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Hey, lovely people! :) Coming to you today with a post about my University experience and why I decided NOT to continue studying for a Master’s degree.

Also, if you are somewhat like me and wondering do you even need a degree to succeed in life, I have post about that here. :)

I’ll be honest with you, I had some other reasons why I left Uni, but these ones are the most important ones for me. Also, there was the gut feeling, that going back would not be right, you know? You have to trust your gut! ;)

So, here are the reasons!

I cannot do full time or even half-time job with full time studies. Funnily, when I studied for the Bachelor’s degree, I had a part-time job at least half of the time, but during my Master’s studies, I tried that and it ended in ridiculous health problems. Would it have happend if I had just studied? I don’t know, maybe, but unlikely.

It felt like procrastination. Even though I learned some new things, the overall gain wasn’t big enough I guess. I knew that after the 2 years of studies, I will have only that – another diploma in an academic field. I couldn’t see the use of that diploma in my life. And as studies took a lot of my time (including traveling back and forth 4 days a week), I didn’t have time for projects that I reaaally cared about. It felt like that I will start the ‘real’ living in two years, after studies, but that’s not good enough. Studies DO NOT prepare for life, they just enrich your knowledge and personality.

I want to choose my study topics. In this Master’s programm, I had very little saying in what courses I wanna take. I had to choose a ‘study pack’ and stick with it. But I wasn’t passionate about a lot of the courses for my next semester and I thought to myself – what’s the point to study something just for studying sake? If your goal is the diploma and you know it will improve your life – then go for it! But in my case, it felt useless to study things I knew I will not use in the future at all. Now I am very excited to do some online learning and improve my English grammar and learn other new languages. :) Self-motivation is a tool I have, so I can afford this luxury – study on my own.

So, I decided, that I do not need a Master’s degree to succeed in life. I am very grateful for the semester I took, I met some awesome people and had a good introduction to the field. I don’t regret starting my Master’s studies. The last 5 month were very educational not just study wise but life wise. I learned what I can do and what I can’t, what interests me and what not so much, but most importantly I realized that just studying and studying I will not achieve anything in life (I can imagine how some of you are rolling your eyes and thinking: “Dah-ah” :D, but I did felt incomplete without the Master’s degree – like I wasn’t smart enought, so this recognition was important for me personally). I need to look at myself in different light (which I did) and start working on my dreams RIGHT NOW, Master’s education or not.

I also wanna note that this was a very hard decision for me. I am not one who likes to abandon things that I have started. Even though when thinking about my course mates who in two years will have Master’s degree and I feel a little bit jealous, I know this was the right decision for me.

And lastly, I don’t know, I might have a Master’s degree later in life. I am not totally ruling that out, but the older you get, the harder it is to fit in the University box and thinking. But another time another post on that. ;)

Tell me, do you have a Master’s degree and if you don’t do you wanna study to get one? What’s your experience? You can share your opinion about Bachelor’s degree as well. :)

                      With love,

                             Madara

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  1. Currently writing my dissertation for my MSc in Public Health . I did it full time while working full time as well. It was hell ad I would not wish it on anyone. I’m so burnt out that I cannot be bothered and I’ve had to ask for extension on my dissertation. It can be really stressful and I think at the end of the day, you need to do what is best for you. If you have the energy, finance, and time at some point you can do because it opens a lot of opportunities for you (to some extent). Having said that, there are easy ways to make quick money and doing masters is not really on the top list.

    • Madara Reply

      Hi, Adetunji! :) Thank you for making time and leaving me a comment! :) And I am sorry for replying to you so late. :/
      I can agree with you that nowadays, having a Masters does not equal bigger income. It can open some doors and if you are a teacher or in the science field (at least in my country) it can give a chance for a bigger salary but if you are neither of those, Masters degree can be just an accessory.
      Full time working and doing any kind of degree is really hard! :O I think it is a smart thing to do – to ask for an extension. There is no need to tear yourself apart for a degree.
      Wishing you all the best in your education and life journey! <3 :)
      Madara

  2. Freda Nomo Reply

    I’m doing a masters now in dance movement psychotherapy, I do enjoy but it is a struggle to find work. I do have a part time time but I’m usually burnt out after my three days of study at university.

    With masters degrees it’s definitely something you should think about – I.e I jumped into one straight after my bachelors.

    Also I think it depends on what you study, for example in order for me to qualify as a psychotherapist, i have to do a course regardless.

    • Madara Reply

      First of all, dance movement psychotherapy sounds amazing thing to study! :) But yaaas doing studying and work is not easy. :/ Maybe after finishing your studies you should think about to open up your own dance therapy classes? I once went to a dance therapy group and we had a 8 lesson cycle in a rented space, so maybe you can do something similar. :)
      About master’s, I sometimes think that it would hae been better if I just we for master’s right after bachelor and just finished it and DONE. After a while it is so hard to go back to school again.. :/ Takes time to adjust.

  3. I have a masters in International business. I used to wonder why I bothered and figured it would never do me any good but then years afte I was offered a big salary and the money I made justified all the agony. I enjoyed reading your story. I also have a blog theinvisiblehindu.com Give a try if you have time I would appreciate it. I will continue to follow you.

    • Madara Reply

      Yeah, sometimes we appreciate the degree later in life, but also not always. Everyone has a different path and some get use out of their degree and some don’t. :) But happy to hear you made use out of yours. :)

  4. Congratulations on your decision! It is by no means an easy one. I’m in the same boat myself. Decided (still undecided) to drop out of my Masters programme. I get what you said about looking at your classmates and feeling a bit jealous.

    I’m not someone who doesn’t finish what she started as well, but I wasn’t feeling the Masters. My full time job didn’t make matters easy.

    It’s not an easy decision to make but no one said life was going to be easy….

    Endaline
    http://www.onyixtus.com

    • Madara Reply

      Yeah, I admire people who can do a full time job and study for Master’s or even Bachelor. Not easy! So I totally get you. And especially if you are not feeling it, there is no need to torment yourself with the studies. Good luck in your further endeavors! :)

    • Madara Reply

      Yeah, that’s true! :) Also if you know why are you doing it or that you are sure that you will benefit from the diploma or studies in the future, those are the reasons to keep studying even if you don’t 100% loooove the studies. But anyways, have to go with your heart with everything in life! :)

  5. Girl, you do you! If that’s what you want and you feel like it’s the best decision for you, congrats and well done! It’s just a diploma after all and it’s completely okay to not have a master degree. I am studying Bachelor right now and I can’t say much about Masters right now but I think I will be finishing my Bachelor :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Madara Reply

      Thank you, Leta! :) Good luck with your Bachelors and finishing studies is always a good idea! :) I think the study situation is different for everyone, depends on so many things – finances, do you know what you wanna do in life, do you like the study information itself, does your university provide qualitative studies, your self-esteem and overall energy levels etc etc. :) In which study year are you right now?

  6. Beautiful post! Sometimes it’s really important to trust your gut. I can’t even imagine how hard it has been to do that. I just started my first year at uni and although I reall love it, it’s definitely challeging. xx

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

    • Madara Reply

      Thank you, lovely! :) Yees, studying not always is easy. But I think it gets better after the first year, so hang in there. :)

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