What to do? :(

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    So, I was out of high school for two years(I am 20 years old now, turning 21 in January) because I didn't know what to do with my life. I decided to enroll in nursing school and here I am, in my first semester. I feel like it's too much, I can't handle it anymore. I want to switch my program but my parents will get mad because I already wasted 2 years and now another. What should I do? If I do drop it my courses, it'll say F on my academic record. I just can't take it anymore. My parents don't know yet.

    Any advice?

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    First, you are an adult. THis is your life and not your parents. I know it is hard to feel like you will disappoint your parents, but at the end of the day, you have to do whats right for you. You can continue on and either waste money and/or fail out. Or you can drop and switch programs to something that seems more right for you. Second, you should have done your research. Nursing is not for everyone. You should have looked into what a nursing program involved and researched what a nurse really does in their day to day life. THis would have saved you time. I would suggest you do a little soul searching and make sure dropping iss what you really want to do and isn't just a spur of the moment thought because school was too hard. Nothing in life comes easy. If you want something good, you have to work for it. If you truly feel like nursing just isn't your lifes dream, then drop out and research other careers. Or take a few years off and live your life. You will only be young once, and maybe while you are exploring what life has to offer, you will find something you love. Your parents will just have to deal.

    I failed out of my first year of school when I was 18 because I thought I wanted to be a physical therapist. Turns out that wasn't for me, and I wasn't interested in school. I decided to just quit for a while until I found something I wanted to do. It took me 3 more years of being young (and an unplanned pregnancy with my now husband) to realize I want to be a nurse. So here I am at almost 26 years old and Im starting my nursing program in Jan 2014 after spending the last few years on pre and co reqs for the ADN and BSN programs. I plan to bridge to BSN after becoming and RN.

    Point is, at 21 you are barely mature enough to act like an adult. Making decision on what you want to do for the rest of your lie is not easy. If you aren't sure what that is yet, then take a break for a while and tell you parents to suck it up. That's what I did and my parents still love me.
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    Unfortunately you have wasted time but you must have some idea of what you would really like to do.
    How close are you to graduation? If you are almost done with your nursing degree then I would suck it up and finish.
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    When I was your age I had no idea what I wanted. Most people really don't know what they want until they hit around 30. Say it's age, wisdom, etc... When I turned around 30 (it was actually 31) I don't know how it happened or how long but suddenly I knew. It's like a maturity that says "I trust I know who I am".

    Don't just let your life go by and let others decide for you. You don't want to look back and wish you had done something and you didn't. Any schooling that you have so far is a good thing. But OMG don't go through with nursing school if it was just one of the choices you had like ordering what kind of fish you wanted to eat at a restaurant you happened drive by.

    Tell you parents the truth. I'm sure they want to support you. Check out what's in a liberal arts degree while you searching for what you really want. Can you appreciate the difference between rushing through college with an unsure end or taking it easy and having fun and really learning... I mean you're not even trying to convince us that you want to be an RN.

    That's how many people find what they really want. You take a wide degree of classes and have fun while searching. Get involved with a school counselor. Find a support group of students who are going through the same thing. You'll find it if you relax and be yourself; you will have a great life.

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    you have NOT wasted your time. You have learned what you do not want to do, and that is something. I recommend working for a while. I was 45 when I started nursing school so I can testify that it is NEVER too late to change your life.
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    You're young and your parents will get over it. Follow your heart.
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    Nothing is wrong with changing your mind, but I would stick out the semester. Just because I wouldn't want the F on my transcript.. You never know. You may decide to try again one day.
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    Find something you love. Maybe talk to the school counselor for help figuring out the career path that is right for you.
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    Sorry for very late reply.

    So I have dropped out of nursing 3 weeks ago (3 weeks before mid-term exams) and currently finishing my elective and nutrition course. I really regret dropping out, I am already missing the people I met and being around them.

    I have not told full story and the struggles I went through. While in nursing school, I was working 16 hours because I did not want to be in debt even though I took government loan and I thought I would be able to manage it but I was wrong! My parents paid half of my tuition for one semester. Also, my sleeping pattern was messed up and it's been like that since high school. I usually slept for 2-3 hours in the afternoon after my classes and slept around 4-5 in the morning and in class I was dead tired. I tried to change my habit but couldn't. I have also talked to counselor for help but they were not helpful.
    Not sure if this is normal in other nursing schools but my school required students to take 7 courses. It was so hard to catch up weekly readings, assignments/quizzes/tests every week. I have failed my quizzes (Less than 50%), I don't think I found the content difficult but rather bad time management.

    I don't know what to do at this point. I want to go back to nursing school fresh start but at the same time my parents will say something like, "Why you going back to nursing if you can't handle it?" Now that I know what it is like in nursing school, I believe that I can do it.

    I have talked to my professors about my situation except for one. I feel like it was inappropriate to not tell one of my professor for nursing practice that I was going to drop out. Should I email her? Is it too late? How should I talk to her...? I am bit embarrassed because what if I go back to nursing again? She'll be there.

    Any suggestions what I should do? I researched other programs but none of them interest me or am I good in those areas.

    Also, I don't have F on my academic transcript since the deadline was not in October

    Sorry if there are a lot of errors in my post D:
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    Is your heart in nursing or are you more upset about starting something and not seeing it through?

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