Joshua from Missouri – 17
What motivated me to get my GED was my little sister. After I dropped out, she kept asking questions like, “Why aren’t you going to school anymore?” and “Is it okay for me not to go to school?”
I also inspired myself. After many years of living wrong and doing everything halfway and sloppy, I finally decided that’s enough. I wanted to get my life on track. My father was my go-to person for questions and support to keep moving forward towards my goal. Continue reading
Pabrah from New York – 26
I did not drop out of school. I never gave up trying to pass grade 12 since 2006 in South Africa. I just couldn’t get it and kept failing. I decided to work for a call center which my parents recommended to me.
When I came to New York in 2012, I knew I needed to continue with my education. I heard about a GED program, then immediately decided to try it. It was not easy at first, because I had to be put on a waiting list for enrollment. They never called me back. Continue reading
Katy – 58
My mom and my family have motivated and inspired me to get my GED. I really hope I can go on to college once I get it. Continue reading
Robert from Florida
I hope to one day get certified in welding. First I have to catch up though, since I’m so far behind. Continue reading
Mable Ann from Georgia – 21
I realized that I want to make a change in my life. I want to succeed, and I realized that I have the confidence to get my GED. My friend’s cousins have always motivated me and inspired me to take it.
I always felt nervous about higher education. I felt like I would drop out of college, and that I wouldn’t succeed in life. But I hope I can get my GED, then move on to attend Georgia’s number one college, and finally get a good job. Those are my goals and dreams in life. Continue reading
Paula from Indiana – 42
I was tired of struggling in poverty. I want to be a good example to my sons and make my family proud. I want to increase my confidence. I was so humiliated by not having a good education. I want to feel respected for once in my life.
My mother always pressed for me to better myself. I have a wonderful boyfriend who is inspiring and motivating me to further my education. He told me he believes in me and that I can do this. I want to be a mother that my sons will be proud of, not ashamed of. I want to show the ones who said I’d never amount to any thing that I can. Continue reading
Idell from California – 19
What motivated me to get my GED is I wanted to further my education. I want to go to school to become a preschool teacher, and in order to do that I have to acquire a GED. This is the only thing that is holding me back. I passed all the sections except for math, and I can’t seem to get it right, but all of my family, my therapist, and my girlfriend have been supporting me really well. Still I get those days when I’m studying that I get discouraged and start crying because I feel like I can’t do it. I take my test on Wednesday, and that will be the second time that I take it this year. I failed the first time by 10 points, so hopefully I will pass this time. Then I can get my GED certificate and move on to help little kids. I try my best to pray, because in the end only God can see the future, and if it’s meant for me to have it, then I shall. If I don’t, it just means that I have to study more. Wish me luck! Continue reading
Salahdine from Georgia
When I dropped out of High School, I was working at Kroger (a grocery store near my house). I was just a bagger. I realized I couldn’t do this for long. I wanted to be the first person in my family to go to college. I started studying, got into a program called Paxen Learning Program, and got all the help I needed in 5 weeks.
My mom always pushed me to improve my life. She showed me how important it would be to at least have a GED. I had problems at home—arguments, etc.—but I didn’t let that stop me. I knew what I wanted and how I was going to get it, so I stuck with it. Continue reading
Remington from Michigan
I had two jobs about a year ago, and it took me forever to find them. The only reason I got the jobs was because my grandmother pulled some strings and got me hired. Both my bosses said to me “Remy you are a good worker and we love having you, but since you don’t have a degree or a GED, we would not have hired you. We would have trashed your application.” So I decided that I needed my GED, and I needed it badly.
No one really helped me. I mean they told me how much I needed it, but once I started to get the ball rolling, I just kept going. If they did try to motivate me, I didn’t notice. Continue reading
Salud from Florida – 46
I didn’t want my children to use me as an excuse to think it was ok not to get an education. They were 3 and 7 at the time.
My children were my inspiration and cheered me on every step of the way. They kept telling me I was the smartest person they knew.
I was born in Australia to Spanish immigrants. When I was 10 and in 6th grade, we moved to Spain. Unfortunately, by not speaking the language fluently, not knowing how to write in Spanish, and lack of classroom space, I was put in 3rd grade. After changing schools every year and a half, I found myself back in the 6th grade at age 13 and in a new school with only 2 months left of the school year. Continue reading