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A former student from the University of Sussex, who chose to remain anonymous, found university lifestyle too much.“Moving away from my support network to live with a bunch of strangers and be immersed in a completely different lifestyle was a strain.I’d suffered with social anxiety issues throughout my life and found the change too hard to handle.“I was afraid of being labelled a failure as my dad had always wanted me to go to university.“I don’t regret leaving, because I opened my own business, although I do still think about going back into education, because employers rely heavily on a degree.”Aaron Gardner, an International Development student at the University of East Anglia also realised quickly he had opted to study the wrong course.“I stated my first year studying Computer Science, but soon dropped out after the course wasn’t what I expected – there was no way I could have done it for the full three years.I didn’t find the decision very difficult, and I reapplied the following year for a different course.
Despite it being too soon to analyse the effect of raised fees fully, the statistics point to a noticeable impact on applicants.
The pressures Practicalities associated with university lifestyle may push students away from remaining in education, but it is often emotional and psychological issues that sees student struggle.
Toby Collier, a student of the University of Warwick, experienced difficulties after he began his course.“I suffered from depression on and off throughout my teenage years.
You’ll hear it a million times before you go, while you’re there, and after you leave: university will be the best three years of your life. Starting a new life away from home brings a wealth of potential problems in tow, ranging from finances to the social aspect and even the pressures of having to partake in self-motivated study.
In 2011 a whopping 31,755 of us dropped out of university, up 13 per cent on the previous year, according to data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, with experts predicting that this figure is likely to rise with the cap on tuition fees.