Why do so many young people fail in college?
Nobody wants to fail. Young people don’t plan to fail in college. Yet for some reason many parents and former students come here asking me, why do young people fail in school?
I’ll do my best to answer this question below.
“As I said there is nothing wrong with failing. Pick yourself up and try it again. You never are going to know how good you really are until you go out and face failure.” – Henry Kravis.
Before you begin your program I just hope you take a look at the following list of common reasons that young people fail college and try to prevent yourself from making these mistakes. If you feel like you’re about to fail college, don’t worry because you’re not alone. Changing majors or taking time off isn’t the end of the world.
The main reasons why young people fail in college are…
Working long hours.
Many students are in a difficult position where they must work while in school. This is highly respectable but could lead to you having less time to focus on your studies, and possibly failing in the end. Work gets in the way because you have less time to study and you might come home drained after that late-night shift.
Too much partying.
There’s nothing wrong with having a few beers after an exam but having a few beers on a Monday morning could be a serious problem. Drinking can easily get in the way of school.
If you move away for college, then you’re going to be away from family for the first time and you can easily find yourself partying frequently. As a student, it’s easy to find drink deals on a Wednesday night. One night of partying turns into a four-day bender and now you’re behind on everything. Suddenly you feel overwhelmed.
If the work and night life is too much for you, then you’re going to clearly need to cut back. You may have to ask to cut back on the hours, try to go out less often, or think about decreasing your course load.
Other reasons why young people fail in school are…
Many teenagers are simply not ready for the rigorous schedule that comes along with some higher level programs.
This is why many students take a break after a semester. They weren’t ready. High school was too easy and now college is too stressful.
I personally wasn’t ready for an intense program as a 17-year old. This is why I attended a community college first.
Family support is beneficial while in school. On the other hand issues at home often lead to stress and loss of focus.
Some programs require many hours on lectures and studying for exams. If you’re not willing to commit to the time requirements then you will not be able to keep up with your fellow students.
Wrong program selected.
When you find yourself not interested with your studies then you’re in the wrong program. There are many programs to choose from, so don’t feel bad if one particular program isn’t working out for you. The best thing that you could do is to switch majors because this is the field that you likely want to work in for the rest of your life. Why would you choose a program that you hate? This is your life and your life only. You can’t always listen to your family and friends. You have to do what’s best for you.
These are the best reasons that I could think of for as to why young people fail in school. Please feel free to check out some of the great comments on why students fail college and add to the discussion.