What is Your GED® Journey?
You’re already on your journey to a GED® certificate 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
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!
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 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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
I Used to Drink and Do Drugs
Joe from California
What motivated you to get your GED degree? I moved here from the Fiji Islands 6 years ago with my wife and two daughters. We had two more boys (one is two years old, and the other (Read more...)
is seven months old). I have been struggling to make ends meet for the past few months. We lost our vehicle to the bank, and yes, we have been through a lot the past few months. I came to realize that I had to get my GED in order to enable me to take college courses that will help me find a better job and a better life for my beloved family.
How have your friends and family helped you? My eldest daughter graduated High School last year, and ever since, she’s been encouraging me to get my GED.
What problems have you faced? I used to drink and do drugs. I quit one year ago, thanks to my eldest daughter who helped me.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? I want to provide a better life for my family and encourage other people to do this.
From The GED Academy: That’s wonderful that your daughter has recently graduated! And also that she can be an inspiration and encouragement for you. It always helps to have friends and family who support you. Don’t be afraid to ask your daughter for help studying if you need it. Having just graduated from high school, she is one of the best resources there is! Good luck with your studies, and let us know when you pass!
I love the Medical Field
Michelle from Colorado
What motivated you to get your GED degree? I want better for my 10-year-old daughter. I’ve had good jobs in the past, but what I really what is to become a LPN. I’ve (Read more...)
worked as a CNA for many years, and the pay is not as good as an LPN. The medical field is what I LOVE, and without my GED, I can’t become an LPN or a nurse. I’ve always been in trouble for the most part of my life — in and out of jail. Becoming a CNA was a start, but I want more for myself. Thats why I considered getting my GED. I’m 40 years old, and you’re never to old make changes to your life.
How have your friends and family helped you? I have no friends or family to keep me motivated. My daughter is the one person who keeps me strong.
What problems have you faced? The problems I’ve faced are financial. I need more money to pay all of my bills.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? What I hope to get from getting my GED is to have what I truly want out of life, and to not look back to the past! I want my daughter to know that what I did was all for her and myself. I want my daughter to know that you can do anything you put your mind too!
Do you have more to your story? No, that’s all! I just want to better myself.
From The GED Academy: You’re definitely on the right track! It takes a lot of hard work to go out and find good jobs when you don’t have a GED, and you’ve been working as a CNA. You’ve also discovered that you love working in the medical field! That’s a lot to discover and do! So, give yourself a lot of credit for that! The next step is a GED and LPN training. If you look at what you’ve already accomplished, you’ll realize that you can absolutely do it! Good luck! Let us know when you pass.
Never too Old for Dreams
Gayhart from Florida
What motivated you to get your GED degree? I was going back to school and had to stop. I wish I hadn’t. I know now that it will take a lot of time, but I’m thinking (Read more...)
about starting all over. I don’t have anything holding me back but myself.
How have your friends and family helped you? My daughter said, “Mom, we need to get our GED together.”
What problems have you faced? I was more or less falling apart. When I was young, going back to school was the best thing I did, but I was scared. I know that this time, I’ll need a lot of help. This is where it starts.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? To show me that I’m not stupid. I have a long way to go, but I’m ready to try–to make it this time. I’m 54 years old, but you’re never too old to have dreams.
Do you have more to your story? I have all the time in the world to learn something new. My kids are all grown up now. It’s time for myself. Time to do something for me!
From The GED Academy: You’re right, it is time for you! Once the kids are grown up, it’s time to start thinking about what’s best for you! Getting a GED is a great start! It might take a little bit of studying to get yourself there, but it will be worth it in the end! Good luck! We know you can do it!
My Passion is Boiling Over
Colin from Pennsylvania
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.
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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.
From The GED Academy: You’re right, you’re the one who’s holding you back. Realizing that is a huge step toward not only getting your GED, but getting many things in life! It’s also very hard to work hard for something when you don’t have a clear goal in mind as to where it’s going to take you. Now that you know what you want, use that passion you have about computers and you’ll find it much easier than ever before! But do remember that it still takes a lot of work and determination on top of having a clear goal in mind. Good luck! Keep us updated!
Helping my Children
Karen from South Carolina
What motivated you to get your GED degree? I have two children in school that need my help on their homework, and I need a good job.
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helped you? Yes, my friend told me that I need to go back to school.
What problems have you faced? I need help in every subject.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? I would love to better my life and get a better job.
Do you have more to your story? I want to show my friends and family that I can do it by getting my GED.
From The GED Academy: If you need help, there are lots of programs out there to help re-educate you so that you can pass. Check to see if there are local adult education GED preparation programs, or you can sign up for programs online. Then, with just a little bit of studying each day, you’ll be ready to take the test sooner than you think. Good luck!
My Life Could Have Been Different
What motivated you to get your GED degree? I left school at the age of 14. I’ve always wondered what it would have been like if I had finished school—how different my life (Read more...)
could have turned out.
How have your friends and family helped you? My two daughters has always eccouraged me to go back to school. They are my source of inspiration. I’ve also got some wonderful friends who are with me all the way.
What problems have you faced? My major problems are the maths and sciences.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? I would like to go to college. I want to be a social worker for victims of abuse.
From The GED Academy: Congratulations on the decision to go back to school! It’s a tough decision to make when you’ve been out for a while, and a social worker is a great aspiration! Luckily, to pass the GED, you don’t need to memorize the table of elements or know the molecular formula of sodium chloride. Rather, the science portion of the test gives you information, and asks you to use logic to deduce why things works the way they do. You should take some practice tests to see how you do on the science portion. Math might be a little harder, but if you take it slow and easy, and enroll in a good prep program, you’ll be able to get it. Just keep studying, and let us know when you pass.
Susie from Michigan
What motivated you to get your GED degree? I realized I needed my GED because I have a lot of problems with grammar, spelling, and reading. I haven’t been in school since (Read more...)
How have your friends and family helped you? All I have is my mom. She has motivated me. We’ve always been friends.
What problems have you faced? When I have problems, I go running and crying to my mom.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? I’ve always wanted to be a police officer.
Do you have more to your story? I’m a black belt in TaeKwonDo.
From The GED Academy: A black belt in TaeKwonDo? That’s impressive! And it shows that you really have what it takes to achieve your dreams! A police officer sounds like it would be a great job for you! As a black belt, you could also possibly get a job helping to instruct other students. Enroll in a good GED prep program to work on your grammar, spelling, and reading, as well as some other subjects you might want to brush up on, and you’ll be on your way. You know you can do it, just keep at it like you did with TaeKwonDo. Good luck!
To Better My Life
Talisha form Texas
What motivated you to get your GED? To better my life and to increase my chances in a good career.
From The GED Academy: The GED is the first step. Study hard, (Read more...)
and you can do it! Good luck!
I Need My GED
Diane from Florida
What motivated you to get your GED? I need my GED to better myself for my grandchildren.
What problems have you faced? I need to find a job to help take care of my (Read more...)
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED? To take up a trade.
From The GED Academy: Good luck with getting your GED!
I Want to Go to College
Linda from New York
What motivated you to get your GED? I want to go to college.
How have your friends and family helped you? My daughter has helped me.
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faced? I read well, but I still don’t know which is the right answer on comprehension questions.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED? My goals.
Do you have more to your story? I have been out of school since 1970. I waited too long to do this. I am taking the GED test with my daughter.
From The GED Academy: Reading comprehension can be difficult. Often, there is more than one answer that makes sense. Always make sure to read the questions over carefully, then re-read the passage. Look out for words like “more” or “most” in the question. Sometimes there are more than one answer that makes sense, but one is the best. Just take your time and don’t panic, and you should do fine. Good luck!
I Don’t Give Up Easily
Sheila from New Mexico
What motivated you to get your GED? I have dreams of wanting to either do something in the criminal justice department or forensic sciences. I want to give myself a better life (Read more...)
and get off of my disability.
How have your friends and family helped you? My friends are very supportive of me. They have seen the home study courses I have taken in the criminal justice and forensics.
What problems have you faced? I took the GED last year and passed every thing but the writing and the math. I was 20 points off in writing and 100 in math.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED? To feel like I have accomplished something in my life. It will open doors for me to futher my education. I am not a person that gives up easily. There’s a word for it, but it isn’t in my vocabulary.
Do you have more to your story? Criminal justice runs in my family. My uncle through marriage was a judge, and my cousin is a financial advisor for the prison system in Pennsylvania.
From The GED Academy: Perhaps the word you’re looking for is persistent? That’s a good thing to be when it comes to getting your GED. It’s not always easy, and it takes persistence to get through those tough times. That’s great that you have family in the criminal justice system. Talking to them about their jobs and your dreams is a good way to solidify your goals and make them real. We’re sure you’ll make it, just keep up with that persistence!
Everything Has Been a Problem
Barbara from Kentucky
What motivated you to get your GED? I want to get a better job.
How have your friends and family helped you? They say that I need it.
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faced? Everything has been a problem.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED? I want to get a job so I can take care of myself.
From The GED Academy: That’s great that you want to get your GED! It’s never too late to get it. I might seem intimidating to start studying again after having been out of high school for so long, but take it slow and you’ll get there! Good luck!
People Should Want to Help
What motivated you to get your GED? Life is hard. You need more than a GED, you need a college degree. I have been out of school for 21 years, a very long time, and I have tried (Read more...)
several times to go back to school, but something has always stopped me. Now I’m really, really ready to get my GED. It’s sooo important, and I am so ashamed of my life. I want a better job, and I don’t want to be ashamed anymore.
How have your friends and family helped you? Well, I wish my family would have encouraged me to stay in school or helped me find another school that I could attend. However, my friends talk to me often and have encouraged me to take the test, but I am so nervous. I have only taken the test once, and that was years ago.
What problems have you faced? I have faced embarrassment due to not having my diploma. I just go on with life, knowing that I am better and will do better. I really need help finding a school that I can attend. It’s been so hard for me. I was attending a community college, but they really didn’t offer that much help to me. It was like I was working all alone, and I have been out of school so long, I really need the help.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED? I hope to feel better about myself and get a better paying job. I want to attend college. It’s never to too late until you’re 6 feet under. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t, because you can. I dream of getting my GED and feeling so proud of myself. Being able to fill out an application and not having to think, “Oh, I don’t have a high school diploma. What should I put?” I am really working on doing it this time. It’s time. It’s been long enough.
Do you have more to your story? I just want my GED, and I don’t feel like you should have to pay so much money for it. People should want to help you.
From The GED Academy: You’re right, life can be hard. That’s why it takes hard work to keep up. But you’re not alone. A lot of community colleges have tutoring programs. You can also talk to councillors at the colleges who can show you all the resources available both for academic and financial help. We also have lots of resources and information at passged.com, and you can take a free practice test to get you started on learning what it is you need help with most on your GED. Unfortunately, not everything can be free. The GED costs money to administer. Tests must be printed, there must be a place for you to take the test, there are employees who give out the test who must be paid, and the test itself must be created, which also costs money. This is why it costs money to take the test. That’s also why you must be certain you can pass it before going in. Find a good study program, search for an adult education class, get your friends to help you, or start a study group of your own. Once you feel you’re ready, take a full practice test before going in. If you don’t pass it, you know exactly what you need to study more. If you do, you’ll know you can do it again for the real test.
You can pass the GED. Just have confidence in yourself, study every day, and know that there are people out there who want to help. You’re not alone!
I am 37 years old, and I just passed my GED test the first time I took it. I knew it wouldn’t be easy; it’s been almost 20 years since I didn’t graduate. I purchased (Read more...)
access to GED Academy and studied for about 2 months. This system WORKS.
Throughout my career as an adult, I have been able to stay afloat without my diploma, but hanging over my head was the constant fear of discovery. I have been worried that my employer would discover my lack of educational certification. As I worked my way through one promotion after another, I eventually hit a wall. A job that I was being moved into required proof of a H.S. diploma. I didn’t want 10 years of hard work to hold me back, so I sublimated my pride, registered for the test, and took it.
It was scary. At my age, it was difficult to enter the testing center and not feel ashamed by the younger folks’ stares. Passged.com prepared me to overcome that fear through preparation. Much of what I had forgotten in my youth came back to me as I studied for the GED. I re-learned things that I had forgotten I even knew to begin with.
My main points of advice for anyone thinking of taking the GED are these:
- Take the GED. Don’t let a lack of diploma hold you back. Take it while you are young enough to remember much of what will be on the test.
- Take ownership of your learning. You have to prepare for this test as if your future depends on it. You CAN pass. But you need to study as if you are afraid to fail!
I scored a 3450 on the test battery.
700 Social Studies
620 Language Arts, Reading
600 Language Arts, Writing
I was told these are good scores. I want to Thank GED Academy for them. The preparation and resources you have here on this site were invaluable! THANK YOU
Also, The GED test administrator called me today and asked me come in and talk about my options at a local community college. She is sending me info on two GED grants I may be qualified for, and is recommending I begin taking CLEP tests for credits toward my degree. This whole process has been rewarding at a very personal level.
From The GED Academy: That’s fantastic! Those scores are amazing! Thanks for submitting your story and offering some advice for other GED students. Good luck with college! People of all ages are attending college, so there’s no reason to feel ashamed or embarrased once you get there either. Feel proud about your scores, and also that you’ve made it so far in your career without a diploma. It takes a lot of courage and strength to do what you’ve done. Congratulations!
Making My Daughter Proud
What motivated you to get your GED? Ms. Lein’s story has hit home with me. I’m also married to an alcoholic, violent spouse. I have remained in this marriage, (Read more...)
believing my options are few. I dropped out of school too many years ago to count. I’m in my fifties. We have a beautiful, intelligent child who is an honor student at a prestigious university. She has no knowledge of my secondary education history but never fails to tell me how proud she is of my ability to mentor her through tough academics. I plan to share with her my truth, but when I do, I want to present to her my GED to show her how anyone can pull through tough times and be a success.
How have your friends and family helped you? I will be the first to break the cycle of all my siblings. Only one has a GED. Watching my daughter walk across the stage and later hand me a Honors Diploma is my greatest inspiration.
What problems have you faced? Actually, I graduated from an accredited technical college that did not require a diploma or GED for admission. Real life experience was accepted along with passing the pre-admission exam. Math is somewhat of a challenge for me since I missed out on quite a bit. Fear of failing has caused procrastination but after visiting many websites, this one, with the promise of support like tutoring and so forth, has given me the courage to move forward.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED? As mentioned above, I have some college and have been able to hold really good positions. However, it is a struggle to get beyond the “education” section on applications and during interviews. If it weren’t for my extensive work experience, I’m not sure I could even get a solid job. I want to achieve a 4-year degree, discover possible options not yet realized, and find the courage to free myself to the possibility of a better life. I owe this to my daughter.
From The GED Academy: It sounds like you’ve found success, even without a diploma. Getting a GED requires that same drive and focus, so with a little time and effort, you’ll have it it no time! Studying for the GED is also good preparation for getting back into college after having been out of the academic system for a while. Remember that you helped your daughter through school, and she’s extremely grateful of it and proud of what you’ve done. If you find yourself struggling on your path to getting a GED, don’t be afraid to let her know what’s going on. Perhaps she can help you now as you’ve helped her in the past. Good luck!
My Daughter Woke Me Up
Tahirie from Florida
What motivated you to get your GED? I dropped out of high school when I was young. Now that I am older and a mother, I realized that without a degree, no one can get a great job. (Read more...)
I also want to get my GED to give my daughter a better life and to be independent for my family.
How have your friends and family helped you? All my family and friends have inspired me each and every day, and they’ve motivated me to be better in life.
What problems have you faced? I have faced a lot of different things in my life that have put me through a lot of depression. I have lost myself. I didn’t realize who I was. My daughter woke me up and told me, “Mom, you need to get out of it and do something for yourself. Go back to school, mom.”
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED? I hope that by getting my GED, I will be successful in life and have a great job. I hope I can support my family and be happy. I hope I can put a smile on my face again.
From The GED Academy: Sometimes it takes a wake-up call to get us going. It sounds like you’ve raised a great daughter, and that you have some good support amongst your friends and family. Keep working at it, and you’ll be sure to get your GED! Good luck!
I Really Like What I Do
What motivated you to get your GED? I have been doing work as a back up coordinator and am in a position to become a coordinator if I have my GED. I really like what I (Read more...)
How have your friends and family helped you? They tell me to go for it. That I can do it.
What problems have you faced? have problems learning. I think I need to focus more.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED? Becoming a coordinator at my job and the joy of knowing I passed my GED.
From The GED Academy: That’s great that you like what you do, and that you’re in the position to get promoted. Focusing is an important part of studying, but have you thought about studying in different ways too? Everyone learns in a different way. Experiment with different methods: flash cards, using different color pens to highlight or write down different kinds of information, saying things out loud as you read them. Maybe a different method will help you understand and remember materials better.
Helping Bipolar Kids
Kathie from Tennessee
What motivated you to get your GED? Well, I am 42 and recently divorced. I have always worked but not for very high pay. My daughter is 22 and getting ready to go to college. It (Read more...)
is almost Christmas, and I can barely give my kids Christmas this year because I cant afford it. I want to get my Nurse Practitioners License so I can help bipolar kids like my youngest son, and guess what? You can’t go to nursing school without a high school diploma or a GED, and did I tell you I dropped out of school when I was 15 to take care of my newborn son?
How have your friends and family helped you? My kids have been great. They have helped me study and taught me stuff i never learned. People ask if it embarrasses me to have my kids teaching me, and I say no. It makes me soooo proud that they are so smart. My youngest son, who has ADHD and is bipolar, is an honor roll student at 15.
What problems have you faced? I am so afraid of failing that I keep putting off taking the pre test.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED? A college degree, the ability to help my kids and their kids, and to have a comfortable retirement.
From The GED Academy: That’s so wonderful that your kids can help you, and that you don’t feel embarrassed about it. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about! You’re going after your dreams. Remember that even if you don’t do well on the pretest, that’s not the end. Once you find out how you did on the pretest, you can take steps toward getting a good grade on the final test. It’s always hardest to start something because we’re afraid we’ll fail, but once we start doing it, simply knowing that we had the courage to start gives us the confidence to finish. Good luck!
My Goal Is to Be a Strong Person.
I need my GED now. I’ve got a friend to help me. I’m just trying to get my GED... My goal is to be a strong person.
From The GED Academy: Rosameria, (Read more...)
it’s tough to get your GED after being out of school for a while, but let’s face it, the world has changed. A GED is more important now than ever. You can get your GED, if you take it one step at a time and stick with it. Having a friend to help and support you is a big point in your favor. More than anything, you’ll need someone to tell you to keep going, to try new things when something isn’t working, and to believe in yourself. A half million people get their GED each year. You can, too!
Without the GED, I Am Stuck.
Janice from Texas
I left school the beginning of my junior year. Struggled because I did not apply myself, and then I met John and that was my way out. Needless to say, way to young and very stupid. I (Read more...)
know how to make it, but without the GED I am stuck, and I know that will be my answer. Bought the book and was going to do it by myself and got very put out because I felt it was all over my head especially the math part, so I gave up. I know I can do this with the guidance of this program as long as I can get someone to tell me the simple way. I tend to make it hard when it comes to tests because I freeze up. I pray this is my answer.
Reason for Leaving School: I dropped out the beginning of my junior year and was in love and got married, really stupid on my part. School was very hard for me because I did not apply myself.
Reason to Get a GED: My GED is very important to me because I have a good 10 years left, and I know standing behind the chair doing the hair I am getting burnt out. I need more, and I really know there are more fields out there in cosmetology and teaching is one of my dreams.
One Thing I Need for My Dreams: To get this GED is all that is holding me back, because 600 more hours could make a big difference in me and getting my license for this.
I am very committed to this, and I am willing to do whatever it takes if it is where I can afford this course. I have been single for 23 years and have had to work 10/12 hours a days to get my kids raised, now I would like to do something for me where I can have benefits and not be so stressed out over all this.
It’s Never Too Late to Move Forward.
Steven from Maryland
My mother took ill and brought me to Washington DC and then left me to take care of myself, and I had a fear of going to school because I was fearful of my underage, that the school (Read more...)
system would lock me up. Mind you at the time I was only 16, and didn’t want to go to jail.
So over the years, I was able to find work and learn to keep my mouth closed and learn the job well, from security to sales, and I made more money than a person working as lawyer, and I took care of our three daughters over thirty years.
Then it dawned on me that our daughters had passed me in education. And before I pass on, I would like to complete this and go to college. Time is not on my side any more. This will allow me to go the next step in my life.
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