Ok guys so I kinda really need to vent and well maybe take advice on my current situation, because it hasn't really been a good year and I'm struggling, to say the least. So ill try to keep this short. So Ive been going to college since i graduated highschool in 2012. At first I was trying to get into the automotive program at a community college, but that never seemed to work out. So it kinda discouraged me and I just continued to do my basics until I could really find out what I wanted to do. I wasn't too motivated to stay in school but did so to keep my parents off my back, so I slowly started to care less and take less classes. So one Spring semester, I want to say it was in 2014, I had a really bad semester and was getting tired with both school and my job at the time. Once the summer came along I actually moved up in position at my job which is what im currently still doing, Assets Protection. I liked the job and my Supervisor ended up acting as a mentor to me and helped get back up, and encouraged me to stay in it and give another shot. I then decided on pursuing a Mechanical Engineering Degree. So I met up with an advisor from my community college and spoke with them, and it helped quite abit. So i continued to stay in school, my motivation grew abit, but school never got any easier. In Trig and Pre-Cal I barely passed both classes with C's. At first I thought I wasn't going to pass Pre-Cal and decided that if this didn't work out I was just going to change my Major to a Business Major. Fast forward to summer of 2016 I take Calculus but failed. Reason being is I just felt it was too fast paced, but generally understood most of the concepts, but I still felt discouraged by it. I decided to take it again the following Spring semester. I passed but thats only because our teacher ended up getting very sick and pretty much missed the last couple of weeks of class. Around this time I decided to meet with an advisor for UTD. When I spoke with them about transferring and getting into the Engineering field he explained to me that I would technically still be considered a freshman, and there was still around 12 more classes I could take at a Community College if I wished, to keep cost down. So when I heard this and saw a map of all the courses I needed to take it was discouraging to see as well, considering how long ive been going to school for, but at the same I did understand that I did slack a lot in some courses and had to retake them. I still continued to pursue a degree in Engineering. This leads up to present day. This semester I decided I would try things a bit differently. At work things have started to get kinda rocky, and its really becoming more stressful than its worth for me personally. So I decided to go from working full time to part time, and took some more challenging courses. I am taking an Intro to Programming class, Calculus 2, and University Physics 1. Cal 2 I am taking in the afternoon which basically left my morning/day free. I use this time to homework for Uni Phys 1, which I was struggling very much in. By doing so I ended up getting very behind in Cal 2. On top of all of this, I started to go out more, and made school less of a priority. I ended up dropping my Uni Phys class, and hoped that I could pick up the slack in Cal 2. I now realized I am very behind and honestly don't know at all what im doing in that class. I feel that I should have dropped Cal 2 instead and would have been able to get through Uni Phys, since I generally understood more, but I still needed to study more. I have a test today in Cal 2 and instead of studying ive been just hanging around all day. So my problem I think is, I just seem to have a hard time staying motivated with school. On top of that I just am not too happy anymore at my current job. I do have an interview for a different job here soon, where would be making more money wise. I feel Im almost stuck in the same situation I was in the Summer of 2014. The reason I want to try to stay in school is because now I actually want to finish it and graduate for myself. Reason why I want to do engineering is because I think it would be pretty badass to design stuff for cars, which is pretty much my main hobby. I don't really know how to work on them too much but Ive always been into them as a kid. Odds are Ill have to retake Cal 2 again, but with me being in school for such a long time already, I can't really say Im looking forward to a couple of more years of it. I was considering dropping Cal 2 as well but that would put me at 4 out of 6 classes I can drop. It wouldn't end up hurting my GPA, but I feel like ive wasted my semester. My dream job as a kid was to either be a Rockstar, which got shot down pretty quick by all my teachers in elementary school, or to own a car garage/shop. So I know engineering doesn't necessarily only apply to cars, but I think I could always apply it in one way or another. This year has been kinda hard on me. I got into a car accident on January 11, which I had to go to rehab for my back. I am only now really feeling better. Work and School has been rough, I met someone who id kill to be with but they are already in a relationship so we are just now really good friends, and both happen to work in the same position, Ive been hanging around my car buddies a lot more and just going out more in general. School just wasn't being the priority, which I feel it should have been all along. How do you guys stay motivated in school? I want a good future, but I feel like I haven't progressed as much as I truly could have, and thats what makes me mad at myself the most. While I do understand you don't need a degree to have a good future anymore, it sure does make a difference depending on how you apply yourself I would think....thoughts, suggestions?