I am a high school drop out, everyday goes by and I wish I could go back and re-do all of it. It had all started when I was 15 years old. I had gotten pregnant with my first child Kaylee, so i dropped out because I did not have any support or babysitter. Then I had gotten pregnant with my second child at 17. To make a long story short, I had gotten married at 18 and also had 4 daughters by the age of 20. All I would like to do is get a diploma and make a better life for my children.
I want to get my GED so that I can make a better life for my family, especially because I have my 4 daughters, my husband, my 2 brothers, and myself to support.
Kayla Williams, 21, Bellaire, Ohio
Kayla, you can definitely get your GED. Because you dropped out of school at a fairly young age, you probably need a little bit of studying to catch up. Since you have so much responsibility in your life, you need every advantage you can get…and the GED is a great advantage in today’s job market. Plus, going after your GED will set a great example for your young children.
The first step is to take a practice test…see how you would do on the GED. You might be able to pass some sections right away! That will narrow down what you need to study. Then…find a study program that works for you. Something that’s easy to fit into your life. Something that you won’t put off, or make excuses for not doing. This takes a commitment…you have to stick with it. So pick something that you can fit into your life, whether it’s classes at a local community college or an online study program. Set aside a little bit of time to study every day. Start studying the easiest subjects first. That way, you can get them out of the way before starting to focus on the more difficult ones. Pretty soon, you’ll be ready to pass all the tests.
This is do-able! Make a commitment today to get your GED, for your family and for yourself. Don’t let “I can’t” or “I don’t know how” stop you. And come back to let us know when you get your GED!
The GED Academy
I’m native from Montana and would like to get a diploma or ged. I quit school to work to suport myself. I want my ged because school these days is very important to me. I also need it for working. These days you have to have a diploma, even just to get a job. Even to wash dishes.
I would like a good job so we can afford to go places.
Maarcella Roth, 53, Elmo Mt
Thanks for sharing your story! It’s true…times have changed. Many people who quit school years ago to start working have found it harder and harder to find a job…and a good job is almost impossible to find! Without a diploma, even if you can find a job, you’ll likely make less money than people with a high school diploma or GED…and the difference in salaries seems to get larger each year. That’s why the GED is so important…to give everyone a second chance.
Getting your GED is pretty simple… you can probably already pass some of the tests. I’d start out by taking a practice test, just to see what the test is like and what you need to study. Then, find a good program or book to study with… it doesn’t have to take a lot of time, just an hour a day. And when you’re ready, just take the test! The official GED test is not given online, only at official testing centers, and many “online diplomas” are fakes, so be cautious about online high school degrees.
Good studying! The GED really isn’t that far away.
The GED Academy
I had recieved my High School Diploma on Novmeber of 2007. I dropped out of High School because I was not treated like an adult, and that is what I expected. I figured it was going to be so much better than Middle School, but I was wrong. I was pushed to my limit and blew up. My anger got the best of me. I then realized that it was time for me to leave and find a new way. I then told my mother that it was either I dropped out or got expelled. We then sat down a talked about what would happen after that. At first she wasn’t very sure about it because of my 3 older brothers and sisters who had also dropped and but didn’t recieve their GED. I then told her she could trust me. So the next day dropped out and enrolled. Since then I now work two jobs, help my family, and am getting ready for college inÂ August. For those of you that don’t agree or just simply have difficulty with your High School I suggest that you go get your GED.
It will do you wonders.
Mariah, 16, Colby, Kansas
Hi, my name is Danielle and for a long time I felt like I didn’t have a name or identity. I really did not know who I was or where I was going. I was stuck in a dead end job paying minimum wage and I was afraid to explore other opportunities because I did’t finish school or get my G.E.D. It was hard because I was out of school for 12 years. I forgot everything and had to learn all over again, but practicing and studying really helped me. In science I got 520, reading 560,Â writing 520, social studies 480, math 500, yes I am so happy!
I left school because I got pregnant and was on bed rest. I did not go back after I had the baby.
I got my GED because I wanted a better life, I wanted my family to be proud, but most of all I wanted to prove to myself I am smart and I can overcome any obstacle with GOD at my side.
Don’t ever let no one tell you, you can’t. I am proof “yes you can,” don’t give up and when things get hard, and they will, remember you are worth it!!
dbryant, 32, Philadelphia