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Why I dropped out of college

For those who don’t know. I used to study at a university in Taipei, Taiwan. My major was Global Financial Management. I chose it because I thought it was a practical major and when I graduate, it would be easy to find a job. 

The first year, I was very excited about the whole university life. I studied as well as partied tons. I passed all of my grades. I have met a lot of amazing people. I had a blast. But until the second year, I started failing my classes. I studied very hard on the subjects I failed, but I still didn’t pass. One day, one of my professors told me if I don’t start passing my classes, I might get kicked out of school. I was terrified. I kept on working hard on my grades but still failing. 

I was sitting alone in my little studio crying. I didn’t know what to do. I could not tell my parents, cuz they would be disappointed. I could not tell my friends, cuz they would think I’m dumb. I told my parents that everything was fine, my grades were good…. I sat down quietly and realised that I had been ignoring the most important reason. I HATE MY MAJOR!!! I didn’t enjoy most of my classes nor subjects. I have NO interest in any of them. I was thinking, what am I doing? What if I “somehow” graduated, am I going to work in something I hate?? I was very depressed, sad and lost. 

So I decided to find other alternatives. I started googling language schools. It is my goal to speak 5 languages before I’m 30. I was looking into learning Hindi in Mumbai and also was figuring out what I actually want to study at university.

Just 4 months before the summer holidays started. A friend of a friend told me about Buenos Aires, Argentina. He said it is a beautiful city and very affordable to live in. Also, Universidad de Buenos Aires offers Spanish classes. When my Spanish is at a high enough level, I can enrol in UBA and study there for free. After listening to it and doing a bit more research, I was sold. But the hardest part was to tell my parents that I was dropping out. I basically told them the truth and told them about Buenos Aires. They said I am old enough to make my own decision.

After that, I started looking into flights from Hong Kong to Buenos Aires. Boy oh boy, IT’S FAR!! I ended up flying from Hong Kong to Sydney → Sydney to Auckland → stayed in Auckland for a week → Auckland to Buenos Aires. 

And this is how I end up in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’m still living here! It’s been a year and a half. The best decision I have made. I am a lot happier here than I was before. Started working online and figuring out ways to become a digital nomad.  

I know that there are tons of people struggling to figure out what they want to do in life or just the next couple of years. I would say, go with the flow. Don’t push yourself to do something you hate or are not interested in. Life is too short, try to experiment and take a different path. Don’t just follow what society wants. Take the first step. That might lead you to a happier life or doing something you actually enjoy. You never know until you do it. 

Thank you for reading. 

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