5 Encouraging Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Drop Out of University Just Yet

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We’ve all been there!

Everyone who has ever made the decision to study for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree has considered either taking time off, or quitting altogether!

Degrees like biomedical science and medicine suffer from high dropout rates from their cohorts, and this is a problem that universities must handle better.

Maybe it’s the endless hours of revision that students mindlessly endure.

Maybe it’s the lonely late nights spent doing an assignment that you delayed/procrastinated for several weeks because you simply weren’t interested!

It’s often a decision that crosses our minds as a result of acute educational anguish from our workload, leading us to believe simply quitting will get rid of our troubles.

Here are some things you may want to consider before making such a decision.

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5 Encouraging Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Drop Out of University

Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Drop Out

1) You’re delaying the inevitable

Dropping out, as simple as it seems, is essentially a declaration of failure.

This sounds quite dramatic, but often, either the struggles with the university workload or a strong disinterest in their chosen field will lead most students to abandon their course midway through.

If you are truly disinterested in your degree, there is an argument to drop out depending on how far you are along the course.

Typically if you are less than halfway through, this may not be as bad as someone going into their last year and considering quitting!

If however you simply feel out of your depth, you are certainly delaying the inevitable by leaving!

There will be harder parts of your life where it may be easy just to quit and move on to something easier, however, you may be significantly better off by sticking through it!

University is almost like your first lesson in enduring hard times.

If you know how to handle stress and high workloads, you will excel or at least be better conditioned to handle the stresses that everyday life will bring in the future.

On the other hand, dropping out will likely weaken your conditioning, and subconsciously enforce a narrative that glorifies the act of running away from the struggle.

2) you’re potentially moving backwards

University is a gateway to an amazing career, good educational pedigree and a general improvement in quality of life.

There is a dangerous myth that is gaining traction where students are led to believe that going to school might harm your chances at a successful life, or may be pointless.

It is certainly true that many degrees are simply cash-grabbing schemes designed to take advantage of unsuspecting students.

However, for the most part, getting a degree opens you up to opportunities otherwise unattainable by the general population, especially in their early 20s with no experience.

At the very least, a degree will give you a practical lesson in time management and discipline but never harm your chances of success.

There may however be an argument that instead of doing a degree, you could use that time to find work experience and paid roles to boost your real-world skills.

This is a valid point, but you still must understand that any one degree won’t harm your chances of success.

There are definitely other things you can do that will boost career success and longevity,

but typically, starting a degree and deciding to leave mid-way through might be a bad idea, career wise.

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3) Dropping out may be signs of lack of discipline

The one thing university teaches us, if anything, is how to stick to a schedule and do work that you may not want to do.

University is all about doing assignments you may not be interested in, and adhering to deadlines you may not like.

Discipline is therefore at the centre of all higher educational endeavours, and any successful student will possess some amount of self-discipline.

Conversely, students who struggle with university or higher education in general, tend to lack the fundamental discipline required to endure the hardships of their respective courses.

If this is you, you simply need to work on being more disciplined, and this can be achieved by simply following a schedule regardless of how you feel.

Lack of self discipline, coupled with having a short attention span and only wanting to do what you are interested in spells danger for anyone studying at university!

This is because guilty students often confuse their lack of discipline with an incompatibility with their chosen course!

4) Your decision may affect the rest of your life

Even if you decide to drop out, many other things in life such as your job, your relationships and your overall success relies on your self-discipline and your ability to do things you may not enjoy!

Do yourself a favour and start making to-do lists and timetables so you may improve your self-discipline and make it a fundamental part of your character!

The more discipline you have, the less procrastination, and the more you enjoy whatever you are good at!

This will benefit you for the rest of your life, as opposed to harming your future by leading an unstructured lifestyle.

Even if you have to spend an extra year of undergraduate studies learning discipline and procrastinating less, it’s much worth it!

You don’t want to be a 30/40 year old regretting the fact that they didn’t complete their studies in their early 20s all because it was a little bit tough at the time!

It’s alleys better to be safe in the thought that you have a full degree, than to be short in the future that you don’t!

5) Job prospects are always better with degree than without

This may sound like a stretch but with a degree, you are far more likely to land a high paying job than you are without!

University graduates are typically £100,000 more better off than non-graduates over their lifetime, and the top 10% of graduates will gain over £500,000 over their non-graduate counterparts.

While there is no guarantee of every graduate experiencing higher returns, it is definitely something to consider when contemplating dropping out!

You must consider the benefits of dropping out over your entire lifetime, as opposed to simply the next few months or years.

Will you be able to drop out and learn a trade that will benefit you till retirement? If so, that’s fine, but if not, you may be better off finishing your degree and seeing what life brings you.


In summary, life can be fairly complicated, and certainly university life doesn’t make that any easier.

Dropping out is a big commitment and can have lifelong repercussions if done for the wrong motives.

Always weigh your decisions considering the next 10, 20, 30 and 40 years, instead of the next couple of years.

You may be surprised that upon finishing your degree that you once wanted to leave, it ends up opening future doors, and you might end up missing the days of student life.

Leave a comment below if you need any more advice, and if you’ve ever considered dropping out before!

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