How does one "finish something you've started"? In this case,its a graduate degree that I hated once but have come to the realisation that I need to finish-it to survive. These are the steps I've taken after I've re-enrolled: 1.Since its a degree in engineering,I've worked in the workshop as a mechanic to gain practical experience. 2.Been reading ample amount of 'extra' material to supplement my interests in the subject. It seems cancer patients read a lot of books and material to suppress their fear of death, I've done the same. 3.Kept myself busy for a year before re-enrolment with a job that pays. My concerns: Just before I took the 'sabbatical',I had failed in my course-work and this was the reason I cited for 'taking a break from the degree'. These failures and the fact that the professors/staff weren't very receptive to my subject doubts still plague my mind. I'm afraid this might happen again as I don't speak the best German. What I would like to hear from you: Your experiences on 'finishing something you've started' and then realized its not your best interest. Your advice also of-course.