Mercedez from Harrisburg, PA – 17
What motivated me to get my GED was my son and my daughter. I got pregnant at 14 with my son. Now I’m 17 and pregnant with my daughter. I tried to stay in school, but because my son needed medical attention, I was barley able to keep up in school. Once I got pregnant with my second child, I realized I needed to do something now. That’s when I decided to get my GED.
I don’t have many friends or family, but the people who are involved with my son have cheered me on along the way.
While I was studying for my GED, I was working and taking prep classes. Once my pregnancy became high risk, I had to leave work. I then lost my ability to keep my child in daycare which was what allowed me to take the prep classes. I was forced to immediately take my last three tests. I passed two, but still have to retest one. Continue reading
Jazzibel from Bethlehem, PA - 22
What motivated me to get my GED are my 3 beautiful kids. And the strong will to become a nurse. Since I was a child I had always enjoyed helping others.
My husband and children are my motivation to continue on this fulfilling journey to accomplishing my dreams. I got my GED march 14th 2011/ And was top of my class.
Well for starters, I had never planned on ever getting my GED. I had high hopes of graduating high school. And walking down the aisle in front of a huge crowd earning my diploma, while my parents and family were there to cheer me on. Well, that all changed when I got pregnant at 16 years old. I honestly thought I had met my prince charming. But now I realize how far from the truth that really was. I come from a rather wealthy family that always expected perfection from me. Continue reading
City and State: Philadelphia, PA
What motivated you to get your GED degree? I always knew I needed my diploma.
How have your friends and family helped you? My family was always there helping me study and telling me to never give up.
What problems have you faced? I have taken all my GED exams and passed all but one: math. I’ve taken it 8 times in the past 3 years, and I don’t know what to do. I have taken classes and studied in every way.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? I hope to continue my education and find employment. I’m not getting any younger. Continue reading
City and State: Normalville, PA
What motivated you to get your GED degree? I have tried this several times, but as I get older, I just want finish it. I have allowed others to pull me down in life. Now I want to fly high with the birds. I know if I put my mind to it, I can and I will do this.
How have your friends and family helped you? My daughter has inspired me the most. She is the love of my life. She is attending a collage, holding a 98.4 grade average, and her strength is just so remarkable. I want so much to make her as proud of me as I am of her. Continue reading
City and State: Pittsburgh, PA
What motivated you to get your GED degree? I always knew I needed one. I’ve been in and out of training to get my GED since I was 18. Now I’m 37.
How have your friends and family helped you? They kept on reminding me that I could do it.
What problems have you faced? Math has been my only obstacle.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? Once I get my diploma, I want to get into computers. There’s this commercial about a particular school that I want to attend. I called and went on a tour of the school. I almost joined, but when they asked me about my high school diploma or my GED, I had to tell them I didn’t have one. I felt so embarrassed that I walked out and didn’t look back. Now when I see that commercial, the passion in me about computers boils over, because for the first time in my whole life, I know what I want to do, but I have one huge thing holding me back. It’s not the GED. It’s myself… To be continued when I finally get my diploma. Continue reading
City and State: Manheim, Pennsylvania
What motivated you to get your GED? I had to end high school only having a 10th grade education due to mental health problems. I got pregnant a year after that and was unable to attend school. My daughter is 8 months old, and she deserves more from me than what I’ve settled for. She changed my life. She made me believe in myself, and now I need to give her more. I want to believe in myself as much as she does. Continue reading
I am a 25 year old mom of 4. Three of my kids are going to school this year so I thought it was time for me to go back. I got married at a young age, left my home to go help his mother out, and ended up getting pregnant and just never went back until now. I want to get my GED to better myself, and show my kids anything is possible if you put your mind to it. I also want to get my GED so I can go to college for an ER nurse. I am making a goal for myself to get my GED in 6 months. That way by the time I am 30, I will already be out of college and doing a career. My dream is to go through school. It’s just time.
Monica, 25, Ninticoke, PA
Congratulations. You’ve got a solid goal: GED in six months. You can do it! Lots of people get their GED every year, and this year is your year. Just work at it a little bit every day. Start by taking a practice test to find out what you need to study. And if you think you can pass a couple of the tests, go ahead and take them…get your passing scores, and get them out of the way! Study the things that are easiest first, so that you’ll get a few tests done and can focus on the harder ones by themselves. It’s easier, and it’ll keep you motivated to know you’ve passed some of the tests.
Since your children are starting school, this is a great time to get your GED. It will help your children appreciate school to see their mom working on her education. We hear from a lot of mothers that their children do better in school when they see that their mom values education. That’s a gift that will help them throughout their lifetimes!
Come back and let us know when you get that GED!
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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