University study can be tough, and many students will have to deal with some significant challenges at some point during their study. Before making the difficult decision to cancel your enrolment and leave Griffith, we encourage you to consider your options.
Other students have been in your situation, and with some help and support, have managed to get back on track and continue with their studies.
Getting a degree has always been my goal, as I know it will lead to better job prospects and a better life for my son. I’m a single parent and the cost of living has forced me to take some breaks from study to earn some money, but I’ve always returned. All up, it will have taken me around 10 years to get my degree, and there have been times I was on academic probation because I struggled to keep my grades up while juggling everything else in my life. I never lost sight of my goal though. I wish I’d known earlier about all the assistance you can access at Griffith, because that does make a difference. My advice to other students would be: don’t give up and ask for help when you need it.
In my second year of study I had a huge workload, lots of exams coming up and assignments due every week. I felt like I wasn’t managing the workload at all and was ready to give up. I spoke to one of my lecturers about how I was feeling and she put me in touch with a mentor. After the first meeting I felt less anxious, better prepared and much more in control again. I'm almost finished my degree now, I have a great job lined up and am so thankful that I kept going... James (4th year student)
I had to move from North Queensland to come to Griffith and for the first study period I was really lonely and unhappy. I don't make friends easily and I didn't know anyone at all. I didn't think I could keep going and was constantly thinking about leaving Uni and going home. In my second study period I joined one of the Clubs at Griffith thinking that if I didn't feel any better in two weeks I’d leave and go back home. I'm happy to say I not only made great friends but I’m doing so well with my study that I was asked to be a mentor for new students. I'm so glad I stuck it out. I'd recommend joining a club to anyone – it's a great way to make new friends.