This is a more personal response to chenvictor's journal (and especially the comments following) - I wanted to keep it separate from the intellectual debate.
First, a quick recap of the Quebec school system. We have 5 years of high school, 2 years of CEGEP, and then 3 years to a bachelor's degree due to equivalencies, and from there the sky is the limit as far as degrees are concerned.
I'm currently in a Media Arts program - I study art history, photography and cinematography. I cannot, however, take math or science courses in my program. If I do, they have no "real" credit when I leave CEGEP. They show up on my transcript but have no grade associated. (yes, this is completely stupid)
Essentially, this closes a lot of doors for me. I can't directly pursue a degree in business as most of my classmates can. My only real options are to swap programs (and add another year...), take night classes somewhere else (8 courses + a job do not allow me to do this without huge sacrifices as far as my personal life goes), take catch-up in university (most likely option) or pursue a career in the arts.
So I'm stuck between the last two. And while I would honestly love to spend my life making art, I really don't think I have the potential to make a successful career from it. I mean, my work is above par compared to most of the others in my program (the majority only being in it because they're lazy), but my potential as a "real" artist is quite limited. On the other hand, I'd be able to live comfortably if I worked in another field.
While the disillusionment as far as my own ability is the real bitch, the choice I made a year ago will now force me to take extra time to be able to study in another field.
So, I wish I hadn't been given the option of dropping everything, because it was a foolish mistake and one I will have to pay for.