What is Your GED® Journey?
You’re already on your journey to a GED® diploma even if you’re still at the beginning, wondering how you’re going to get there. Get guidance and motivation from the GED stories of people like you, and share your own story with the GED community.
GED Student Stories
Improving My English
Channy from California
I have always wanted to get my GED, but haven’t been able to since my baby was born. Having a baby has kept me stuck at home for so long. It’s hard to go back to school, and (Read more...)
I don’t know where to start. My friend always says to me, “Why don’t you go back to school? It can help you and your family.”
Every day I go to work, and I used to spend all of my off time with my kids. Now that they are in school, I really really want to help them with their homework, but my English is very poor. I feel so sad and worry about my kids’ future. I don’t want their life to be the same as mine, so I hope to get my GED, improve my English, and study whatever I want to study.
From the GED Academy: A lot of people get their GED because they want to the best for their family. You are not alone in wanting to improve yourself for the sake of your kids! It’s a wonderful that you are so dedicated, and we think you’ll be very glad that you took the initiative the make this change. We wish you the best of luck on your journey, and don’t forget that you can contact us if you have questions or concerns!
I Want to Study
Sara from Thailand
If I have a small problem, I can solve it with a cool head, but if I have a big problem, I’ll ask everyone around me what I should do.
I really want to study, and I (Read more...)
don’t want to sit in high school any more. I want a good job. That’s why I need my GED.
From the GED Academy: That’s great that you’re motivated to study! Take a practice test to see where you’re at, and then it’s just a matter of studying what you don’t know. Good luck! We know you can do it!
Translating Every Word
Futurgirl from Indiana
I would like to get a higher education from college and to have a good career. My family has helped me a lot by motivating me. My dad has helped me with math. My biggest problem though (Read more...)
has been language. English is not my first language, so I spent more time translating new words than studying.
I have many goals after I take my GED. I will go to college and find a high paying job.
I’m from Yemen and I speak Arabic. Everything here is very different to me: the people, the language, and the religion. I’ve had to translate almost every word I see to my own language, Arabic. I took classes, and this nice website, passged.com, has helped me a lot. I would like to thank everybody at this website. The teacher, Mr. Williams, and the friendly students in the courses.
From the GED Academy: Living in a culture that is vastly different from your own can be hard! It’s even more difficult when you need to educate yourself in a language you don’t understand. Translating each word as you go is hard and cumbersome, but you’re doing it! Take pride in your accomplishments! We know you’ll be attending college soon. Good luck, and thank you for letting us know how you’re doing!
I Want to Be a Nurse
Narinder from Washington
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 (Read more...)
class. I’m also taking a GED class, and need help with the English in it.
From the GED Academy: Becoming a nurse is a great aspiration. Since you speak a second language, that will help you in that field. Taking ESL classes will also help you with your GED. You’re on the right track! Keep going, and good luck!
We Can’t Afford to Eat
I want to get my GED for my family and for my future. It has been difficult. I’ve not been able to study, because my family doesn’t have enough money. Sometimes, we have (Read more...)
nothing to eat because my parents have no education. My father is a farmer, and my mother is a house wife. It’s very difficult, because I have a big family. My sister and brother never finished their studies. Someday I hope to so I can help support our family.
I have a long story of my life. I want to prove that I can help my family and stand on my own two feet. Someday, I want to be a nurse or a singer.
From the GED Academy: When there isn’t enough money to get food on the table each night, it can be incredibly difficult to focus on studying. There are programs out there that can help you financially, help you with your studies, and help you with your overall situation. It’s important to take care of yourself as best you can, or studying can become impossible. See if your family applies for programs that can help you get food and other necessities. It will take a lot of small steps, but you can absolutely do it! Good luck!
I can go to college!
Genelyn from Spain
How have your friends and family helped you? My family can’t help me with studying. That’s why I can’t finish school.
What problems have you faced? (Read more...)
I need to get a diploma, because I need to find work so that I can go to college.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? If I get a GED diploma, I can go to college. My dream is to become a nurse or a doctor. I hope I can do that.
Do you have more to your story? I can’t finish school, and I can’t speak English very well. I want to help my family. That’s why I need to get my GED.
From The GED Academy: You say that you can’t do a lot of things, but that’s not true. You CAN finish school. You CAN speak English well. You CAN pass the GED test! You just need some confidence and practice. Find organizations around your city that might be able to help you, or if none are available, look online. Find places to speak only in English and go to them every day. Tell yourself that you can do anything you set your mind to, and then do it! You can be a nurse. You can be a doctor! Just take small steps, and you’ll be sure to reach your goals. Good luck!
I’ve Forgotten a Lot
Laura from Texas
What motivated you to get your GED degree? I’ve been married for five years, and have two boys. One is four, and the other is one. My oldest wants to go to school. He always (Read more...)
asks me if I finished school, and I never answer his question. I don’t want him to have the same fate as me.
How have your friends and family helped you? My mother and grandmother are always inspiring me. They tell me that getting my degree or finishing school will get me somewhere better than where I am now.
What problems have you faced? I faced a lot of problems, like not having a job and not having enough money to get everything my kids need. I won’t be able to solve these problems either until I get my GED.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? I hope that I’ll be able to go to college and have a career. I want to show my son that I am someone—that I’m not just staying at home, doing nothing. I hope that by going to college and getting a good job, I will show my husband that I can do better.
Do you have more to your story? I will share more about my life, so that people who have the same problems can see that they can do it to. I dropped out of school when I was in the 8th grade because I was involved in drugs and other things. I thought that even though I was doing this, I could still have a good career, but I was wrong. Instead, I headed down the wrong path. I got married, and I thought that I was never going to need school because he worked. But I started to realize that I was forgetting a lot of things, like math, writing, and I am even forgetting English. So, you see why I am motivated to get my GED.
From The GED Academy: It is easy to forget things like math, writing, and English. When we forget the basics, it’s not only hard to get a good job, but to live our lives to the fullest. Without math, we might not realize that we overpaid at the grocery store. Without good writing and English skills, every day communication can break down. It’s easy to do too if your husband is working and making enough money to pay for the family. Don’t feel bad! These things will come back to you once you start studying. You’ve made the decision to turn your life around, and that’s a great start! Keep focusing on your goals. What career do you want to have? How will you get it? Plan out the specific steps you need to take in order to fufill your dreams, and then focus on each step, one at a time. Before you know it, you’ll be well on your way with the confidence that you can do anything you set your mind to! Good luck! And let us know how you’re doing!
Can an Asian Student Pass?
Sotheavy from California
What motivated you to get your GED? My cousin and my family motivated me to get the GED. I am an Asian who is now living in the USA, and I want to continue my studies in college. (Read more...)
However, I don’t have enough money for tuition. The only way I can afford it is if I pass the GED. Then I’ll be able to apply for financial aid.
How have your friends and family helped you? They have encouraged me. Even though it is hard, they tell me that if I keep on trying, I’ll eventually succeed.
What problems have you faced? I’ve had a lot of problems with the GED practice test. I checked out a GED book from the library and took the practice test. I got a lot of wrong answers, so I am not confident about passing the real test. I don’t know if the GED is too hard for Asian students to pass. I am very afraid that I can’t do it, and that I won’t be able to continue with college. If I go to school to study for the GED, will I be able to pass it then? Should I try to get my high school diploma instead? I don’t know which is easier to get.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED? I really want to get the GED because I want to continue my studies in college. If I get the GED, I’ll be able to get a good job and have a better life in the future.
Do you have more to your story? I first came to the United States just for five months. I’ve since then been allowed to live her permanently. I am still young, so I want to continue my studies, but I need financial aid to help me with college. So, I have two ways to get it. The first is to pass the GED, but I don’t know whether or not I can. I plan to study for 1 year before taking the test. The second choice is to enroll in high school for about 2 years. However, I don’t want to spend much time in high school. That’s why I’d rather get my GED. However, I don’t know whether an Asian student can pass it or not. I’m not very good at English. I really need help! Thank you for your time!
From The GED Academy: Congratulations on getting permanent residence in America! There are a lot of opportunities here! However, it is important that you really work on learning English well first. No matter how much you know, any test or education will be difficult if you have a hard time understanding English. There are a few documents you might be able to get in your own language, but in the long run, it’s a lot easier to go through the steps to learn English really well. Luckily, now that you’re in America, learning English isn’t too hard. Many people perfect their English by watching TV and movies. You can also read books, newspapers, or online articles. However, be careful with things that are online as a lot of unprofessional sites spell things wrong or use “internet slang” like “U” or “CYA“ instead of “you” and “see you,” If you use internet slang during a test, you’ll get a poor grade. Finally, you should let your friends and family know that you want to speak English whenever possible. There are many people who live in America, but still never learn English well because they still speak their native language with their friends and family all the time.
The GED doesn’t require that you have a formal American education. For instance, it won’t ask you to list off the presidents of the Unite States or know when certain American wars were fought. High school will require you to know those things, however. You definitely need to study for the GED, especially if you had difficulty with the practice test you took from the library. You can either enroll in a GED prep program at a college, or we also have one at passged.com. If you have trouble understanding the questions though, simply because you need to learn English better, put the GED on hold and work more on your English skills.
I Need Someone to Enlighten Me.
Chinedu from New York
I came into the U.S.A as an undergraduate from high school, final year to graduate I left my country. Now I’m anticipating forward to get my GED diploma in order to get to college (Read more...)
and finish my program for my future projection.
My family are really trying to help me both financially and otherwise to meet up with the idea of taking the GED test to get to college. I really thank them for their inspiration, help, and God’s inspiration too. I’m far away from friends now, I’m a novice in the country.
I’m encountering financial problems and educational problems on mathematics and language art reading. Right now most of the problems are unsolvable. Principally, though, I need financial help and someone to enlighten me with knowledge to make my life worth living, so I may help others, too.
Based on the goal and my performance, I need to get the battle over. I’m hoping for good merit, high credit to accomplish my need. My aspiration is to be a pharmacist, in fact, to find myself in the medical field.
I Need to Get a GED Diploma.
Naz from Virginia
What motivated you to get your GED? I need to get a GED diploma and I want to do more study. Some job are requiring a GED diploma.
How have your friends and family (Read more...)
motivated, helped, or inspired you? I inspired my self.
What problems have you faced? I need help in English learning and speaking.
What do you hope to achieve with your GED? My goal is to complete GED and some more study.
If learn more I can help with my kids’ homework. I can do everything myself. I don’t need help from anyone.
Life Is Short.
Lubna from New York
Four years before I came to this country with my husband. He was born and raised here. After 3 years he passed away & my inlaws kicked me out. Now I’m alone with my son. (Read more...)
That’s why I want to get my GED for my good career.
There is lots of problems, like I’m doing job after job, I’m studying, babysitter is taking care of my son. She is very nice but I have to pay rent & babysitter, and I want to complete my GED in one shot.
I want to go aviation. I want fly because life is short. Do live it like a king! Life is not bed of roses.
I Made It!
I’m very proud of myself to come this far. When I came to the United States I only had 7th grade of education, and English is not my first language. I didn’t (Read more...)
graduate high school, because my parents were very poor, they couldn’t afford to send me to school. I was very embarrassed to tell my friends, that I don’t have a high school diploma. When I met my husband I didn’t tell him that I don’t have a high school diploma. When his family asked me what kind of education I had, I told them that I finished high school in my country. But every time I told them lies, I could see their faces reaction that they knew I was lying. But they didn’t have any proof that I didn’t graduate high school, so I just ignore the shame that I felt about myself. I thought to myself, “I’m not just an illiterate person, but I’m also a liar.”
My husband always pursued me to go to college and take the placement exam so I can enroll into college. Every time he mentioned education to me it made me upset, then I started an argument, so he would change the subject. How could I tell him that I had been lying to him, and then maybe he would think that all I was telling him was lies. He trusted me so much that I didn’t want to ruin it. I keep telling him that I’m stupid, and he would just waste the money if he will send me to college. My husband didn’t listen to me ; he kept telling me that I was smart. So one night I told him the real reason why I didn’t want to go to college, it was because I didn’t finish high school. I was surprised of his reaction, I expected him to call me a liar, but he just told me I just have to get my GED. I felt a lot better after I told him my deepest secret.
I started going to the GED class twice a week. It was really hard for me to learn in the classroom because there were some people that were always talking and I couldn’t concentrate. Then one day I was on the internet searching about “The ways to study to pass the GED.” I found this website called passGED.com. I asked my husband to buy it for me. He said I have so many books, I can open up my own books store, but I told him this passGED.com is different. There’s a virtual class room and I think it will really help me. I promised him that if he would buy it for me, I’ll study a lot. My husband bought it for me and it’s the best decision I ever made.PassGED.com tells you all about the techniques how to pass the GED, and it really helped. Within a few months, I took GED exam for the first time, and wouldn’t you believe it, I passed, I’m so thankful to passGED.com, and I’m very proud of myself that I made it. Now, I’m in college I only have one week left of school, and I’m done with my first semester. I’m doing pretty well in college. I took four subject and I been getting A’s or B’s.
What motivated you to get your GED? I want to have more self esteem and a better opportunity in life.
How have your friends and family motivated, helped, or inspired you? They’re very helpful and supporting. They always told me that there’s nothing I can’t do if I put my mind to it. Especially my husband, he was always there for me when I need some encouragement. My parents-in-law they were there, to help watch my kids, so I can study.
What problems have you faced? I think the problems that I faced, when I lost my faith, but my husband always there for me to give me encouragement.
What do you hope to achieve with your GED? Right now I’m in college. I want to help my family in the Philippines. I want to send my nieces and nephews to school. I want my family generation to be educated. When I get a good job, I can do all this things, send my family money so they can continue to go to school.
I’m Looking for the Land of Opportunity.
Abdiqani from Washington
I would like to take a GED diploma because I want to go to college, and they told me you have to have either high school or GED to start at the college. This is why I need to get a (Read more...)
My family can’t help me that much because they are immigrants at the US, also they didn’t have that much education.
First, I need a teacher who helps me and teaches me, and I can do it. I hope if i get my GED I will continue my education up to University. I am from Africa. I have been in the US for five years, and I am willing to get the opportunity of the US. When I was in Africa I ALWAYS heard the US is the land of opportunities, still I am looking for them.
I Want to Learn.
Francisco from Washington
What motivated you to get your GED? I need my GED for my future job.
What problems have you faced? I want to learn reading.
The Good Future.
Fadumo from North Dakota
My name is Fadumo. I am from Somalia. I have 9 children. My dream is to have a GED, and after that I want to be a nurse.
Reason for Leaving School: Because I came to the (Read more...)
U.S. right now.
Reason to Get a GED: I want the good future.
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