Undergrad: High distinction in history, graduated top of class from a mid-tier UK university
Tuition fee funded master's at a top UK university. My course was completely not what I expected (the papers I wanted to sit were discontinued the year I joined), I had a very difficult time, developed depression and had other symptoms. I couldn't sit my final exams, left for two terms and now I am back for my exams. In the period I was away was diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis) and I have depression, which has worsened since I have come back because I need to deal with everything alone and I am so exhausted. And my GP isn't helpful. I want to go home because I am finding it very hard to deal with things on my own.
I don't see the value in this degree because I want to work in a completely different sector when I am done (I have a year-long research internship ahead of me that I can do from home) and I just want to get home, meet my specialist and learn to deal with my condition better. I live in another country and have access to private healthcare and can go back to my specialist. Also, I wish to apply to the US for further studies in a different subject (related to my research internship).
Should I leave? I am massively underprepared, feel ill all the time and fatigued, and my depression and MS symptoms keep getting worse.
Having had some set backs, my main advice (if it was me) would be how would you feel if you barely pass it and receive poor grades? How would putting them down on application forms make you feel, or would you rather say 'I was unwell, full stop'... Here is my excellent work the following year. Equally, you have MS. That's a black and white issue. Nobody can accuse you of making up excuses. So it's about you and what makes you happiest. Take care
It sounds as if your Masters is not central to your future plans. Finishing it well would have been nice, but there are times in life when one has to cut one's losses, particularly where one's health and wellbeing are at stake.
If you have confirmation of your next move, then continuing with something you 'don't see value in' is likely to be demoralising and very hard. It's going to be tough to let it go, if that's what you decide to do, but in five years time you may well look back and consider that doing so wasn't that big a deal in the long run.
Good luck with whatever you choose.
Show it as it is. I guess it is already an accomlishment to get the scholarship and be accepted there, so tell them that you had to leave due to medical issues. I would not mention depressions but MS is a serious condition and I don't believe anyone would hold that against you.
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