Wow, this one hits home.See, I took a particularly strenuous course of study through high school, which led to some major panic attacks and school related anxiety that only mostly cleared up after my final exams.
That being said, I didn’t prepare myself for college while in high school and wasn’t too keen on the idea once I graduated. I took a year at a community college to finish up my Gen Eds before heading to University, but my heart wasn’t in it and I actually failed an interesting class with an engaging professor because I stopped caring enough to do the homework or even show up.
Following that experience, I decided it would be best to take break from learning altogether, in an attempt to rediscover why I was doing this whole college thing in the first place.
A whole year has not yet passed, but I am starting to remember what I like to learn about. There are two things I have wanted to do my entire life: work with animals, and work in the Theatre. One of those things requires a college degree, the other values experience in the field over book learning. I am (eventually) going to look into universities that are nearby where I live that offer degrees in Biology, and I am hoping to enroll by the start of the next school year. This is a major change from the last time I had to think about college, as I was dragged into the entire thing kicking and screaming. This time, I’m doing this because I want to, not because of anyone else’s expectations. I’m doing this because I think I will enjoy the experience and benefit from it in the (Hopefully not too distant) future, not because I’m “College Material”.
My advice to you, dear reader, is to always examine your motivations. Doing something to fulfil your wallet, your resume, or even your transcripts might seem like a good idea, but it will burn you out. If you must do something of that nature, keep in mind that it is merely a stepping stone. It will pass. It might pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass.