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Michael from California
Improved My Self Confidence

Michael from California

I have been wanting to get my High School diploma, since I left school at age 16. My wife was the wind beneath my wings. She convinced me that I could do this. Completing my GED has (Read more...)

given me a great sense of satisfaction and has really improved my self confidence. I believe I am more marketable. This course was instrumental in helping me achieve my goal of completing my GED. My wife and I feel like the people in this story have become like family. We are actually going to miss Leonard, Dwayne, Curtis, Maria, and Elizabeth. I couldn’t have done it without them.

From the GED Academy: We are honored to have you as an alumni. Your success story will definitely serve as inspiration to other students. Many people are intimidated by getting their GED after being away from education for many years. You are proof that it’s never to late to achieve an important goal! Thank you for choosing our program!

Channy from California
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!

Jennifer from Florida
I Don’t Know Where to Start

Jennifer from Florida

I have not yet got my GED. I dropped out in the beginning of the 10th grade, because I had to help my dad with his memory problems after he shot himself. I would go to school, then cut (Read more...)

cause I didn’t want to miss one second with my dad. Then I tried a GED school back in New York. I was going, but then there was a whole lot of gang members, so they closed down the school. After that I just kept taking care of my dad. Up to this day he’s still alive. However, now I have three kids of my own, and I can’t really help them with their homework. I always make sure they get that extra help in school, but I feel so bad that am not able to help them myself.

I don’t have many friends, and my family is never around. I feel like I don’t remember much, and if I try to take my GED now, I am going to need to start over ’cause I don’t think I am smart at all. On top of all that, I lost my hearing in my right ear. Every time I say am going to do something, I don’t know where to start. I back down. I’m scared to do it, because I don’t know how. So, I guess what I’m trying to say is to prove yourself wrong and try not to let your problems get in the way of your life.

From the GED Academy: Getting started is always the hardest thing to do. It’s not just you, everyone has troubles figuring out what to do first! The best thing to do is ask question. Don’t be afraid of looking stupid. Asking questions means that you’re searching for knowledge! It’s also great that you’ve helped your dad through his memory difficulties. Your father and children should be proud of you! Just keep on moving, and don’t let your problems get in the way! We know you can do it!

Imawesome from South Carolina
My Ticket to My Future

Imawesome from South Carolina

Many jobs are now asking for proof of high school education. I do not want to lie on the application and cost myself a job! Plus I have big plans of going to college! I think my life (Read more...)

just changed! Everyone told me that I could do it and I was smart! I kept hearing, “You shouldn’t have dropped out of school in the first place!” And boy, do I regret it. But glad that I found the motivation to go back and get it at 30yrs old!

I’m looking forward to college, more money and great experiences within the workforce! I’ll be able to say that I’m a High School Graduate and it feels so good! Do not give up! Whatever you do! Stay focused and get that “ticket” to your future!

From the GED Academy: You have a superb attitude towards attaining your goals! Your confidence will take you far, and we have no doubt that college isn’t far off. It’s good that you also have your sights set on workforce experiences. Keep up your positive approach, and you should have no problem getting your GED, and moving on the bigger things!

Sean from New Mexico
Tired of Being Left Behind

Sean from New Mexico

I’m tired of losing people I love because of my education, and I’m tired of being left behind. I’ve pretty much struggled all my life with difficult, low paying jobs. I (Read more...)

can’t take it anymore. Math is very hard. I don’t think I can even read a ruler that well. I really need to get my GED so I can have confidence in myself and encourage my son to stay in school.

From the GED Academy: It’s great that you’re starting off down the path to get your GED. The first step is taking a practice test so you can see where your current skills are. Math might be hard, but you could be surprised to know that there are other parts of the GED that you’re better at. Once you’ve figured out exactly what you need to study, get enrolled in a study program. With just a few months of studying, you’ll be on your way! Good luck! we know you can do it!

Nowadays You Need an Education


After a successful career and still young enough to start another one I really needed to get my GED in order to move forward. When I started working full time at the age of 15 a strong (Read more...)

back and a willingness to work hard was all you needed. Nowadays you need an education more than anything else to succeed. At the bare minimum a GED gets your foot in the door and allows you to go on to college.

At first, I didn’t want to tell anyone I was working on my GED: I was embarrassed. After a while I realized I needed their encouragement and motivation and told my children. Guess what? they where proud of me and even offered to help me with the math section. Working on your GED is nothing to be ashamed of. Many people for many reasons didn’t complete high school. Whatever your reason now is a good time to get your GED. Tell your fiends and family, if they care about you they will be supportive and provide inspiration.

My biggest hurdle was just getting started, I figured I could never do the math section, therefore I was doomed to fail before even getting started. I saved the math for last so that I would have a better idea of how to perform during testing. I eventually found myself enjoying the math practice lessons once I began to figure things out. Don’t worry about getting perfect scores just have fun, it will all start to sink in over time.

My goal was to gain the satisfaction of knowing that I could obtain my GED. I had been putting this off for the last 35 years. At 51 I feel like I have really accomplished something significant. Something that nobody can take away from me or minimize the importance of my accomplishment, I did this for me.

Don’t give up. Call the staff at the GED Academy or send them an email. Ask for their help and they will help get you through this. It’s not as hard as you think but it’s not simply going to be handed to you either. Study hard and you will achieve your goal. Very important: Read the sections on how to study, how to test and think smart and stay motivated. These sections I almost overlooked but found to be very helpful.

From the GED Academy: Thank you so much for your words of encouragement! Times have certainly changed, and they continue to change as education becomes more and more important in the world. It’s great that you were able to have a successful career, even without a GED! And now you’re going after even more. You’re truly an inspiration, and we hope you the best of luck on your future goals!

Patrice from Missouri
Nothing Stands in My Way

Patrice from Missouri

I dropped out of school in the 9th grade for many reasons. Mostly because no one in my family cared about my education or me. So why should I? Then I realized that nobody should care (Read more...)

about my education more then me!! I decided to go to job corps and get away from all. Since it was my education, then it should be my focus, and to do that nothing or no one should stand in my way.

I have been motivated with my own perseverance, against all the odds. My family pushed me to want to do more because they didn’t do enough. That forced me to fly or fall. My family wasn’t there for me. My mother didn’t want to deal with having to choose between her husband and her daughter. My older brothers both dropped out and have not returned to get their education. We moved at least once a year. My father was never there, and my mom was estranged from her family due to shame of what happened within ours. People may or may not change, but that doesn’t mean you can’t. It may be harder for some than others, but anything worth having is worth working for! You can do it! I am almost a graduate with an 8th grade education. Who would have thought? You can do it! It’s not just ability, it’s effort!

Problems have arisen in the form of my family not supporting me, depression, molestation, emotional neglect and abuse. I decided that if I stayed a victim, I could never be the victor. My success was not based only on my supporters, but my Faith in God. Facing my fears keep me from freezing in them. Success isn’t only measured in the rate it is achieved, but the fact you keep trying. The minute you stop trying is the moment you’ve lost, because you can’t accomplish what you don’t attempt.

I am 3 credits away from my A.S., and I’m working on my BSW which will lead to a LCSW. This will seal my future in a world of mayhem and propel my and my family’s success. It will offer them options in the future beyond just surviving it. Having faith in God opens the door to self motivation and fuels determination. Keep going! Your future isn’t determined by your past mistakes or pains you’ve suffered from the hands of others. Your future is determined by what you make of it!

From the GED Academy: It looks like you’ve had a pretty rocky life, but you’ve got a wonderful attitude! A social worker is a wonderful career to strive for, too! Just keep looking toward the future, and keep doing like you have been and you’ll be able to have everything you’ve ever wanted for yourself and your family. Good luck. We know you can do it!

Dorothy from North Carolina
Believe in Yourself

Dorothy from North Carolina

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. (Read more...)

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.

From the GED Academy: The only reason you can’t keep up with anyone is because that’s what you’ve been telling yourself all these years. You’re just as capable of learning as anyone is! We all learn differently. If you find it difficult to concentrate in class, a classroom environment might not be the best option for you. Research different ways you can learn. Talk to your friends and family and ask them to help you if you can’t find out on your own. You CAN get your GED! Just believe in yourself!

Pedro from Illinois
My Own Business

Pedro from Illinois

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 (Read more...)

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.

In my spare time, I like to make music, and I often speak in rhyme.

From the GED Academy: A daycare sounds like a great plan! And it’s true that there are a lot of people out there who want to learn how to read and write in Spanish. If you’ve got three sons who have been successful, then you will certainly be too! They can help you figure out some of the stuff you might not understand on your own too, like algebra. Good luck! We know you can do it!

Yendy from New Jersey
Ashamed of Who I’ve Become

Yendy from New Jersey

When I look into my father eyes, I see how sad he feels to see that his only daughter has yet to make it in life. My dad is now 66 years old.

The plans I’m making to pass the (Read more...)

GED is my secret. No one knows about it. Thanks to God, I’ve been able to have good jobs, however I know for a fact that I need to stop procrastinating and get my GED. I have potential, but as time passes I am starting to see myself in a negative way. My brain is not the same as it used to be. I am so forgetful lately, and I’m ashamed of who I’ve become. I want some peace of mind, and to be able to help humanity. It’s time to reposition myself for a better future.

I dropped out of school in the 7th grade, because I was abused by my brother to the point of having my front teeth knocked out. After that, when I went to school, the students all laughed at me. Since that day, I’ve never gone back. My dad never loved me, because I was too dark. He just doesn’t have it in him to give.

From the GED Academy: First of all, there’s no reason to be ashamed of who you’ve become! You are a person who is able to clearly see what you need to make a better life for yourself, and you’re taking action. That’s commendable! We all make good and bad choices in our lives, and those choices help to shape us and make us stronger. We should never be ashamed of those choices, but rather learn from the bad ones we’ve made and always strive to be better. You’re doing that! We applaud you, and wish you the best of luck in getting your GED!

April from New York
Troubles with Comprehension

April from New York

Let me start out by saying that I am 36 years of age. I have three very beautiful daughters and a very supportive fiancé. I am disabled, and I have tried in the past to obtain my GED (Read more...)

before and failed. Now that I have the support in my life, I feel I can achieve anything I put my mind to. My kids have always wanted me to get my GED, and I promised them I would at least try. My 18-year-old daughter is the first of my three kids to graduate. She has a tumor in her brain, and yet she pushes her way through school, has a job, and is getting ready to go to college. My 14-year-old has disabilities as well, and even though she struggles in school, she still passes all of her classes. My fiancé sees the potential that I have inside and tells me how much he would love to see me bring it to the surfice. They all stand behind me in my decision. I had to give up school because I was a teenage mom at 16. I’ve made several attempts to get my GED and have failed. With that in mind, I am so proud of myself for going after my GED with the support of my family and fiancé. Knowing all that, I know I can achieve it.

I have A.D.D., and I have problems comprehending what I read. I have solved my problems by fighting to get a diagnosis. Now I can work on taking care of my disabilty as well as obtaining my GED. I need more free literature on how to prepare myself for the GED test. I also need a teacher to work closely with me--one that I can call upon whenever I need help due to my comprehension issues.

I hope to have my diploma in hands and show every one that has ever doubted me that they were wrong. I want to be able to find a career that I can do out of my home. I want to better my life and make my kids proud. My goal is to practice--like I am now--take the test, and pass. Everyone should be able to have access to the knowledge they need in order to achieve their goals. My dream is have a financial stability for me, my kids, and my fiance.

I would like to thank everyone who has been there for me and supportive of me.

From the GED Academy: It sounds like you’ve raised some great kids! You and your entire family are fighters, and you don’t give up. That’s important! Stay strong, and keep trying. The more you learn about your disability and how to work with it, the easier it will be to study. Remember that not everyone learns the same. Good luck!

Patricia from Ohio
Working with Kids

Patricia from Ohio

I want to get my GED because I really want to work with kids. No one has motivated me, I’ve had to motivate myself.

From the GED Academy: Working with kids is a great (Read more...)

aspiration! Keep your final goal in mind as you work toward your GED to help you prepare. Good luck!

Mary from New Hampshire
It’s Been a Long Time

Mary from New Hampshire

What motivated you to get your GED degree? I need to get a job, but I don’t have a GED. It will help me get a good job.

How have your friends and family helped (Read more...)

you? They told me to get my GED now, so I can get a good job.

What problems have you faced? Well, I have not been in school for long time, so I have to read up on a lot of things.

What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? To get a good paying job. My hopes are to make money and have nice things. I want to make my life better.

From the GED Academy: It’s great that you’re choosing to go back and finish your education! It’s true that you might need to brush up on some things you may have forgotten, but if you find a good preparation class, they can help you start with the basics. Don’t worry, you’ll get it! Good luck!

Dana from Wisconsin
When I See My Kids…

Dana from Wisconsin

What motivated you to get your GED degree? I want to go to school to better myself, but I can’t because I haven’t been in school since 1994. I’m scared to death (Read more...)

that I won’t be able to remember anything. I have a fear that I won’t be able to pass the test, so I just let it go. I can’t find a good paying job. I feel like my husband looks at me like I can’t achieve anything, and I make excuses as to why I don’t want to get my diploma. It’s not that at all. I’m afraid of failing and not being good enough to pass this test. I haven’t studied in years.

How have your friends and family helped you? My family has not really helped me. They have told me I need my diploma, but they don’t push me in the right direction. When I got pregnant with my baby at 18-years-old, the same year I was to graduate, they gave up on me.

What problems have you faced? I was in a car accident when I was 17. I couldn’t remember a lot of things after that. I went into a deep depression and started looking at boys. I completely lost control of my dreams and engaged with a much older man than me who wanted all my time. I felt loved by him. School was on the back burner after that. It didn’t mean anything to me anymore. Then I got pregnant and dropped out. I was feeling guilty and didn’t want anyone knowing what I was going through, so I dropped out. I want help getting my diploma, but I have not attended school in years. I’m scared to death I will fail. I don’t think I can handle being rejected!

What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? I want to obtain my diploma so I can obtain better employment. I don’t want to live paycheck to paycheck. I want a nest-egg. I’m 34 years old. I want to be able to call up all my loved ones and tell them I accomplished something important to me. I want a better future for my children, and I want to show them their mom is somebody to feel proud of. This is so important to me. My dreams are to go to school and hopefully get into the medical field. I love helping people anyway I can. I lost my previous husband due to a tragic event, and now it’s just me. I was young when I lost my kids due to depression. I have 2 years before they come home, and I want them to be proud of their mom. My story is hard to tell, but I’m writing it to strangers that I hope will take me into consideration. I need God to give me a brake and make me feel like there is hope, because right now I don’t feel it.

Do you have more to your story? When I was 20 years old, I was going through so much with my kids. A diploma was the last thing on my mind. My kids came first. I was in a really bad, abusive relationship with my daughters’ father that the law had been called to my resident’s many times. Then social workers got involved, and no matter what I did, they still found away to take my kids away. Four years later, after they drained me and my family mentally and financially, we had no money left. I had no choice but to say goodbye to them. The last time I saw them my oldest was 4 years old and my baby 2. I have not seen them since, but I’ve always had faith that I would see them again. Next month, my oldest will be 17 years old and my youngest 15. I will wait as long as it takes, but I need to make something of myself before they come home. Their father left them at such a young age due to self harm, and all they will have is me. I want them to know I’ve always loved them and can’t wait to see them soon with my diploma.

From the GED Academy: It can be very scary going back to school after a long time, but it’s not at all impossible! You might need to take things a little slower, and relearn some of the things that you learned in high school, but it won’t take long for you relearn what you’ve forgotten! Find some local GED prep courses, or check out our online courses. They’ll teach you what you need to know at a pace that’s best for you. It can be done, and you can do it! You’ll have your diploma and be on your way to a brighter future! Good luck!

Keith from New Orleans
It Seems Hopeless

Keith from New Orleans

What motivated you to get your GED degree? I am tired of being on disability after hurting my back working construction. I need training in a different field of work (Read more...)


How have your friends and family helped you? No, they have graduated high school and still ask me how to spell words.

What problems have you faced? I was never really good at advanced math or the structure of the English language. I should have taken my GED while i was in the army. I had to get a 80% or higher on ASVAB to join. I have forgotten to much of what I learned to pass the GED. I took the test five years ago and failed the English and math parts. They sent me to classes but they were a joke in New Orleans. I quit after two months.

What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? I hoped to get my GED so I can train for a new career, but that seems hopeless now. I cant answer five questions on each of the parts of practice tests. On the reading parts, I can’t remember what I read when i get to the end of the paragraph. That is why I can’t compare which sentence fits best because I cant remember what I read. I am not mentally in the same category as a disconnect notice from power company.

From the GED Academy: First of all, you CAN pass the GED! If you’re having troubles, you just haven’t figured out what works for you yet. You do need to find some preparation courses before you take the test. Even someone who aced high school would likely have forgotten a lot of what they learned by their 40´s. Look for an online option if local schools aren’t working.

The GED Academy is a great choice because it helps you understand how to take the test too. For instance, you should read the question in the Reading test before reading the passage, so you know what to look for. If there’s five questions, you should read all five a few times before reading the passage. And grammar and math is just a matter of memorization. Again, if you take some preparation courses and go over the materials you’re not sure on a few times a night, you’ll find the GED a lot easier!

Stay at Home Mom


What motivated you to get your GED degree? I am divorced, have 2 teen boys, and I barely make ends meet with the money I make being a hairstylist. I’ve gone out looking for (Read more...)

a job where I can make more than minimum wage, but it requires a degree or a high school diploma . I decided that if I am going to make it, I have to get my diploma.

How have your friends and family helped you? Both my friends and family support me 100% . My brother is always telling me not to talk about it, just go out and do it.

What problems have you faced? I am 42 years old and not getting any younger. With the change in our economy, it has definitely made an impact on my finances. I need a change of career, but without a GED I can’t get the education or job I want.

What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? I hope to gain financial stability. I want to get into the medical field. My dreams are to one day be able to work in a doctor’s office or hospice, or to be able to help someone who is dying. We will always need doctors and nurses. I don’t know where this road will take me, but one day I will look back and say I did it.

Do you have more to your story? I got married the summer before the last year of high school. In order to make it easier for my relationship with my husband, I quit and went to night school. I didn’t finish it, though . After my first child was born, I decided to go to college. It was a chance to get my GED and a degree in Accounting . This too failed because I became pregnant with my second child. I decided that, if I was going to be a stay home at mom, I was going to work from home. I went to beauty school where I got my cosmetology license.

From the GED Academy: It sounds like you have a good foundation for getting your GED. You have lots of support and have already succeeded in getting your cosmetology license. Working with people all this time as a hairstylist sounds like a good stepping stone for getting into the medical industry. You know how to work with clients and understand what it is they need. Like your brother says, it’s best to get going, rather than talk about it. Take a practice test, see how you do, study on your problem areas, then take the test and you’re on your way! Good luck!

Sylvia from Virginia
I Need a GED

Sylvia from Virginia

What motivated you to get your GED degree? Because I want to get a good job and make money.

How have your friends and family helped you? Because people look at me and (Read more...)

say I need to get my GED and a good job.

What problems have you faced? I have a hard time doing classwork.

What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? My husand is sick, and I want my GED to help him and reach my goals.

From The GED Academy: You’re on the right path! Find a good study program, and keep your eyes on your goals and you’ll have your GED in no time. Good luck!

Hazel from Georgia
Math is a Problem

Hazel from Georgia

What motivated you to get your GED degree? I have been trying to get my GED.

How have your friends and family helped you? Just me.

What problems have you (Read more...)

faced? Math is a problem. I’m afraid that I won’t pass it.

What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? I hope to attain the goals that I’ve always wanted.

From The GED Academy: Math is a tough subject! But it’s not impossible. If you take some practice tests and find out exactly what you need to study in order to pass, it’ll feel a lot more manageable. Find some groups to help you study. Studying with someone else can always help keep your interest. Try different ways of studying, and if something isn’t working, don’t keep banging your head wondering why it’s not working. Try something else! Good luck!

I’m Embarrassed to Go to GED School


I’m 50 years old and I’m really smart and a fast leaner. I’m embarrassed to go to GED school. No one knows I have no diploma. I know people I don’t trust a (Read more...)

living sole to share this with. I can read extremely well, my spelling is fantastic and I have an awesome vocabulary for a person in my situation. Most people think I’m college educated based on how I carry myself. The only problem I feel would hold me back or slow me down is my math. I only know basic math. Everything else I’m good at. I love science. Have you got any suggestions for a person like myself? I can contribute a lot to our world by helping people because this is one of my specialties. I feel awkward when people with degrees feel inferior of my presence. I’m a very confident individual. I also wanted to say I have accomplished and sneaked my way through educational programs and jobs. Now at my age I would like to earn my degree and help people who never had a chance in education like me. When I was a kid, no one never helped me with my homework, nor did they care. Not one single family member attended my eighth grade graduation and not one person said congratulations. Please give this note to a dean and let’s see who cares. I had a ton of grown up responsibility from age 10 through age 22 after my mom passed away. Everyone has a purpose in life. Unfortunately, I was ignored. So, how can I obtain math skills without the embarrassment, and what adult would take the time to teach another adult? Waiting to hear from one of your top professionals with an answer. I’d rather talk with an experience person that cares.

From The GED Academy: The only person who can cause you to feel embarrassment is yourself. If you hold your head up high and take pride in the fact that you’re getting your education, it doesn’t matter what people say or think, right? You’ve already come so far without a GED. Let that be the foundation, and know that with an education, you can only go farther. Shrug off naysayers and do what you want. It’s not their life, it’s yours.

If you don’t want to attend adult education classes, there are online options. You can either take GED specific classes, or use a search engine to find specific problems, like if you’re having troubles dividing algebraic equations. No matter what option you choose though, in a classroom environment, NO ONE will look down on you. You’re taking steps forward to better your life, and to help others. That’s a noble goal, and you have no need to feel embarrassed.

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