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Unhappy Academic Probation - August 6th 2015, 09:05 PM

Hello to the residents of the TeenHelp forums. I have a bit of a problem here. My mom called me into her room to read something along with her pertaining to school, and as usual my heart dropped. And for good reason. I was put on academic probation by various counselors who finally decided that my GPA was too low (2.74) and if I didn't bring it up. It might result in me being kicked out of this program. The problem I have is that if something doesn't interest me I won't work hard for it. It doesn't make sense to me. I excel in Music, Writing, History. Things that I like. And frankly I've lost the motivation to deal with school and I just want to experience things, I want to be knowledgable when I feel like I need to be and when it sparks my interest. And now I feel trapped, I want to stay in the program for the credentials and college offers, but I've lost motivation and interest for aspects of school and it's really hurting me. How do you think I should approach this situation and what should I do??
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Re: Academic Probation - August 6th 2015, 10:00 PM

I used to have this problem too, if I didn't like something I more or less suffered through it just to get it over with. If I disliked a subject, but understood why it was necessary then I did a little better, but not much.

I think there are two ways you can approach this: You can either decide that the credentials and college offers are worth suffering through classes you don't like and try to do your best even if you hate them, or you can decide that this program isn't a good fit for you and find something that better fits your interests.

If you plan on college, I'll warn you now that you'll be required to take things you won't like or need regardless of what your degree is in. I'm not saying that college wouldn't be a good idea, just warning you that more of this is coming; maybe taking a year off to experience things would be a good idea when the time comes.

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Re: Academic Probation - August 7th 2015, 02:09 AM

I was on academic probation too. I used to think the same; if I didn't like it I didn't want to do if. But I NEEDED my degree and that forced me to grow up, suck it up, and accept that I had to do things whether I liked it or not - crappy assigned or classes all built to the larger degree that I needed.

You can drop out of school if you really want to but if you're only in high school I would certainly discourage that. Or you can ask for help to get off probation and find a way of dealing with the boring or uninteresting classes.

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