Posted by Dinah on October 10, 2009, at 9:37:56
In reply to College Student Wondering What to Do, posted by Kenneth on October 10, 2009, at 5:53:30
As you know, it's hard to answer those questions.
But it seems to me that you have a pretty clear idea of what's going on with you. If you were constantly switching from school to school, it would likely be a good idea to look at the pattern in you. But to make a choice and find out it wasn't the right choice for you isn't so unusual. How do you know until you experience it?
You're right. It is a big change from New York to the midwest, a large city to a much smaller one. The energy is completely different, and different people flourish in different energy. And while some people can flourish in an intense environment, others don't. And you say that here are other programs where you can grow and learn in an environment that you would fill you rather than deplete you?
I suppose it's a good idea to consider whether it would be academic or career disaster. How much longer do you have till your degree. Will the credits transfer well? What did your last counselor say in suggesting that you think about it? Do your parents have strong ideas?
Not that I've any sort of expertise in academic matters. I transferred after one semester and was never sorry for it. I was not cut out for a high pressure college or life. But my major had no very specific requirements.
I do have expertise in being unhappy where I am. Even though I have recommitted to my job, I find that I have a very hard time with motivation because while I am not as unhappy as I was, I am not happy. It *does* make a huge difference.
You might be able to ask at the Meds board about Lexapro, and at the student board about the difficulties involved there. But it sounds as if your depression lifts when you leave your current environment. To me that sounds situational. Medication may help with situational depression, but surely if the situation can be changed, that would be even better?