... Archived. Or anyone who was about to drop out but turned it around perhaps? 1st year medical school is the easiest it'll ever be. We only are in this major because it's the "safe" route in college for us and we think business school is too easy to be proud of. My goal in life was to become a nurse and my last year of high school this dream became a reality. a) you wrote a paper independently, with your previous advisor's blessing. Talk to your advisor. And statistics is a fucking fantastic major. After my first year of college I felt mostly the same way. I've never experienced something like this with engineering. Dropping out of uni isn't the end of the world. No joke, by now they should just hand you a pile of money to go along with your stats degree. It's pretty rough pushing through something you don't like. If you're feeling stressed now, imagine how it's going to be later on. College is great, but it is slow and routine. The outlook for high school dropouts is considerably more bleak than for teens who finish their education. -_-. We always welcome people from other undergrad backgrounds into the field. I can't imagine being stuck doing a purely engineering role, I think it would be absolutely draining. No I don’t regret it because I was getting nowhere with my studies. While we believe college is still worth the cost, there are some real reasons that making dropping out of college a smart move. I loved the puzzles in it all. But more could be. Every job was very different from the last, except for the whole "work in a cubicle" thing. Having finished those courses tho, I am so thankful that I stuck it out through junior year. I found out that engineering would be the death of me during my mandatory co-ops. While I'm not dropping out (it's my final year, after all), I was expecting a first/high 2.1 after second year but I really don't see that happening now Most others I know are struggling well, be it mental health, finances or feeling lonely. If you are asking me for advice on whether you should drop out you probably don’t meet all of those points. People seem to get burnt early during the degree. The survey included questions about thoughts of dropping out, life events in the previous 12 months, and validated instruments evaluating burnout, depression symptoms, and quality of life (QOL). Truth be told, I'm still finding out whether it was a good decision. If there are any drop-outs here can you explain what you did post-drop-out? If I drop out by the end of this semester, I will be 40k in debt. I don't know if that makes me and my friends smug asses but that's the general consensus I see. Short Answer: Some of the classes I have been in have had moderately high drop out rates. I got a masters in something peripheral to engineering (Human Factors) and it didn't satisfy the itch. That semester was the worst semester I've ever had. That semester was the worst semester I've ever had. The question for me is not only if dropping out of college is correct. Everyone in my family took that as I would be an engineer. bschoolwiz 287 replies 64 threads Member. New research shows that engineering actually does not have a higher drop-out rate than any other field of study, but it does show that very few people drop into the field in the first place. This morning I spoke with a colleague who was an Industrial Engineering major and just changed her major to Hospitality Management. Actuarial Science so Major Stats and Minor Finance. I just graduated. Look, when it comes down to it, you need to take care of yourself first. Props! Everybody is obsessed with data and need statisticians to figure it all out and find what it means. My remaining courseload for senior year is all application of theories we have learned. You can get many jobs with an engineering degree that you wouldn't think of. I was sort of the opposite. Hopefully I can "find myself" junior year. I learned that I did not love the physics, the fluids, the actual application of the theory to these projects. *Smiles* Just trying to be funny. - Honestly the initial years of the program are quite boring, this is a huge de-motivator. Evenmoreso now, I recognize the options and potential I have for having struggled through those classes. I could take an extra year to complete my degree but, to be honest, it would pain me a lot to stay in my current location for yet another year and I would be 24 by the time I complete my degree so I am stuck between a rock and a hard place. Floating is a great word to explain my senior year of high school and freshmen year of college. It all started when this crippling thought I’m sure every artist has experienced at one point or another, entered my head and refused to leave. This has been my experience as well. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. First of all, no, dropping out would not make you a failure. January 2014 edited January 2014 in Engineering Majors. Your parents also spend a lot for your preparation and admissin in the engineering college. The work can really fuck with my mentality sometimes. You have to go through just as much no matter the direction, so you may as well stay. According to the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), students leave because they see it as “a learning environment that fails to motivate them and is unwelcoming.” So the ASEE retention project asked schools what they are doing to improve the perception. Once I graduated I didn't feel like I was ready to start working so I continued straight into grad school. I was actually beginning to feel like I have some sort of knowledge of engineering but these recent results have shown I really don't and I'm struggling beyond reasonable measure. I was forced into engineering my entire life. Recently I dropped out of art school, which is more or less the best decision I’ve ever made. You're not the first person to think about doing it, and you definitely won't be the last. Got the chance. I love the creativity of design and the math to make it all work. ... Had my advisor not handed over my work to this visiting postdoc I would tell he/she about them, so here I am asking in reddit. The jobs all sounds sinfully boring though. Why do birds fly? Physics 2 is the one I dropped and I'm starting Cal 3 pretty soon for a summer class. A friend at the time listened to all my grievances and he's the one who suggested I talk to an advisor about AS. I just really need some sort of advice. Dropping out doesn’t have to be a negative decision. I say forced as in I was given all kind of stuff to be able to explore mechanical works, electrical works, etc. Dropping out of Engineering. Just had what I feel is the worst test I've ever done (and I've done a lot of bad tests) which means yet another resit to do. ending five medical schools in 2006 and 2007 (prospective cohort) and included two additional medical schools in 2007 (cross-sectional cohort). Interpersonal Issues. That said, we can either wait for things to happen or fight to make our dreams and vision come true. Study hard for getting a position in the merit list. This realization was an intense relief as I had a horrible time the last two years struggling through the minutiae and repetition of the science and math courses. Iain Ross from Queen Margaret University says he was on the verge of dropping out but asking for the university’s help gave him the encouragement and … Engineering research can always use someone with a technical mind and a good foundation in statistics. Engineering is an difficult course if you are into it forcibly. Props bro. Doctor here. I haven't been too interested in what I'm learning and I don't get excited for the material. I hope you can find something that makes you want to get it done! If you're thinking about dropping out of medical school in your first year, I highly suggest you do so. Another common reason could be the financial instability, but the prevailing reason of the dropouts, as mentioned earlier, are that they no longer find it interesting to study engineering. I changed my major 3 times and my minor once and I still had no idea what I wanted to do career-wise. I've never experienced something like this with engineering. For TSR member starkbe, it was a chance to choose a new direction. If you're disliking classes like JF/SF physics enough to drop them imo you could safely say that mechanical engineering isn't for you, New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the EngineeringStudents community, Continue browsing in r/EngineeringStudents. I am currently a mechanical engineering student in my second year but things have not been going well. I'm really not very interested in any of the classes quite honestly.. May have failed fluids for the semester too. This sounds like how I felt EXACTLY about MechE. As in, I had finished all of my courses where science, physics, and math concepts are taught. I have motivation, dedication, a drive again. I have never been in love with engineering but I wanted a stable future so I stuck with it. I loved helping my dad work on ACs because it was cool. There's literally nothing I really actually want to study besides acting and singing. It makes me question if I'm in the right major. - Most teachers don't seem to … I'm almost done with my sophomore year, just finished calc 3 and physics 2. I just finished jr year of an engineering degree. The truth is, the phrase "self-employed" is not uttered lightly among our family, while dropping out of college is strictly forbidden. I'm finally happy and have a future I look forward too. As I walked out of final exam this semester I realized that I was 'finished' learning. I just finished my first semester in my new major with all As and Bs. Close. I got my acceptance letter and found out I was even directly admitted into a nursing program at one of the best schools in Indiana. Honestly, it sounds like it may not be the right time for you to be in college. Thinking about dropping out of Mechanical Engineering - need advice. Wondering if dropping out of college is the right thing to do? Not everyone is cut out for engineering. Well, you are NOT alone. I spent a lot of time sorting out my mental health before college and trust me, its worth it. People need to understand that you should be in engineering for the right reasons and just because you switch out doesn't mean you're a failure. I just finished my sophomore year and am going into my junior. This is a place for engineering students of any discipline to discuss study methods, get homework help, get job search advice, and find a compassionate ear when you get a 40% on your midterm after studying all night. EDIT 1: I hope this helps. Maybe you are two years in yet still uncertain about what you want to study. I guess what has been keeping me in is that I want to prove to myself that this is something I can do, instead of it being something I want to do. Not to say those classes aren't hard but you didn't give it a chance really. My professor stepped out to take a phone call and I packed up my stuff and left. Let's get one thing straight. Around 30% of students drop out during their first year and 56% of students drop out by year six. Hell, take a year off. I apologize if this isn't the right place but I really want to talk about it. I have motivation, dedication, a drive again. I feel like among all my engineering friends, none of us actually want to be engineers. That was brave of you, a lot of people aren't able to make a decision like that. I just finished my first semester in my new major with all As and Bs. You are not alone. The tasks were different, but the setting and human exposure was the same. I’m thinking about returning to an engineering career but I didn’t really gain much in the way of transferable skills at Intel and I’m usually getting screened out by HR for entry level engineering jobs because they say I graduated too long ago. This blog reveals what high school students should consider when deciding whether to pursue a major and career in engineering. With so many super successful entrepreneurs (think Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg) having dropped out of college before they get a degree, I can see why you are having these thoughts.. It’s almost always that the students find it easier to leave engineering than to go to engineering. I hope your vocation for stat carries you through the hard work ahead. Thinking about dropping out of Mechanical Engineering - need advice. %30-40 Its not uncommon to see a student taking a class for a second time. 2. :). Dropping out of uni has A LOT of negative stigmas attached to it. My plan is to go back to school (probably for 4 years) and get a degree in something unrelated, but something which I have been interested in as early as I can remember. I stuck with it because it didn't seem practice to switch so late in the game. The institutions we have built to prop us up seem mostly to hold creative and forward thinking people back. Stick it out. I am a nursing school drop-out and I couldn't be happier. My point is, good on you for making a change. Thanks for reading. Your already halfway through the bullshit. I'm glad you found a new major that you actually like! An engineering degree is a very versatile thing to have. It was horrible, and I hated it the majority of the time, thought about quitting daily and had a couple near mental breakdowns. Thinking about dropping a class Had a really rough exam today in one of my engineering classes, which is honestly why I am entertaining the thought. When I broke the news, apart from the immediate surprise, I could sense they were overwhelmingly worried about my decision. What did you change majors into if you don't mind me asking? oh yeah i'm so excited to work on nuts and bolts and bearings and optimize manufacturing processes for the rest of my life like wtf. Because they are meant to. I'm going to agree with the others here that are saying that dropping out is probably a bad idea (for most of the reasons they've mentioned). Maybe you aren’t starting a business. I am taking mechanical courses and project engineering courses which I hope will set me up for sales engineering or something similar where I'm not in an office/lab all day every day. And yes this is the right place for the post. I am taking 15 credits, 3 of them are lab classes, so my schedule seems pretty packed to me. Flickr / Sarah Joy. I was 3 years into a psych degree before I realized that engineering sounded way more interesting. Thinking about dropping out of Mechanical Engineering - need advice. At first glance, dropping out of school is a terrible idea. But I later learned that, that is all I love. Hey everyone, I am currently a mechanical engineering student in my second year but things have not been going well. It’s easier to transfer out … There must be a niche for technically minded statisticians? I loved helping my dad work on ACs because it was cool. Engineering is a tough degree, I have seen quite a few people drop out of CS and EE degrees in the last 4 years. Much like my first degree, ME was the best I could come up with so I stuck it out. I went to the math department and asked them to change me out of engineering and into statistics and drop physics. Long Answer: TBH, i think it all depends on him whether or not engineering will be a nightmare. But at the same time I didn't want a business degree because I wouldn't have felt challenged and would slack off. The study found that only 17 percent of women left engineering because of caregiving reasons, which Fouad said dispels the notion that pregnancy plays a big part in keeping women out. You select engineering as your career. I'm really finding it difficult to decide what to do. I was sitting in physics and I decided I didn't want to do it anymore. Take a semester off. I went to the math department and asked them to change me out of engineering and into statistics and drop physics. thinking of dropping out. Dropping out of college and having debt and no degree and working a job you don't like. I can relate. I never really was engaged except in AP Statistics. “Dropping out of university was the best thing I've ever done, although at the time it felt like the absolute worst,” she says. I have an internship lined up for next summer if I can get my first exam in December which I should be able to because I want to. If you dropped physics then it sounds like you didn't get very far into an engineering degree. Therefore, I'm on the verge of dropping out but, of course, without a degree, there's really not much you can do besides working in a supermarket. They say college is about discovering yourself and I guess I did. 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