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How do I come to terms with the idea that it would be better for me to leave graduate school? I've been wrestling with this idea since the second semester of my first year. Right now I am in my third semester after having decided that I would do my masters and then leave. Now I am really starting to regret my decision. I am very unhappy but the thought of stopping just short of one semester before getting my masters also makes me unhappy as I would be quitting. The problem is that I am completely and utterly lost and my knowledge of my themes of interest is rudimentary at best and not enough to write a good thesis unless I do yet another semester, and for a masters that is something I would never do. I think part of the problem is that I've already decided this is not for me and I am not going to continue in the program after I finish the masters (I already have a plan of action after May, or end of summer at the latest). Maybe I've just come to realize that it doesn't seem worth it for me to do it. At the same time, however, I don't want to just quit. I am unhappy but I also fear the thought of leaving graduate school and essentially giving up, being that I am only one semester away. I think at this point I do not care about even getting the grade, but if that is the case, is it even worth it to try?

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