I'm a senior at an American university, studying engineering. The most recent comments made really hit home for me. I just had to finally register and post. I had very high expectations for higher education as well, though in a slightly different parallel : I thought everyone would be intelligent and inquisitive and not just scrape by, on 'I'm just trying to not run out of Give A Crap'. However, though that was the original intent of me going to school, to learn more, I've stayed for some of the relationships I've formed. I've helped start and run a student organization, all sorts of crazy stuff I'd never thought I'd do but am better for. There is much to be said for that.
Yes, sometimes that particular university may not fit you. Sometimes it's simply because you may not live on campus and thus really must interact with others. Other times the atmosphere and personality of the university and it's students are not suitable for who YOU are. This doesn't mean, however, that all is lost. I don't really know what your options are for other universities, but if possible, maybe go on a couple visits if you have free time, try to get a tour. Bear in mind that they may only show you the good side of the coin, but talk to the students if you can, ask them what they think honestly. There are always options for you, I should hope.
That said, if you feel you need to abandon Crimson Dark to pursue your goals, DO IT. But if it keeps you happy and sane, try to fight for it. As a student there is a fine balance to work and play, but there must be a balance. Talk to your professors, show an interest, and they will be more interested in helping you do what YOU want to do. I realize I've been rambling and speaking vaguely, but I feel as though I may not know enough to say exactly what needs to be said.
Your readers care about you. I care. If you feel like I could help in any way, just to talk, whatever, send me a line at
Nessus786 *a.t. gmail-dot-com