Dropping out of college?

 Kristen Ocean (@kristenocean)4 years, 10 months ago

I was in my about halfway done with college, and I just recently dropped out. I am still considering coming back, but I’m just having such a hard time devoted so much of my time and energy into just what feels like meaning memorization and regurgitating. It just felt to me like everybody couldn’t stop talking about people and events, it felt so shallow. I couldn’t talk to anybody about real topics such as consciousness, spirituality, philosophy etc… Was dropping out the right idea? I just literally can’t imagine spending more time and money on what feels so meaningless and shallow. Thoughts?

November 1, 2016 at 6:35 pm
Carl Knutson (1) (@Carl-Knutson) 4 years, 10 months ago ago

Yes! I made an account just to reply to your message that I saw randomly on the side bar; mainly just to say I agree entirely with you. I just dropped out of college too (last week actually), being a Senior I still have a little ways to go eitherway. I’m also undecided whether or not I’ll go back. I always had this greater, maybe dramaticized, perspective on university. Thought it was this WONDERFUL place of learning and a nexus of avenues of mind opening and exploring. Nope. Rather soon I discovered it’s more of a gauntlet like structure- masked as education- to condition us for the work force. I couldn’t handle it any longer, the only thing keeping me bonded to school for so long were my friends and companions but I gradually made the realization that all they had to talk about were, like you said, people, events and most of all the main topic of their conversation was always the repeatative ramble of schooooooooool… I feel rather confident that dropping out was the right idea for me at least. The whole bit about people being shallow conversationalists could maybe be just the region the school’s in and what kind of people go there… but that doesnt excuse the pointless memorization and regurgitation. The conclusion I’m coming to is that college is waging a war on our childlike imagination and creativiy. Society forces us to go through education for our entire developing lives and just as you come to your peak in human experience they deem that it is responsible for you to go to college wear you waste away the best and most crucial years of your life learning how to memorize and regurgitate so you know better how to follow someone else’s rules.        Well those are my thoughts at least… I see that college benifits some people in society but i think there’s those of us also who don’t need it, and i dont believe its right that we should be forced into the same lot as the others. Some of us are more spiritual and maybe just more curious about our human situation than others, and why should that be frowned upon

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Kristen Ocean (1) (@kristenocean) 4 years, 10 months ago ago

Totally agree, and it’s very encouraging to know that someone else shares this perspective on college. As I explained to my parents and some friends, their initial response was: “So you think you’re too good for school? You’re above it?” That was frustrating to hear. While at the same time there was a gross hint of truth to it I felt – I make a strong effort to become very in touch with my spirituality and I devote a lot of time to reading and writing philosophy. But I feel like I do all of those practices alone. I write about philosophy because I have nobody to talk about it with. And it could, sure, just be my specific college or region, but I just would hae so many years ahead of me in college, I only see myself going crazy and feeling like a sell out.. the only way I see myself graduating would be if I’m just trying to please my friends, family, and professors. I don’t know. Thanks again so much for your reply!!

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Carl Knutson (1) (@Carl-Knutson) 4 years, 10 months ago ago

Hey you’re tearing the words straight out of my head; especially the last part. Maybe I’m a bit ahead of you in college and I can say without a doubt that I felt like I was going crazy and selling myself out, because nothing I have an inner desire to do in life aligns with anything college can offer me. Through my spiritual practices I came to the conclusion that the reason I was going crazy was because I wasn’t pursuing what I came to earth in this life to do. I totally agree with you on that other point too- I always felt a large pressure on myself to stay in school but eventually realized, through a dream, that the only reason I had this pressure on myself was caused by the subconscious strain my family and friends put on me.

I gotta say also that I’m in the same boat. I do all my writing, studying and spirituality alone since no one around me could handle it. I’ve gotten used to that fact though and it scares me sometimes how different I am (act) around other people compared to who I am alone; and it sucks! The person, and I’m sure you as well, are striving to really become are amazing, beautiful, bright and shining souls that have a lot of love to bring into the world through our giftful abilities, but the people around us deny that we have them because they are indeed afraid that we may be ‘better’ than them, and with how used to competition our capitalist society is, that truthfully scares them! You can’t be brought down based on someone else’s misgivings or fear. Fear to people like us is a laughable concept and all you need to do is let your smile shine away the darkness that fear brings!

Please don’t think I’m lecturing or talking down to you, I’d just like to share a few things that have helped me stay straight – and I’m sure you have many things that can help me too – because you are certainly on a difficult path as well, and I know how hard it can be to sail into the unknown. And if you’d ever like to talk philosophy or rant out your philosophical outlook on life on a given day, I’d love to hear it :)

And lastly, let me share with you one of the greatest pieces of advice I’ve ever heard and it helps me tremendously: “Your purpose/passion in life is known when you have more energy after you have done it than you did before!” Through the act of you doing it you literally create more energy within you because it excites and drives you!

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Kristen Ocean (1) (@kristenocean) 4 years, 10 months ago ago

Wow, I’m shocked and thrilled that someone has such similar opinions to me regarding this topic and has had such a similar experience.

I was in my fourth year of college. I’ve always done great in school, and have been a straight A student my whole academic life. I’ve been passionate and curious about everything I’ve studied in school, and it lead me to change my major several times in college, hence why I’m in my “senior” year and only halway done. I’ve been most recently declared as an art major, focusing on graphic design. I work at the art department and am very involved and love all of my professors and feel like they teach me real-life, applicable knowledge. 

So that’s part of the strangest thing for me – even inside the education system I found something that felt satisfying. But this past year as I’ve gone more and more in depth with my personal spiritual and philosophy focus, I simply don’t feel like I’ve been able to devote any time or focus toward my schoolwork. And I think you hit it right on the head there when you say that you act differently around people than you do when you’re alone. I feel like I can “function” around others, it’s not that I have poor social skills. I’ve just recognized that they have become skills, and not simply actions. I literally watch myself dumb myself down to interact with those around me, but I see this being the only way to exist as a human.

I had one particular day where I was sitting in my Religion and Rationality course, which is a class that contrasts the sacred and the secular through the scopes of philosophy. We had a lot of debate on materialism vs. dualism, naturalism.. and once I grasped these concepts I felt as if my consciousness shifted. In class I would be sitting there listening to the lectures, and my body would literally be vibrating. I felt my vibrations raise, I felt light and numb and I felt as if I transcended my sensory experience. However, the day that this happened was the day I decided to drop out of college. I felt so beyond it all that I couldn’t function as a student anymore.

But yes — lets chat soon. This has been very helpful and enlightening and I really am appreciating your feedback :)

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Carl Knutson (1) (@Carl-Knutson) 4 years, 10 months ago ago

Ah okay, I had you figured to be a sophmore or a Junior since you said you had half your schooling left. Since you’re a Senior too you’re actually exactly where I am as well. I had about half my schooling left too. Thats cool that you were going for graphic design, I was considering going back to school for animation, so artsy as well haha.

I felt the same way, and you said it so well how interacting with peers has become more about using skills than actually being fluid with them. Most people, it’s hard to resonante with because I have to lower my vibration just to feel and connect with them, maybe this is whatyou’re experiencing too. Once we become more intouch with our abilities, I believe- I dont know yet- that we can consciously lower and raise our vibration at will inorder to be fluid in all aspects of life.

It sounds like you are well on your path of spirituality if you are starting to feel yourself vibrate. That’s excellent! Your physical body is evolving, in a sense, in order to attune and become one with your higher self. When this happens you get glimpses, or guidance rather, of how your higher self would live and they come as intuitive thoughts or feelings. The important thing is to allow them to come through and not let your ego mind confuse you or shadow your intuition- this is my biggest stuggle rightn now and it makes it really difficult to figure what I want to do with my life. You probably aleady do, but meditation is the best key to figuring yourself out.

Yeah definitely, I’m open to talk about anything. There’s nothing in this universe that I don’t find interesting since we are all one with it, and if I didn’t, that’s like saying that I’m not interested in myself hahaha!

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Antares Avi (3) (@aviastro) 4 years, 10 months ago ago

Hey Kristen and Carl!

I just gotta reply to this thread! First of all, I am somewhat relieved that I found people that are experiencing the same things I am experiencing right now. As of today, I am also in my senior year in college and still have some halfway to go. All the things u guys discussed already, I felt and experienced them too. Dropout is clearly the option I am considering right now. But don’t get me wrong, I love studying and writing especially about spirituality, and I have made it my mission to help others that are also on their own path to enlightment. I want to focus and work on something that ‘matters’. I don’t want to waste my time studying for something I don’t really like and have to pretend to like it..

The thing most bothering me is, I come from a financially unstable family and living in a third world country (Indonesia), one of the things you can do to lift your family out of poverty is by getting a formal education and then find work. My mother has this dream of me being the first one in the family to graduate from university and to provide for the family. It will definitely shook her, if I were to go for my own will rather than fulfill her dreams. But, I consider myself not material-oriented and I don’t need those luxuries money can buy. All I want to do is travel, study and practice spirituality spreading light and love to people. I want to live an adventurous life worth living. Am I selfish for wanting that? 

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karcargil (0) (@Kayyyceee) 4 years, 10 months ago ago

There was a time when I didn’d really understand why people dropped out of college, until I became a part of it I undersood. Its just so much work that goes into convincing someone you are smart enough, but then you explore a side of yourself that you never thought you’d find and as much as you’d love to share that with the rest… its not what they really wanna hear, and at that moment you let go of everyhing holding you to the idea of  not dropping out, all you want is to explore more of yourself. 

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Olivia (1) (@stream26) 4 years, 9 months ago ago

I would have strongly urged you to set up a plan before quitting. Giving in to an impulse to just quit, with no notice, makes me wonder if there’s something else going on. Have you been screened for depression or something else that could be under the surface?  .I would recommend you to write possible options  your solution like https://essmart.org/comparative-essay/ Yeah, maybe studing was the problem. But I think you’d have been better served with a more rational approach to your career change. You’ve invested a lot in college, and you might have been able to turn it in a direction that you found gratifying 

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