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17-11-2013, 06:12 PM
Should I quit university to travel?
Hey, I am currently in 2nd year of University with 2 years to go studying BA Product/Industrial Design. I find the workload way too much. I haven't had time to social much at all since coming back. The course also puts my body under a lot of stress, I do 2 all nighters a month and I usually only get 6 hours sleep a night, so I end up napping in the afternoon.

I haven't really experienced life so far, Im sort of already dead if you know what I mean. My social anxiety has meant I haven't socialised much in my life. I really want to travel the world, I know I would regret this if I don't do it while Im young. I realised the other day, that if I was on my deathbed and I hadn't been to places like Yosemite or drove through the desert etc. then I would be really pissed at myself.

I just feel as if Im part of a system where you get a degree, go straight into a job, work hard, then retire at the age of 65 when its too late to do anything but wait to die.

Knowing that I will only live once makes me feel as if there is no excuse for not doing whatever the hell I want with my life.

Question is, should I quit university now, or wait 2 years and graduate and then explore the world? Im thinking the 2nd option would be best, but I guess I am looking for an excuse to quit uni and start my adventure now.

"Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth." - Henry David Thoreau
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17-11-2013, 06:24 PM
RE: Should I quit university to travel?
(17-11-2013 06:12 PM)TheLogicalAthiest Wrote:  Hey, I am currently in 2nd year of University with 2 years to go studying BA Product/Industrial Design. I find the workload way too much. I haven't had time to social much at all since coming back. The course also puts my body under a lot of stress, I do 2 all nighters a month and I usually only get 6 hours sleep a night, so I end up napping in the afternoon.

I haven't really experienced life so far, Im sort of already dead if you know what I mean. My social anxiety has meant I haven't socialised much in my life. I really want to travel the world, I know I would regret this if I don't do it while Im young. I realised the other day, that if I was on my deathbed and I hadn't been to places like Yosemite or drove through the desert etc. then I would be really pissed at myself.

I just feel as if Im part of a system where you get a degree, go straight into a job, work hard, then retire at the age of 65 when its too late to do anything but wait to die.

Knowing that I will only live once makes me feel as if there is no excuse for not doing whatever the hell I want with my life.

Question is, should I quit university now, or wait 2 years and graduate and then explore the world? Im thinking the 2nd option would be best, but I guess I am looking for an excuse to quit uni and start my adventure now.

I wouldn't quit after you got into university and are on your second year. Take some time to study abroad. Like it or not, you are part of that system and one of the only paths to happiness is through faithful completion of the tasks that society has provided you. I'm just a teenager so I have yet to actually go that far, but my general plan is to go to college, then go Chris McCandless on society's ass and tramp around while faithfully recording my escapades in a journal or even a blog, the purpose of this being to become the next enlightened being, and also to have fun.
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17-11-2013, 06:28 PM
RE: Should I quit university to travel?
(17-11-2013 06:24 PM)The_Thinking_Theist Wrote:  
(17-11-2013 06:12 PM)TheLogicalAthiest Wrote:  Hey, I am currently in 2nd year of University with 2 years to go studying BA Product/Industrial Design. I find the workload way too much. I haven't had time to social much at all since coming back. The course also puts my body under a lot of stress, I do 2 all nighters a month and I usually only get 6 hours sleep a night, so I end up napping in the afternoon.

I haven't really experienced life so far, Im sort of already dead if you know what I mean. My social anxiety has meant I haven't socialised much in my life. I really want to travel the world, I know I would regret this if I don't do it while Im young. I realised the other day, that if I was on my deathbed and I hadn't been to places like Yosemite or drove through the desert etc. then I would be really pissed at myself.

I just feel as if Im part of a system where you get a degree, go straight into a job, work hard, then retire at the age of 65 when its too late to do anything but wait to die.

Knowing that I will only live once makes me feel as if there is no excuse for not doing whatever the hell I want with my life.

Question is, should I quit university now, or wait 2 years and graduate and then explore the world? Im thinking the 2nd option would be best, but I guess I am looking for an excuse to quit uni and start my adventure now.

I wouldn't quit after you got into university and are on your second year. Take some time to study abroad. Like it or not, you are part of that system and one of the only paths to happiness is through faithful completion of the tasks that society has provided you. I'm just a teenager so I have yet to actually go that far, but my general plan is to go to college, then go Chris McCandless on society's ass and tramp around while faithfully recording my escapades in a journal or even a blog, the purpose of this being to become the next enlightened being, and also to have fun.

I fucking love Chris Mccandless! I have watched Into the Wild 7 times, and never get bored, it just touches my heart if you know what I mean. I would love to do what Chris did.

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17-11-2013, 06:34 PM
RE: Should I quit university to travel?
(17-11-2013 06:28 PM)TheLogicalAthiest Wrote:  
(17-11-2013 06:24 PM)The_Thinking_Theist Wrote:  I wouldn't quit after you got into university and are on your second year. Take some time to study abroad. Like it or not, you are part of that system and one of the only paths to happiness is through faithful completion of the tasks that society has provided you. I'm just a teenager so I have yet to actually go that far, but my general plan is to go to college, then go Chris McCandless on society's ass and tramp around while faithfully recording my escapades in a journal or even a blog, the purpose of this being to become the next enlightened being, and also to have fun.

I fucking love Chris Mccandless! I have watched Into the Wild 7 times, and never get bored, it just touches my heart if you know what I mean. I would love to do what Chris did.

I know, he died a real American adventurer, in the West with "the road as his home...". I think Krakeur did a good job proving his sanity, though there are things I would've done differently than the Supertramp. Well, I've been buying some supplies like knives and clothes and a good sleeping bag and so forth, but it will be far in the future before I leave my folk and friends. I also loved how he didn't smoke crack like a hobo but read Walden like a true intellectual. Just blows my mind.
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17-11-2013, 06:42 PM
RE: Should I quit university to travel?
(17-11-2013 06:34 PM)The_Thinking_Theist Wrote:  
(17-11-2013 06:28 PM)TheLogicalAthiest Wrote:  I fucking love Chris Mccandless! I have watched Into the Wild 7 times, and never get bored, it just touches my heart if you know what I mean. I would love to do what Chris did.

I know, he died a real American adventurer, in the West with "the road as his home...". I think Krakeur did a good job proving his sanity, though there are things I would've done differently than the Supertramp. Well, I've been buying some supplies like knives and clothes and a good sleeping bag and so forth, but it will be far in the future before I leave my folk and friends. I also loved how he didn't smoke crack like a hobo but read Walden like a true intellectual. Just blows my mind.

Yeah, for all Chris's intelligence It was surprising he went into the wild real unprepared. Like at least by some decent equipment with you.

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17-11-2013, 07:02 PM
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Yes, too bad Mccandless' romantic adventure ended so unfortunately but, perhaps he might have been a bit more prepared. I heard that they recently discovered the berries he had eaten may have poisoned him. Very sad.
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Tough it out young man! Stay in school and get that sheep skin as back up. Thumbsup
You appear to be burnt out, though. Organize your time a bit better in order to take time off.

A Friday plus the weekend here, a couple of days and another weekend there - you can take small day trips. Use the Summer wisely. Car + map + tent + you = road trip. Devote smaller tracts of time to small trips.

You say you want to see the world... commendable. What do you know of the world around you right now?

You mentioned, "places like Yosemite or drove through the desert etc.".
Do it.

I did... while I was in school and I had a job. Shy

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17-11-2013, 11:17 PM
RE: Should I quit university to travel?
Or do both.

I knew some European students that went to a new country each year for their study. Not just within Europe, but outside to Canada, the US.

Of course check your area of study to see whether you can transfer credits as easily. Maybe just a single exchange program for a year will be enough.
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18-11-2013, 05:39 AM
RE: Should I quit university to travel?
(17-11-2013 06:42 PM)TheLogicalAthiest Wrote:  
(17-11-2013 06:34 PM)The_Thinking_Theist Wrote:  I know, he died a real American adventurer, in the West with "the road as his home...". I think Krakeur did a good job proving his sanity, though there are things I would've done differently than the Supertramp. Well, I've been buying some supplies like knives and clothes and a good sleeping bag and so forth, but it will be far in the future before I leave my folk and friends. I also loved how he didn't smoke crack like a hobo but read Walden like a true intellectual. Just blows my mind.

Yeah, for all Chris's intelligence It was surprising he went into the wild real unprepared. Like at least by some decent equipment with you.

Oi, there are different kinds of intelligence.
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18-11-2013, 05:48 AM
RE: Should I quit university to travel?
(17-11-2013 06:12 PM)TheLogicalAthiest Wrote:  Hey, I am currently in 2nd year of University with 2 years to go studying BA Product/Industrial Design. I find the workload way too much. I haven't had time to social much at all since coming back. The course also puts my body under a lot of stress, I do 2 all nighters a month and I usually only get 6 hours sleep a night, so I end up napping in the afternoon.

I haven't really experienced life so far, Im sort of already dead if you know what I mean. My social anxiety has meant I haven't socialised much in my life. I really want to travel the world, I know I would regret this if I don't do it while Im young. I realised the other day, that if I was on my deathbed and I hadn't been to places like Yosemite or drove through the desert etc. then I would be really pissed at myself.

I just feel as if Im part of a system where you get a degree, go straight into a job, work hard, then retire at the age of 65 when its too late to do anything but wait to die.

Knowing that I will only live once makes me feel as if there is no excuse for not doing whatever the hell I want with my life.

Question is, should I quit university now, or wait 2 years and graduate and then explore the world? Im thinking the 2nd option would be best, but I guess I am looking for an excuse to quit uni and start my adventure now.
If you are passionate about what your studying, quitting could be a bad idea. That said, I don't know how it is in the UK regarding money, employment, etc.

It will be possible for you to travel after you graduate - unless the world ends or something. Try to take small steps.Wink
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