Why Do So Many Graduate Students Quit Studying?
Posted date: Jan 29, 2018
Many people can’t help wondering why student drop out of college. The answer is really simple: many university programs are contributing to students’ burnouts and thus they have no other choice but to quit because they can’t take it any longer.
Dropping out of PhD programs for graduate students is actually a really frequent issue. Dropping out of grad school happens even if students fully realize that the degree is unfinished or that half the way was already overcome. Still, even such short-term perspectives as a diploma in a year do not prevent Ph.D. students from quitting their studies.
One of the most widespread reasons why students quit graduate school is that they have some troubles with mental health and the general well-being. Constant work overload, pressure from exams and tests, as well as sleep deprivation, lead to emotional burnout. Often, such cases are more serious than it might seem at first sight. Students may be really close to apathy and chronic depression. One research has provided findings that post-graduates are more likely to suffer even from bipolar disorder or other mental conditions.
Still, such research focusing on dropping out of grad school consequences may prove to be rather narrow and debatable. In particular, one cannot always connect some mental illness with the fact whether a person has been studying on Master’s or Ph.D. programs or not. There might be a lot more other factors that stop students from finishing masters degree after dropping out.
According to other research findings, most of the students who have been approved on doctoral programs originally had enough stamina and determination to complete the studying. However, there are cases when they later faced some other problems, such as environmental, cultural, economic or personal issues, which prevented them from continuing studies. Moreover, it was also estimated that students got quitting grad school depression, i.e. they were more depressed after quitting than before when they were studying, but then there was no way back. Judging from numerous interviews on the topic “why I left graduate school” that were conducted with former students, one important conclusion can be made: it is crucial to weigh all pros and cons before making such a serious decision as dropping out of university. Yes, you may definitely face a lot of critique during your studying and the process of writing a dissertation, but is it really a reason to deprive yourself from academic prospects that lie in front of you? Treat it as a life lesson, after which you will become more resilient and strong-willed.
What is There about the Culture of Ph.D. Programs that Makes Students Drop out?
- Many students are overly fixated on professors’ criticism and what they think of them. They may even get paranoid about what professors think of them. They view professors’ opinions as some kind of a verdict whatsoever.
- Students frequently suffer from isolation as they do not have enough time to socialize (or simply refuse to socialize with others).
- Students get so many home assignments from different subjects that they have no other choice but to burn the midnight oil in order to keep up with the required level of academic achievements. This fact proves to be especially grave with perfectionists as they want to be the best in each subject and thus exhaust themselves with rigorous research.
- Students often have tight deadlines for submitting papers, so with time, they tend to have the feeling of constant pressure. Whatever they do, they have a feeling that they won’t manage to do on time. Or they simply choose to hurry instead of performing their activities at a moderate pace.
- Due to constant hurrying, students may resultantly suffer from panic attacks. Whenever something does not go according to the earlier set plan, they start panicking and become overwhelmed with fear that they won’t have enough time to provide a task.
- There proves to be ineffective communication between students and the faculty members, including students’ professors and supervisors. Some students are afraid of the teaching staff and they prefer to be silent rather than be frowned upon by some professors who hear some questions from students. Besides, students are too shy to come to the professor and ask for a piece of advice as students think that they will occupy the precious free time of their professors.