The past several years have gone by in a blur. It seems like yesterday that I was sitting in High School preparing for my next examination, when in reality it’s been nearly five years.
I had it all. I had the intelligence to make it pretty far, I had great teachers, and I had the right group of friends who didn’t hinder my learning experience. One thing I didn’t have though, was motivation and a will to succeed. My goal is to alter that mindset so that I can make a worthwhile living and one day provide for my family.
I woke up every morning with school being the furthest thing from my mind. Though I was in honors and AP classes, I took nothing away from the classroom because I would be thinking about what I’d do when school ended. Rather than coming home and doing my homework, I would sit my backpack down and immediately move onto something that I considered much more worthwhile: playing video games. It wouldn’t be until the next morning when I would see my backpack again. Continue reading
Angie from New York, NY — 21
I faced many situations in my life where a diploma was necessary: to get a better job or to start college.
My family supported me all the way with motivation and discipline whenever I was studying for the exam. We all need a little bit of support for this.
I dropped out of high school when I was a junior in high school. my parents divorced when I was little. I was always moving back and forth, so it was hard for me to focus when what I was always thinking was to get used to new places all the time. The credits to graduate also vary from state to state. When I saw that I basically had the amount of credits that a freshman would have when I was preparing for senior year, I was very embarrassed. It discouraged me a lot. I was always the kid that will copy homework off of anyone. The one that was always behind.
For me to see that most of the stories about GEDs are from people that have overcome incredible situations, such as young pregnancy or any type of situation that would cause them to drop out school… Well, I always thought to myself, “what was my excuse?” Laziness? Lack of interest? All those types of reasons that are not an excuse to give up so easy. When I started to study for my GED, maybe two years ago, I had to face a very hard fact: I was in an abusive relationship with a person who was so controlling. Even opening a book to study would cause a problem. So I couldnt concentrate. Continue reading