Dropping out of college can be one of the hardest decisions a young adult can make. If you’re a young adult who is considering dropping out of college or you’re a parent of a young adult grappling with this decision, we’d like to share some thoughts and offer some ideas for alternatives before you make the decision to leave school.
Dropping out of college: What’s next? You have optionsNovember 7, 2018
Am I alone? How common is dropping out of school?
Dropping out of school is more common that you probably think. The pervasive idea within today’s society is that everyone goes to college and finishes within 4 or 5 years. However, in reality, most students who enter a 4 year college or university do not finish within 6 years. In fact, 60 percent of students who begin school do not complete their Bachelor’s degree.
Interestingly, it seems that socioeconomics don’t play that big of a role in determining whether or not young adults drop out of school. In middle and upper class families, 50 percent of young adults who enter a 4 year university don’t complete their Bachelor’s degree in 6 years.
Why do such a high percentage of young adults drop out of college?
The most obvious reason is cost. More and more young adults are dropping out of school because they can’t pay for it. Although cost may be one reason, it’s not the only one. Many young adults feel unprepared for the academic work and stress involved in completing a degree. Balancing rigorous school work with maintaining social relationships can become too much.
Many young adults today get into a college because of their test scores in high school. However, upon entering school, they find that they are lacking the background knowledge or study skills to be successful in their first semesters of school. That can be a devastating blow to a young adult’s self confidence. It can lead to failing courses, withdrawing from courses or ultimately deciding to leave college altogether.
What resources do colleges provide to prevent dropping out?
Nowadays, with the increase in student dropouts, colleges have proactively created resources and programming to help students identify academic issues they may be having. For example, some colleges now have required orientation classes that help students identify study skill gaps. Other colleges have supplemental instruction courses where students can receive tutoring from fellow students.
In addition to academic support services, many colleges are now ramping up the assistance that their counseling centers are providing. For students feeling emotionally distressed and lost, many college counseling centers now have more individual and group therapy sessions to help students cope with the stressors of college.Unfortunately, college counseling centers and academic support services do not always work for some students.
So what happens if you’ve tried all of the resources your college provides and nothing is working? Sometimes taking a leave of absence might be the best option.
Why choose a leave of absence over dropping out altogether?
If you or your child is struggling with their college experience and considering dropping out, you may want to consider taking a leave of absence as an option. Speak with the counseling center or dean of students about this process and what it entails for your school. Taking a leave of absence provides the breathing room young adults may need without dropping out altogether. It gives you a chance to identify what’s causing issues and provides some time to address these issues. During this time, you have more time to decide what you want to do with your school career and your future. Many colleges provide steps to re-enroll if you decide to return after your leave of absence.
If I drop out of college, what are my options?
After leaving school, whether through taking a leave of absence or dropping out altogether, you may be wondering – what’s next? What are my options after dropping out of college? If you’re struggling to succeed in school because you’re working through emotional challenges that have led to academic disappointments, a program like Trails Momentum might be a good fit for you.
At Trails Momentum, young adults can develop the maturity, confidence, and self regulation to take on young adulthood feeling prepared for success.
If you’re feeling dejected and lost after dropping out, it can be easy to fall into a negative cycle that involves a ton of Netflix and video games and not a lot of productive growth.
At Trails Momentum, young adults have the opportunity to build the skills they need to move forward in life, whether that be by going back to college or entering a career. We provide the chance for students to earn college credit while they are at the program. Students build connections with their peers and push themselves outside of their comfort zones by taking part in outdoor adventure activities.
Learn more about Trails Momentum’s options for college dropouts by calling (877) 296-8711.