Yeah I guess I really shouldn't compare myself to others. But I can't help it, I've had to drop a bunch of courses this past semester and now everyone else in my program will be a 3rd year, while I will still be a 2nd year.
They are also working, while I should be looking for summer jobs.
You said it yourself hun, you can't compare yourself to others. No one has the same backstory, and hey, so what if you are a year behind, you are still doing it. It's very understandable, and actually I'm proud of you for studying at all. You're doing great hun.
You are not a failure! Staying back a year, being jobless, these things don't make you worthless! You are a goodhearted friendly person which is much more important! Right? I don't have a job either but hey, I'm not hurting anyone, and that's better than many evil people who call themselves "human". People judge others based on all kinds of ridiculous "surface" things, but as @ThePhantomLady says, no one has the same backstory.
Let us know how the short term counselling goes, good luck with everything!