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im in my 2nd year of an undergraduate medical program and im just not good enough against my peers to make it into med school or nursing (insanely competitive). if i complete this degree i wont be able to do anything with it and ill be in some serious debt over it. so i just gotta minimize my losses for now.

anybody else drop out? or are you someone who seriously frowns upon people who do that? im really nervous about the stigma actually...
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you dropped out due to financial pressure and the fact that you can admit that maybe you aren't cut out for medicine in todays world

who cares what people think? that stigma is better than debt
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What about a job as ambulance personel (yeah no idea what the English word for it is). Always looked like an interesting job to me.
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why not switch majors

the only interest i ever had is in medicine. plus theres not much i could do with a BSc that wouldn't require a bunch of extra schooling, usually all the way up to Ph. D. it would just be a lot of work for something my heart isn't in

but theres another school that offers a medical lab tech program in 2017 and im just gunna earn some money until i can enter that. so i guess thats almost the same thing as switching majors.... just with a 1.5 year delay in the middle
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What about a job as ambulance personel (yeah no idea what the English word for it is). Always looked like an interesting job to me.

oh like a paramedic? i never thought of that, thanks for the idea its another option for sure
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I dropped out after 4 years

Do whatever you think is right, but just understand that the debt is there and weigh that against your choice. I don't regret dropping out in the slightest, I think it was the best thing for me at that moment. The debt is an unfortunate side effect though
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the only interest i ever had is in medicine. plus theres not much i could do with a BSc that wouldn't require a bunch of extra schooling, usually all the way up to Ph. D. it would just be a lot of work for something my heart isn't in

but theres another school that offers a medical lab tech program in 2017 and im just gunna earn some money until i can enter that. so i guess thats almost the same thing as switching majors.... just with a 1.5 year delay in the middle

that's 1.5 years you could be using to stand on a street corner making people happy for money...

with a guitar of course.
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#9
I once used a parachute to drop out of a plane that was going down.

so yeah, I guess I'm also a Drop out.
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I dropped out after 4 years
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I think it was the best thing for me at that moment. The debt is an unfortunate side effect though

yeah. im already 25k in the hole and i dont wanna be double that and ending up in a job that can hardly pay it off. what did you decide to do once you dropped out?

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that's 1.5 years you could be using to stand on a street corner making people happy for money...

with a guitar of course.


i am a terrible guitarist but maybe during those 1.5 years i'll hone my skills. thanks for the tip though
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yeah. im already 25k in the hole and i dont wanna be double that and ending up in a job that can hardly pay it off. what did you decide to do once you dropped out?

See your other thread about jobs lol. I work on slot machines at a casino.

It seemed logical to me as that sort of thing is in my interest, and the hierarchy of a casino allows a lot of move-up.
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oh like a paramedic? i never thought of that, thanks for the idea its another option for sure

Thats a great option with your background.
I've had some minimal training (part of my training when I worked at a prison).
It can get pretty intense.
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Just quit, it's got to be really hard. Look at it this way, you're working your butt off and paying for it ,to acquire the skills needed to make really rich people a lot richer. They should pay you for going to medical school that way there'd be more doctors.

Take the next year or two and learn everything you can about survival in the wild and live off the grid. I think about doing that if I was young again. There's a lot of wide-open spaces in Canada.
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I'm pre-med, and I'm thinking about giving up trying to get certification. The courses are pretty boring. I'm not dropping out, but I'm a bit mad that I ended up taking those courses, it could have at least went to something more interesting.
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I've got 2 weeks left in this semester and I'm so done already. just give me my passing grades and let me transfer already

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#17
I had to withdraw from a basic class today cause I'm stupid. probably just get my associates and fuck off tbh.

on topic: sounds like you're making the right choice. no use prolonging the inevitable and you at least seem to have a sense that there's something else you can do.
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yup, dropout.

technically on a 5 year ongoing medical leave.
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I'm pre-med, and I'm thinking about giving up trying to get certification. The courses are pretty boring. I'm not dropping out, but I'm a bit mad that I ended up taking those courses, it could have at least went to something more interesting.

what year are you in? first year is all introductory and boring. its just to give everyone an even foundation of knowledge before they step it up to the real content. second year is when they start to get into the nitty gritty like immunology, virology, genetics, physiology and all that stuff.
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what year are you in? first year is all introductory and boring. its just to give everyone an even foundation of knowledge before they step it up to the real content. second year is when they start to get into the nitty gritty like immunology, virology, genetics, physiology and all that stuff.

I'm in my third year, but I'm actually a psych major. I've only just scratched the surface, but what I don't like about it is that it's a lot of memorisation and not much else. My least favourite kind of courses are the ones that ask you to read from a textbook and answer multiple choice/matching questions in several exams based on what you remember. Shit's a snooze fest.
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I had to withdraw from a basic class today cause I'm stupid. probably just get my associates and fuck off tbh.

hey man dont discount yourself!!! i've already re-done 2 basic courses. intelligence isnt all you need to succeed. theres a lot of other things necessary like dedication and passion and interest and work ethic and mind sets... i didnt have the right combination of all that and now i gotta pack it up and drop out. its not a stupidity issue. chin up plus, withdrawing from a course saves your GPA. do what you gotta do

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what I don't like about it is that it's a lot of memorisation and not much else. My least favourite kind of courses are the ones that ask you to read from a textbook and answer multiple choice/matching questions in several exams based on what you remember.

AGREED. im totally a problem solver and i absolutely do not thrive off memorization. conceptual knowledge is a must have obviously but im happiest when i can apply it instead of recite/recall.
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yeah i've taken 3 semesters of college and never really liked any of it. well when i was in college i did all the assignments and classes with joy but only because that is the way i felt i should look at it. now that i'm not in college i see that i prefer to not be in college.

but how do you not have anything available with a med degree?
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but how do you not have anything available with a med degree?

a bachelor of medical science is only a stepping stone in a medical student's path. its an undergraduate degree designed to specifically prepare you for med school, dentistry, veterinary studies, or whatever specialty college you want. theyre all really competitive though, with about 87% rejection rates. so even though i was competitive enough to get accepted into the undergrad medical program, theres no way i stand a chance among my classmates for the continuation. you basically need to be the best of the best, and im like, among the worst out of everyone in the medical program. so theres no way im gunna make it further than undergrad.

TL;DR-- the program was never designed to stand on its own, and im not good enough to make anything out of it. nobody wants a doctor who got B's

glad to hear you made the right choice by the way
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AGREED. im totally a problem solver and i absolutely do not thrive off memorization. conceptual knowledge is a must have obviously but im happiest when i can apply it instead of recite/recall.

Yeah. I guess I shouldn't have made that career choice because I thought the premise of House M.D. was really cool. Being a diagnostician is certainly problem solving, but you need to do more than a decade's worth of memorising a million and one things before they let you practice.
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No, even at my moments of biggest frustration with school, dropping out didn't cross my mind.
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Yeah. I guess I shouldn't have made that career choice because I thought the premise of House M.D. was really cool. Being a diagnostician is certainly problem solving, but you need to do more than a decade's worth of memorising a million and one things before they let you practice.


what is it with people getting into their majors because of tv shows. my gf got her degree in chem because of breaking bad

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You don't need a college degree, but you do need work ethics and some native intelligence which a lot of people lack. If you have those, you can make decent money no matter what, and you let your money do the talking.

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#30
Don't quit you bum. Sure, its sunk cost, but you have to think that you could do pharm tech or something else? You're just gonna regret it like most people that drop out
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Don't quit you bum. Sure, its sunk cost, but you have to think that you could do pharm tech or something else? You're just gonna regret it like most people that drop out


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#32
Yeah, why are you waiting a year and a half for your new thing? That's just wasted time. Why not stay in your current program and apply for a transfer?
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Don't quit you bum. Sure, its sunk cost, but you have to think that you could do pharm tech or something else? You're just gonna regret it like most people that drop out

the program i intend to take in 2017 has higher prospects, is more relevant to my interests, and gets me a ~20-25k higher salary. besides, thats still gunna require me to drop out of university and take community college. so i may as well take the other program. i think we're on the same train of thought though so i hear ya
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Yeah, why are you waiting a year and a half for your new thing? That's just wasted time. Why not stay in your current program and apply for a transfer?

the program i want is at a different school. cant transfer over because it just isnt available until 2017. dont wanna really waste my time though, but i dont want to waste my money on things that kill time either.
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Don't quit you bum. Sure, its sunk cost, but you have to think that you could do pharm tech or something else? You're just gonna regret it like most people that drop out

The alternative is for OP to continue with his or her degree and not enjoy it, i.e. still regret it but also continue to pile on even more debt, inevitably leading to more regret.
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what is it with people getting into their majors because of tv shows. my gf got her degree in chem because of breaking bad

NGL, Criminal Minds had a lot to do with having me choose psychology. I mean, most of it's pop psychology bullshit, but abnormal psychology has really interesting to me.

It's actually misleading to say these shows made me choose those career paths. These things have always intrigued me, but they sort of exacerbated the interests and made certain aspects of related sciences interesting to me. For example, watching House, M.D. made me realise that medicine is a field that is so vast that there's room for improvement well beyond attainable for a human being, so I'd never feel stagnant until I've reached my peak, and I want a career where mastery isn't really possible.

TL;DR - As for your girlfriend or other people, I'm guessing popular media's a good gateway to academic interests.
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#36
See I'm the reverse. I almost ditched poli sci because The West Wing was so bad.
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See I'm the reverse. I almost ditched poli sci because The West Wing was so bad.

I thought you did ditch poli sci.

And let's be real, Criminal Minds and House, M.D. pretty much sucked after season 3 because they got too repetitive and bland.
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See I'm the reverse. I almost ditched poli sci because The West Wing was so bad.

hmm well thank goodness I didn't watch mr robot earlier

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hmm well thank goodness I didn't watch mr robot earlier

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Fucking script kiddies, SMH.
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Fucking script kiddies, SMH.

oh gosh i always thought it was "script kitties"
good show though. i read about one hacker who was inspired by it
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