Bri the Dropout

Hey guys! I’m back after some time away from blogging. I literally had a block and couldn’t think of anything to write about until a friend of mine suggested this so here it goes I hope you enjoy it! Leaving Uni isn’t the end of your life as you know it although it is often perceived that way by certain people. I left Trinity College Dublin after less than a month of being there and repeated my leaving certificate. I then went to the University of Limerick for 2 years and dropped out. Firstly I would like to address the stigma that there is around the word “dropout”. People seem to think that because you have dropped out of college you have also dropped out of life. Drop outs are stereotyped to be people that gave up easily on their degree due to laziness, will live off social welfare and sleep on the couch all day. This for me and MANY others is not the case. Leaving my degrees were one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. To break away from the norm and the set life path I had always envisioned for myself and be completely lost in what I wanted to do, it was scary. What I had planned before going into college was how most people plan their lives out to be. Go to college, get a job, get a house, get married, have kids, go to work, go on holidays here and there, retire and die. I left Trinity because I knew straight away I was in the wrong course. I left UL in second year not because of the course but because I didn’t enjoy college at all and I had to do what was best for me at the time. I couldn’t begin to tell you how hard of a decision it was. I thought I was letting everyone down that I’d be a disappointment. I didn’t know what I’d do with my life. I didn’t know how I’d make money it was all terrifying. I just knew I couldn’t go on being as unhappy as I was and not feeling hopeful or excited about what I was doing.

I have never been a totally lazy do nothing at all type of person, in fact that would drive me insane. I knew I didn’t want the couch potato claiming benefits lifestyle for me so I made a plan. I looked into all the jobs I could qualify for without a degree, the night classes I was interested in and things I could do as a skill and went from there. I have done many part time courses and skill training days since leaving college I’ll list them for you:

Start your own business course with the Local Enterprise Office

Classic Eyelash Extensions Portobello Institute Dublin

Volume Eyelash Extensions Glamour Lashes Academy

Sculpted Nails LCFE

Mindfulness LCFE

Front Office Management IBAT

I have only been out of college 1 year. Im so glad I’ve been able to pursue what I’m actually interested on my own agenda. I felt pressured to be in University when I don’t think it was ever what I wanted. I think I just did it because it was the done thing. When I was unhappy and left I felt so relieved and honestly am so glad I had the courage to do so. Many people in this world are stuck in their lives like cages they built for themselves by not doing what they truly want to do and enjoy. I personally feel like everyone needs to do what makes them happy discover your own path don’t follow the norm just because that’s the done thing. I may be a dropout but I’m still educating myself, setting goals, contributing to society and working to support myself. I did drop out of college but I certainly didn’t drop out of life.

– Bri xo

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