This is not a dilemma I ever thought I would be in. Let me just start off by saying that I do not define myself as a quitter. I’m trying to make the best decision for my time and resources and future. I’m trying to decide whether or not I should continue with my schooling.
I already have my bachelor’s degree, but I started taking classes at the local community college last fall. Why? Well, frankly put, I was bored. I was trapped in a dead-end job, looking for an escape. I enrolled in a class, just to see if I would like it, just to have a creative outlet, just to feel like I was still moving towards something instead of treading water.
It was okay. I learned some stuff. I met a great friend. We enrolled in a few more classes this semester, and I decided to work towards a certificate. I needed to have a practical reason to be taking all of these classes and spending all of this time and money. If it counted towards a future, then it made sense. And it sounded good when people were asking me what I was doing lately.
I have a 4.0 GPA. I’m getting approximately 110% in all of my classes (and that’s not too much of an exaggeration). I’m not trying or valuing it very much because the classes are so easy for me. And sometimes, frustratingly, they are more about jumping through the correct hoops than learning–for example, I get marked off for participating in an online discussion only two days a week instead of three. Never mind the fact that that discounts the quality of the content I’m posting. It has nothing to do with whether or not I’m learning the information or adding worthwhile thoughts to the discussion. The professor simply decided that I wasn’t going to have enough time for the class, according to her own perceptions about time management, so I get marked off–this really bothers me…can you tell?
On the other hand, it’s valuable stuff to be learning. It’s going to be useful someday, probably. And identifying myself as a student is comfortable to me. But I’m still bored. It’s not the creative release I thought it would be. I don’t see myself necessarily working in this field someday. I spend a lot of time being frustrated with it.
So I’m four classes into the degree program and six away from finishing, so now is the time to decide. Is an extra line on my resume worth sticking it out? I have to choose between a potential use for it in the future (and there has been a lot of debate about whether going to college is even worth it anymore when so many college grads are working at jobs where college degrees are unnecessary) or being labeled a “quitter” (but saving myself time, money, and frustration).
Is it worth holding onto my identity as a student because of its comfortable familiarity and despite its frustrations?
I think I know which way I’m leaning, but what do you all think I should do?