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Old 03-15-2011, 01:35 PM   #1
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Default Should I take a year off of college?

I am almost half way through college and I am realizing that it might be a good idea to take a year off school. I am not really making friends at my school now. I have been very depressed and not like myself. I am pretty sure that is because of the fact I am overweight and I have PCOS. My health is really affecting everything else. I have become anti-social and my grades are really suffering. I have tried to lose weight before but every time I do I just gain it back when I get to school. I know I am going to have to do this sometime. My best friend is pushing away from me because she thinks I am going to die because of my weight. I am thinking about taking a year off to lose the hundred pounds I need to lose then come back and go to school. I want to come back to my current college after I take off a year. I know that there is a concern that I will have to start all over when I get back and there is a chance that I would never go back. I don't know what will happen but I am in love with photography and I know that in order to do fine art photography I am going to need training. Right now I do have the drive and passion to go back to school when the year is up.
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Old 03-15-2011, 02:17 PM   #2
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ekeady--i only had two semesters left to graduate and decided to take a semester off because of anxiety and family stuff that was going on at the time. this was before i knew i had PCOS. there are times when it is good to take a break from school. this sounds like the time for you. i was 100% sure i would go back to school the next semester (spring), so it was just a temporary break. i took summer classes the summer before my break so i was really only out of school for 4 months. maybe if you see how this summer and fall go, you will be ready to get back into class in the spring. definitely work on getting the weight off, i think that would help you emotionally but don't cut yourself off from society!!! good luck!
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Old 03-15-2011, 03:29 PM   #3
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Health issues are really hard to deal with while you're in school. I agree with Praises don't get urself off! Maybe take part time classes and have some more time to focus on yourself. But have a plan ie workout plan, see a nutritionist with frequent follow ups but don't stop school as it's really hard to get back into the swing of things. You need something to take ur mind off ur health issues and somewhere to focus your energy. Last year was really hard for me as depression took over my life. Since I work for myself it was so easy for me to stay in bed and only get up or go out when I absolutely needed too. Looking back I realized that if I worked somewhere full time I probably wouldn't have wasted a year of my life. My career really suffered but I was able to keep things on track with my family and DH because they are so supportive and I didn't want them to see me so unhappy. U seems to have a great bff so maybe ask him/her to help you work out, keep ur food diaries and keep yourself busy so u don't feel so down. Take it a day at a time and try to get daily goals for yourself. Write them down and try your best to get them done....the sense of accomplishment will really help you feel better and u will accomplish a lot more than you think u are when you look back on your week/ month. Good luck and make sure you see a good doctor about ur PCOS symptoms.
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:19 PM   #4
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I would say do know more than a light schedule! Don't quit though!!!
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Old 03-16-2011, 10:35 AM   #5
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ekeady-
Are you able to take any online courses? That would be a good way to stay in the swing of things with school but at your own pace while being able to focus on your health. Also, I don't know how your financial situation works or if you have any financial aid but if you take a year off of school or drop below full time, I know that my financial aid required that I start paying for my tuition loan right away. Something to look into but I wish you the best of luck!
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Old 03-27-2011, 01:44 PM   #6
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i'm with pipergirl! I think there is a happy-medium you can work out...hold in there and do what makes you happy! Life is too short
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Old 04-02-2011, 08:51 AM   #7
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i'm with pipergirl! I think there is a happy-medium you can work out...hold in there and do what makes you happy! Life is too short
I too agree with it and strongly recommend above advice..
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:51 PM   #8
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I am sorry to hear you are having a hard time lately. I would just like to say that I know how you feel. I am in a state away from friends and family for school and of course overweight and PCOS story...but It is very important not to let PCOS take over the productive areas of your life.

Stay in school and push through it. I too am about half way...I have finished the AA and I am working on undergraduate work for my BA and I just want to tell you I have heard the first half is the hardest and so the hardest part for you is over. : )

Hang in there and we are all here to support you-Good luck!
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:51 AM   #9
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I was in school for the first time a few years ago. I know you need to think about it very hard. I decided it was best to take a leave and do what I needed to get myself in a better place. It was probably the best thing that I could have done for myself. I'm currently re-enrolled in school and its much easier to be up on my classes and stay focused without losing track of my classes.
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