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 5 Justified Reasons To Drop Out

Taking a higher education in college or university immediately after high school has become the norm nowadays. Maybe this is part of the reasons dropout rates are getting higher and higher each year.

Leaving school due to being homesick, having problems with a roommate, or finding out college actually requires a lot of effort might not be really sensible.

However, there are some other reasons which make complete sense. 

 

Do you find yourself in any of the following 5 common scenarios?

“I don’t feel I fit in…”

For many, the environment at traditional colleges/universities is not a good match. Some students just do not feel comfortable and accepted in the school community. They do not feel like they fit in and the way things work just does not align with their beliefs.

Often it is the fast transition between the familiar environment and social circles of high school and the new and different reality of college. Other times people just find out they cannot relate to the majority of people at college and gradually exclude themselves which leads to an inability to keep going.

Lack of open communication, being heard by teachers and peers, and most importantly not feeling you are part of a community where you receive the necessary respect are a few reasons people do not feel they belong.

The programme is not the right one

This is probably the most common problem observed nowadays. The social pressure of having to make a choice that will define your life when you are only 19 years old is sometimes a bit too much to handle.

Many students make a rushed or uncertain decision (which is totally understandable). During the first few semesters, many things clear out and a lot of students find out the programme they chose was not what they imagined.

There is nothing wrong to stop for a while and take the time to think and consider your options carefully.

Too much to handle

Let’s be honest – college could be too much to handle sometimes. The amount of pressure and stress students have to go through nowadays is way too high. Classes overwhelm students with tones of theoretical knowledge and send them home with even more projects, homework, case students, and presentations to prepare.

It is actually not an easy task to keep the balance between good results in school and having the time to relax and maintain a social life. If the student also has to work to support him/herself things get nearly impossible.

Too much theory, not enough practice

A lot of programmes tend to overwhelm students with too much theoretical knowledge. So much that they forget to leave space and time for some practical action (which is way more important).

Depending on the field of studies many resources are available at online courses or part-time programmes which are enough to give students the necessary amount of knowledge which allows them to enter the work market. Focusing on getting an internship/part-time job is sometimes a better solution.

Discouraging/Uninspiring Environment

Not everyone is okay with the traditional schooling system. A lot of students decide to drop out or switch majors because they do not feel the teachers, environment, and subjects are inspiring or encouraging for the students’ development and progress.

Thankfully, nowadays we have many alternatives to traditional education and finding out it is not the best fit for you is not the end of your professional development.

Don’t despair… You’re not the only one

College/University life can be a real challenge. A lot of students find it hard to keep up or just discover they didn’t make the best choice for a programme or facility.

There are many options for tackling this issue and dropping out is not something to be ashamed of.

Especially if you are not happy or think you made the wrong choice – it is actually better to break away early and find a better solution.

With numerous online courses, internship options, part-time study programmes, and even volunteering experiences a lot can be done to improve your situation.

Reasons to Drop Out
Drop Out Statistics Europe

Drop Out Statistics for Europe (2018)

1 of every 10 high school graduates in Europe does not enroll in higher education.

Statistics provided by Eurostat.

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Through the different periods and elements of the programme you have the possibility to develop the following skills:

  • Written & Verbal Communication
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Leadership 
  • Self-Reflection
  • Confidence
  • Public Speaking
  • Decision Making
  • Investigative Research
  • Proactive Problem Solving
  • Project Management
What kind of certifications do I get?

Can I get a valid reference?

Yes, you can get a valid reference.

How can I join the Take 10 Volunteer programme?

In order to enrol, you need to meet the following requirements:

    • You are 18 years old or older.
    • You are ready to leave your home for 10 months to volunteer in a community environment 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    • You have decided not to drink alcohol or take drugs for the entirety of the program.
    • You are eager to experience a multidisciplinary and collective training programme, which includes theoretical and practical activities.
    • You are ready to immerse yourself in a multicultural and diverse community.
    • You are ready to volunteer where you are most needed.
    • You look forward to engaging with the Humana People to People projects in a spirit of cooperation, mutual learning and respect.
    • You are committed to learn about people, cultures, values and traditions, and to share your knowledge and stories with the public after your travels.
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Justified Reasons to Drop Out

Taking a higher education in college or university immediately after high school has become the norm nowadays. Maybe this is part of the reasons dropout rates are getting higher and higher each year.

Leaving school due to being homesick, having problems with a roommate, or finding out college actually requires a lot of effort might not be really sensible. However, there are some other reasons which make complete sense.  Do you find yourself in any of those 5 common scenarios?

Drop Out Rate for Europe in 2018

1 from every 10 high school graduates in Europe does not enroll in higher education. Full statistics provided by Eurostat.

1. Could Not Fit In

For many, the environment at traditional colleges/universities is not a good fit. Some students just do not feel comfortable and accepted in the school community – they do not feel like they fit and the way things work just does not align with their beliefs.

Often it is the fast transition between the familiar environment and social circles of high school and the new and different reality of college. Other times people just find out they cannot relate to the majority of people at college and gradually exclude themselves which leads to an inability to keep going.

Reasons to Drop Out

Lack of open communication, being heard by teachers and peers, and most importantly not feeling you are part of a community where you receive the necessary respect are a few reasons people do not feel they belong.

2. The programme is not the right one

This is probably the most common problem observed nowadays. The social pressure of having to make a choice that will define your life when you are only 19 years old is sometimes a bit too much to handle.

Many students make a rushed or uncertain decision (which is totally understandable). During the first few semesters, many things clear out and a lot of students find out the programme they chose was not what they imagined.

There is nothing wrong to stop for a while and take the time to think and consider your options carefully.

Take 10 Volunteer Programme

Volunteering as an alternative

Have you considered to take a gap year and volunteer abroad? Getting hands-on experience, knowing yourself better, and discovering new perspectives can help you decide on your future path.

3. Too much to handle

Let’s be honest – college could be too much to handle sometimes. The amount of pressure and stress students have to handle nowadays is way too high. Classes overwhelm students with tones of theoretical knowledge and send them home with even more projects, homework, case students, and presentations to prepare.

It is actually not an easy task to keep the balance between good results in school and having the time to relax and maintain a social life. If the student also has to work to support him/herself things get nearly impossible.

Follow Franziska's blog!

Franziska from the Take 10 May Team has a great blog describing her experience at the project.

4. Too much theory, not enough practice

A lot of programmes tend to overwhelm students with too much theoretical knowledge. So much that they forget to leave space and time for some practical action (which is way more important).

Depending on the field of studies many resources are available at online courses or part-time programmes which are enough to give students the necessary amount of knowledge which allows them to enter the work market. Focusing on getting an internship/part-time job is sometimes a better solution.

 

The whole world is a school for those who wish to learn

5. Discouraging/Uninspiring Environment

Not everyone is okay with the traditional schooling system. A lot of students decide to drop out or switch majors because they do not feel the teachers, environment, and subjects are inspiring or encouraging for the students’ development and progress.

Thankfully, nowadays we have many alternatives to traditional education and finding out it is not the best fit for you is not the end of your professional development.

 

What skills can I develop as an International Development Volunteer?

Through the different periods and elements of the programme you have the possibility to develop the following skills:

  • Written & Verbal Communication
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Leadership 
  • Self-Reflection
  • Confidence
  • Public Speaking
  • Decision Making
  • Investigative Research
  • Proactive Problem Solving
  • Project Management

Don’t despair… You’re not the only one

College/University life can be a real challenge. A lot of students find it hard to keep up or just discover they didn’t make the best choice for a programme or facility.

There are many options for tackling this issue and dropping out is not something to be ashamed of. Especially if you are not happy or think you made the wrong choice – it is actually better to break away early and find a better solution. With numerous online courses, internship options, part-time study programmes, and even volunteering experiences a lot can be done to improve your situation.

What kind of certifications do I get?

Can I get a valid reference?

Yes, you can get a valid reference.

What does it take to become an International Development Volunteer?

In order to enrol in the 10 month International Development Volunteer programme, you need to meet the following requirements: 

    • You are 18 years old or older.
    • You are ready to leave your home for 10 months to volunteer in a community environment 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    • You have decided not to drink alcohol or take drugs for the entirety of the program.
    • You are eager to experience a multidisciplinary and collective training programme, which includes theoretical and practical activities.
    • You are ready to immerse yourself in a multicultural and diverse community.
    • You are ready to volunteer where you are most needed.
    • You look forward to engaging with the Humana People to People projects in a spirit of cooperation, mutual learning and respect.
    • You are committed to learn about people, cultures, values and traditions, and to share your knowledge and stories with the public after your travels.