Okay, the board ate my post the first two times I tried to reply, so we'll try again and hope I remembered everything I was going to say:
Meverix wrote:Well, I'm in 6th Form now. For those who don't know, that's like a cheap imitation of College or something…
Sounds like it’s not.
I'm thinking of quitting, but apparently that brings with it an entirely new set of problems.
The reasons I want to quit are basically because I'm totally uninterested, unhappy, under-stimulated and I feel like the whole things dragging me down.
Oh noes! You’re sixteen and you’re bored and unhappy at school! No really, your situation is unique, heaven knows, everyone else who has stuck it out and graduated high school or college, did it because they loved learning!
I've started skipping a LOT of my lessons (having already dropped one earlier in the year).
Yeah, that’s really rare. Never heard of students doing that before.
It also conflicts a lot with my very 'off' sleeping patterns, finding myself only tired around the time I have to get ready (prompting my skipping lessons).
Again, really rare and unusual problem there. Never known anyone to skip class because they overslept or were too tired, nor anyone who has fallen asleep in class.
You’re a teenager, constant fatigue, insomnia, and erratic sleep patterns are part of the gig. And, speaking as someone who is still an insomniac, suck it up. Like it or not, the rest of the world doesn’t accommodate our sleeping patterns, so you’re going to have to change your pattern, or just get used to it.
If I have to be honest, I only opted for 6th Form to have some kind of social environment in which to work. I don't see my friends often, and I rarely leave the house for anything (then again, I leave my bedroom even less so).
In spite of what they may have told you when you were 13 or 14, school isn’t about socializing or building relationships – its about building an education so that you have, or people think you have, the basic tools in life to be successful. Go to class, study, and graduate. During the rest of the time, when you aren’t sleeping, get your butt out of your bedroom and go socialize then
. Work hard, play hard, best advice I got from a professor my Freshman year.
Now, the complications. I told my mother this, and within a second she was screaming and shouting that this was no way to make her proud and that if I did, I'd be shipped off to my Dad's (from Bristol to Kent). Meaning no social interaction whatsoever (trust me, where he lives, I wouldn't WANT to know anybody). All of my friends would be very far behind, and I'm far from interested in starting another life altogether just yet (I'm 16 for christ sake).
Sounds like you have a lot of good reasons to stay in school.
My Mum's suggesting I get into some form of employment, a full-time job (if I'm not going to go to school). This is difficult, because a life behind the tills is no better than behind a desk, frankly.
No, it’s a pretty easy decision. Life
behind the “tills” versus a few years
behind a desk.
I'm already depressed enough that my life is pretty directionless at the moment.
Again, not unusual or rare. You’re a teenager, puberty and indecision go hand and hand. You’ll be fickle, inconsistent, unsure, and moody for years. Parents and faculty are foolish to expect you to plan your life in such a state, but it’s even more foolish for you to quit school because, at the moment, you don’t feel like it. At some point down the road, you’ll regret it, and the further down the road that is, the fewer chances you’ll have to amend your mistake.
Get your education now, while your parents are still paying, and then you can use it or not, whatever you feel like. If you don’t get your education now, your options are narrowed down to the latter. When you’re lost, just keep going in the same straight line you’ve been following, you’re bound to hit something sooner or later.
And hey, you want to talk depressed because of directionlessness? I just got married last December, she’s got her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, and I’m getting my second degree this May. Sounds good right? After months of looking with her $25K degree, she still can’t find a job, and I just got declined for graduate school. I only got enough scholarships to cover my tuition this semester, so, without an income, we don’t even really have a way to pay April’s rent, let alone May’s. To top it off, in my last semester, it looks like I may get a crappy grade in one of my psych classes, blowing my 4.0 subject GPA and one of my letters of recommendation (the most important at that), so my chances of getting into grad school next time I apply may be slimmer. To top it all off, I seem to be in a serious depressive-swing.
And yet I haven’t dropped out or attempted to commit suicide-by-cop by covering my self in powdered sugar and threatening to detonate anthrax bombs hidden across campus (poor guy). Why? Because I know from experience that I’m not in any condition to make such major decisions right now. Better to just stay the course, get my psych degree, and trust that things (my mood if nothing else) will change.
I am getting paid to draw up some CD Covers for a musician, and this is my only form of income (though we haven't quite worked out the full deal yet, many things are still in the works, so, no money yet).
Then you’re ahead of a lot of us right now. Be thankful. Get the cash, and go have fun while your parents are still feeding you.
I'm stuck. I know I should probably find some fulltime job that's at least rewarding in more than just wages, but it's difficult to find work in artistry/writing where I am.
Well, you’ll have a lot more options finding a rewarding job if you have an education, and even if you can’t find a rewarding 9 to 5 career, you can find a career that pays well enough to make your life from 5 to 9 rewarding.
Just had to rant *yawn*.
And I’m sorry that I didn’t just let you vent. Those that remember another thread that you started will think I’m being hypocritical by voicing my opinion so aggressively, but frankly this is a much bigger issue than being pissed off at some guy who taunts you online.
If you don’t believe anything else I’m saying, then believe this:
Important Life Lesson: Never make major life-altering decisions when you’re manic, depressed, drunk, or horny.