The Next Step
I`m falling behind at university - what now?
Even though university courses are designed to be completed in a specific amount of semesters, students often come across hurdles when it comes to finishing on time.
It is completely normal to experience this - after all the rest of your life doesn`t just stop just because you`re also studying.
Sometimes the reason for falling behind is medical:
you sustain an injury or illness that keeps you away from studying for a long period of time,
struggle with your mental health and need a time out,
or need time away from school due to pregnancy.
But those reasons are far from the only ones:
Maybe your work schedule has suddenly been changed and you can`t make it to classes on time,
maybe you`re exhausted from balancing a full course load and supporting yourself financially,
maybe you got a great professional opportunity but it's in another town..
The possibilities are endless.
The main thing is that your university has ways of helping you cope with all of that!
😓 If you`re just struggling with a couple of classes/assignments it is worth talking to your professor personally to see if you can arrange another way for you to catch up - maybe you have to present a group project, but you`re commuting from another town? In that case your lecturer/professor might allow you to turn in an individual paper instead.
😖 If you can't manage to complete a class or two due to your schedule or workload it might also be possible to simply take them at another year - many universities let you choose which study year you take specific courses etc. You can talk to your professors and student counsellors about this.
😰 If you're battling an illness, need maternity/paternity leave, your or a family member is struggling, you`re doing an internship or have financial difficulties it might also be worth thinking about a leave of absence from university. Usually this leave is granted for 1 semester and allows you to catch up on life outside of university and catch up on your studies privately, before returning to studying.
Every university and every state does things a little differently, so it is always important to check your university policies regarding time off/rescheduling your courses etc. before committing to anything.
Keep communicating with your university, professors and fellow students to have up-to-date information about your options!