Rachel from Oregon – 16
I had tried online school my sophmore year of high school. That did not work out very well as I did not get much help with the subjects I needed help with such as math. So, I ended up flunking even though I tried really hard to understand the stuff. My mom and I had a long talk over it and she thought it would be better to just get my GED instead of having to take a grade over again, thanks to them not helping.
My dad got his GED because he had to drop out to take care of his family. He told me that if he can do it, I can do it too. Continue reading
Dorothy from Fayetteville, NC – 56
I am very tired of wanting my GED diploma, but not even trying to get it. I need help in all areas, but I really want to be able to read, write, and spell with my grandchildren. I’ve tried to sit in a classroom, but my mind wanders too much. Then I lose my concentration. I just can’t keep up with those young people. Continue reading
Narinder from Othello, WA – 28
I just want to have a better future, so I’m currently working on getting my GED at BBCC. My dream is to become a nurse.
My English is not strong, and I’m taking an ESL class. I’m also taking a GED class, and need help with the English in it. Continue reading
Pedro from Waukegan, IL – 62
I lost my job ten months ago. Now I ‘m trying to get my own business by putting a daycare in my home. That is why I need my G.E.D. Diploma. I never had the opportunity to go to school. When I was a kid, my childhood was working at the fields with my dad. My three sons have good jobs and earn a lot money. I thought that if they could get their high school diploma, I could too. Why not?
The problems I have faced is that it’s hard to work and attend school at the same time. It is impossible to learn anything when a person is tired. I mostly need help algebra now. I don’t get it.
I hope to be able to handle my own business in my own home. I want to run a daycare. I like to work with kids. I would like to share my knowledge with those who need to know how to write and read in Spanish. Continue reading
Rashelle from Ballwin, MO – 24
I worked in fast food after I graduated from high school in my country. I want to get the GED to get a better job. I’ve always wanted to be a chef in a nice restaurant or on cruise ship. I’d also like to work in a hotel as a restaurant manager.
My friends have been helpful. They explained a lot of things to me, and also told me to go to an adult literacy or ESL class. My biggest problem is that I’m making minimum wage. I want to solve this by getting my GED. After that, it’s my dream to have a better paying job and be able to get U.S. citizenship. Continue reading
JJ from Dallas, TX – 24
I decided that I needed to get my GED because I have a daughter on the way. I’ve always been a procrastinator. I couldn’t do it for myself, but I found the strength to do it for my unborn daughter.
I was really inspired by my mother. I know it sounds cliche, but I wanted a better career. I know I can become anything if I put my mind to it. And now, thanks to passged.com, I passed my GED. It’s definitely a breath of fresh air and a huge monkey off my back! Continue reading
Jon from Utah
Jon Huntsman dropped out of high school to play keyboards in the band Wizard. Who would have guessed that years later he would become governor of Utah? After earning his GED diploma, Huntsman went to the University of Utah. He became a Mormon missionary in Taiwan for two years, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. After that, he began his career in politics. Huntsman became U.S. ambassador to Singapore in 1992. He served as governor of Utah from 2005 to 2009, and became ambassador to China in 2009.
Hussein from Maine
Somali refugee Hussein Ahmed came to Lewiston Maine ten years ago. He earned his GED diploma, but didn’t stop there. He went on to earn an associate degree and a bachelor’s from the University of Southern Maine. Ahmed now owns a grocery store and also an interpreter service, and he is studying for his master’s degree. Ahmed told the Bangor Daily News: “All these changes in my life happened right here in Maine. Now I’m part of the work force, I’m an employer.” The GED test was an important stepping stone to higher education and to success.
Maarcella from Montana
I’m native from Montana and would like to get a diploma or GED. I quit school to work to support 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. Continue reading
Ruth Ann from Delaware
Ruth Ann Minner earned her GED in Delaware in 1969. She is a grandmother, a former receptionist, and in 2001, became the 72nd governor of Delaware. Ruth Ann Minner was a widow with three sons when she took the GED test. She was working two jobs to support her family, and the GED test was an important first step in a long journey. She started a political career in 1974, as a representative in Delaware’s congress. She became lieutenant governor of Delaware in 1993, before being elected governor. She served eight years as Delaware’s governor. In her second inaugural address, Minner gave her philosophy: “for Ruth Ann Minner, farmer, gardener and daughter of a sharecropper, it is simply this: Work hard. Do the right thing. And leave things better than you found them.”