my Sophomore year I get no enjoyment out of it anymore. I’m bored with what I’m doing, and my other required classes for the major (Calculus to be one example) are so boring and un-motivating to me that it’s actually causing me to fall behind because of the lack of motivation. I’m also getting more and more depressed as time goes on because of how hard this all is. I feel like if I dropped out of school I would be much happier. I don’t even know what I would really do to support myself or anything. I feel like even if I was living on the streets for a while I would still be happier then I am now. I don’t need some high paying job or to live the life of luxury. I just want to be happy, not depressed like I am now. I don’t want to continue down this path, so should I turn back if it’ll make me happy, or do I continue to suffer and [try] to continue on?
You also need to take your future into consideration. It can be difficult for you to continue with college, but dropping out is something to seriously think about. You say dropping out would make you happy, which sounds positive, but you also need to think a bit further ahead. Sometimes it can be better to bite through it and then in the future, you'll always have your college degree to fall back to. Getting a job is really difficult for most people. Of course happiness is more important than a high paid job, but without that college degree it can be so much tougher to even find a job. If you end up without a job and you struggle to get around with things, you won't be happy either. In the end it's your choice. It's your decision to make, but think thoroughly about it. Do you really want to drop out of college and risk those struggles in your future? I'd say, try to hold on to it and try to bite through it. Before you know it, college will be over and you'll be out there, free to choose your path. If you throw it all away now, you might regret it forever. It might make you happy for a short period of time to drop out, but in the long run it won't. Think carefully about the pros and cons before you make your decision.
Depression can make you unmotivated to do anything, even the things you enjoy the most.I agree with the first answer, thinking about the future is very important. If you're not able to support yourself you won't lead a very happy life. Your main goal through the day will have to be surviving and I'm pretty sure you, as a young adult with a lot more time to live, would want to enjoy life, experience new things and go on adventures. Achieving that will be a lot easier with a college degree and a good job.The mental part is very important too though, as I started out saying, depression can make you unmotivated to do anything.I used to be majorly depressed and I quit every sport and hobby I was into and I even stopped going to school (this was in 10th grade so I couldn't really drop out). What that did was shut me out, I isolated myself from everything and ended up just laying in bed day in and day out. Only getting up to go to the toilet now and then.I am pretty sure this is not what you want. I found out after this experience that if you are depressed it's best to stay in the loop. You don't want to isolate yourself. When you're in college there are someone checking in on you, isn't there? I've always found it comforting to know that if I "stumble" a bit again I will have someone there noticing it without me having to ask for help. I find it quite hard to ask for help when I am feeling depressed because I feel like I either don't deserve any help or I don't want to bother anyone. Having the school system there to look out for you is a very good lifeline.In the end this is all your choice, but my advice would be to think through what is really making you depressed. Maybe college and the classes you're taking isn't what is bringing you down and you're just not motivated at all anymore because you are depressed?
A sense of accomplishment would most likely make you much happier in general than dropping out of college. I know that the thought is incredibly tempting, because it bears the idea of letting go of something that is quite obviously causing you much pain. But here's something I've learned during my time in college: I used to think I made the wrong choice, that if I had gone with a different course, I would have been much more interested in what I was doing. But then I've realized that every singe course has something in it that just doesn't motivate me enough, or even something I downright hate about it. And the same goes for jobs... Or basically any activity that you do for the hopes of being productive, getting something out of it. I would only advise you to drop out of college if you had a clear idea/plan for what you were going to do after. Being out of that system can be scary, because college (or the educational system in general) gives you clear goals and directions that you can follow and through them you can get a sense of accomplishment, which is a great motivator and can do a lot to improve your mental healthMy advice for you would be to stick with college for now, and try your best to improve. Don't limit yourself on what you can or cannot do, just because you've had a bad year. You telling yourself you can't do it can seriously (and I mean seriously) affect your ability to perform.
Honestly do what makes you happy....people are so hesitant to tell you to quit, and to be fair so am i. I dont want you to regret the decisions you make 20 years from now. My suggestion is finish this semester and then take a year off. Figure out yourself. Find out what you want to do then when you do go back to college and even the classes you might hate you will still be motivated to do and then watch its a wonderful life and a bunch of ted talk videos and preach whatever random garbled message this is :)
College is really stressful, but if you have the money to finish college you absolutely should. Maybe take some time off, get therapy and then go back to school next year. Or take it easy over the summer. As far as your major goes, I honestly find every major to be boring, so I just picked something that I felt the most comfortable with and feel like I can make major improvements in/ be good at. If you are good or decent in what you're majoring in, then you will be okay. You could always double minor in things that interest you more.Definitely talk to a psychologist or therapist about how you are feeling.
Live in the now! You know you aren't happy with your major now, you definitely will not be happy with it as a career. I understand the difficulty of your decision. I have parents that are so forceful on where they think I need to go to college and what I should major in. What they never think about is my happiness. If your true passion is something else then I say follow your heart, and do what makes you happy. After all, you never know if tomorrow could be your last day. So live in the now and do what makes you happy today, and forget what people are telling you to do with your life. It's your life and you only have one so make it count!