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
Anonymous From Vermont
At 16 years old, I'm very young I know, but have always been homeschooled. My mom is an epic teacher, and that was enough for me when I lived in Connecticut. We had to move to Vermont (Read more...)
for her employment, though. We found out that their rules are different, and if I don't want to go to their colleges, I had to have a GED. I want to go to a college out of state, so here I am.
My mother is the best. She inspires me and makes my dreams her business. I've always hated Math, and it's by far my weakest subject. I started here late last year, but had to stop to a house fire. We moved, and then my mother signed me back up.
I want to be a web developer. Yes! I know math is involved! I'll get better!
Thinking About Leaving
I’m currently still enrolled in high school, but I often have thoughts about leaving. I know I should stay. I just feel as though right now my mind isn’t stable enough to (Read more...)
continue, and school doesn’t wait for you. So I decided I want to get my GED instead.
My family and friends are against my choice, and are disappointed in me. Most of my family never got the chance to finish or even go to high school. Due to family problems, social problems, ect., I haven’t been doing well in school for the past 2 years. I failed most of my classes, but now I’m trying to catch up and I can’t do it. I don’t have the determination to continue to stay in school. I am a well educated girl, but I just don’t think high school is meant for me. I’m thinking really hard about leaving, taking some time off to get myself back together, taking my GED, then starting at a community college and working my way up.
From the GED Academy: It’s understandable that you want to drop out of high school, but it’s also a very risky step. Especially if you aren’t feeling motivated. Studying for your GED takes a lot of self motivation, which can be more difficult than high school in some ways. It might be more helpful to find ways to motivate yourself with what’s in front of you right now. The best time to act is always the present, because as much as it may seem easier to push things off until later, it’s almost always harder.
No matter what path you choose though, we wish you the best of luck! And we hope you find the path that’s best for you!
Mike from Texas
My dream is to join the Navy. It motivated me knowing I could join three years faster (with 15 college credits) and I knew that without those two things, I couldn’t join. My (Read more...)
Grandmother is extremely supportive of me; she always stands up for me when some of my family nay-says. My Grandfather knows this is all I want to do, so he supports me as well. As for everyone else, family and friends alike, the negativity some of them bring fueled me to prove them wrong.
I never really enjoyed school after the second grade, when I moved to from Colorado to Texas. I didn’t like very many people and hated most of my teachers. My math grades began to go downhill as the years passed. This was largely due to a lack of help. If you did ask for help, it seemed as if you were putting them out. Finally in 9th grade, I stopped caring about school. The first reason I did was because I had an English teacher that often lost most of my work (three of which were test grades). I complained but ZERO was done. I thought, what’s the point of all this hard work if it’s for literally nothing?
The second reason was the lack of help. In athletics, I was told help would be given to pass my classes yet every time I asked I never received the help I needed. That year, I left my public high school and went to a virtual academy where the first year I got lazy and never really did anything. Then the next year my classes were screwed up so I couldn’t do the work for literally months. I called numerous times but they always said, “we’re getting to it.” After it was fixed I was about 3 months behind on work. I just wasn’t motivated to do it, partly because I was promised a chance for my GED, and at that point I so desperately wanted it, so I could pursue my dream faster. So I was kicked out that December for not doing my work.
While I was somewhat happy I now had my chance, I was at the same time disappointed. I never expected to turn out this way. A high school drop out. But regardless, I knew what I wanted, and had to do. While I waited to sign up, my mom was extremely negative to me about it. She always told me I wasn’t going to be able to do it. That if I failed in school, how was I to do this? Many others said this also, but honestly, I used it as motivation. So, about a month later my parents took me up to my local community college to register for GED classes. When I finally began taking classes, I worked harder than I had ever worked at anything. My notes on math were about the size of a small book. I wrote down every detail and soaked up all the information. When the classes finished, I had an average of high 90′s in every subject I studied. Something I never thought I could do again. I hadn’t had a 90 in math since like 3rd grade. I was extremely confident from that point the GED was mine.
Finally, four days ago from today, May 1, 2013, the two days of testing came and I got naturally nervous. I had an idea of what to expect but I was still a bit worried it would be something completely different from the practice tests I took in my GED class. Luckily for the most part it wasn’t. The first day I took social studies, science, and reading. Even though I haven’t got my scores back, I know I crushed reading and science. They were incredibly easy to me. Social studies was the same way, except I did run very close to the time limit on it. The questions were for the most part extremely long and I had to speed read most of them. Regardless, I know I passed. The next day I took math and writing. But, before I actually went down to take those two tests, I decided to take a practice math test on a program that I obtained during my GED classes. When I took it, I totally bombed it. I was extremely nervous at that point. Here I was, a day of testing, and I just failed a practice test. So, on the way to the college I went over my notes one last time. While I was very nervous, I still had some confidence. When I began taking the test, I realized my worst fears had vanished. I blew though the test no problem. It was nothing like the practice test. I was extremely relieved. When I took the writing, I completely crushed it as well. I breezed through the questions and put my all into the essay. Reading and writing have always come extremely easy to me, so it was no problem. Finally I was done. I couldn’t believe it. And though I still haven’t gotten my results back like I said, I have an extreme confidence that I not only passed the test, but I destroyed it. If you’re reading this and you’re considering taking the test, quit considering and just do it. Trust me, it’s well worth it. Not only does it open up your options, but it will build your confidence to an unspeakable level. Take it from me. If you put time and effort in to studying for the test, you will pass. I hope you’ve enjoyed my story, and I hope it motivates you to pursue yours. HOOAH!!!
From the GED Academy: What a great story! It’s wonderful that you know exactly what you want for yourself and are pursuing it intently. We just know that you’ll do well in the Navy! Congratulations on your success! It was smart thinking to take a quick practice test beforehand, and then again to look over your notes. Your story will inspire others, especially those who struggle in math. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!
Dropping Out of High School
Tyler from Alabama
I have been out of school since I was 14. I am two years behind, and I feel like it would be a lot easier for me to get my GED.
I’ve been out of school for two years for many (Read more...)
reasons. I’ve been trying homeschooling since August, but it causes so many problems. I want to know if I can go to a school that I used to go to six years ago and see if they will do what’s necessary for me to drop out and enroll in GED classes. Is this possible? I have a lot of problems with the last school I was at. If I had to get my drop out papers from them, then it would never happen. In the last two year, I’ve never officially dropped out. At least I dont think so. Help!
Once I get my GED, I will have what I need to be ready for college. Then I can graduate on time like I always dreamed.
From the GED Academy: We want to encourage you to complete high school if at all possible. Since this isn’t always an option, the GED is your next best step but it would be a good idea to meet with your parents/guardians, mentors and the school to see what options are available to you. If you decide to leave school, you will need to study for your GED and the GED Academy is here to help make that quick and easy for you. Each state regulates the GED test with different guidelines. It looks like you can take the GED Test in Alabama under 18 years of age if you meet the following exception(s):
- Resident of Alabama
- Exited an Alabama public school with official documentation from a city/county local education agency verifying that the applicant has withdrawn
- Present to the GED Examiner™ a notarized letter from a parent/legal guardian that the applicant has permission to be administered the GED® test
There may be different regulations at each testing center, so be sure to speak with the location you would like to test at to make sure you meet all requirements prior to your test date.
Getting your GED is a great thing, but again, it is best to meet with your parents and the school to see what option fits your situation best so you can move on to college. We wish you luck and look forward to hearing what you decide.
Bullied in School
I’m 17. I haven’t dropped out yet but I want to. In fact, I’m planning on doing it tomorrow. I’ve been getting psychically abused for the past three months, and I (Read more...)
just couldn’t do it anymore. I already turned him in, but they didn’t do much. They just told him to keep his hands off me.
I have no motivation for school. Either I miss too much, or I can’t catch up in a class. Too much school work frustrates me and makes me mad, so I eventually give up on that assignment. It’s my junior year and I’m failing all my classes. When I’m ready, I’ll either come back and finish or get my diploma.
I feel like this is right. I’m tired of the school never doing anything about bullying. It’s a tough decision, and I don’t have any friends who have my back, but it’s my life and my decision.
From the GED Academy: That’s awful that you have been bullied. It’s hard enough to focus on difficult school-work without things like that going on. It’s a shame that it is to the point that you feel that you need to drop out of school, but it’s smart of you to remove yourself from an abusive situation. Your safety is the most important thing.
If you haven’t dropped out yet, you might look into moving schools. If you take your problems up with the principal, she/he might understand your situation. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind to the authority figures and go as high up as you need to go to solve your problems. You’re in charge of your own education and your own life.
Above all though, stay safe. If you do decide to drop out, you don’t need to wait to get your GED and move on. You can study for your GED online and take it when you’re ready. Then you can move on to college or any further training you need. Good luck! We’re all rooting for you and know you can achieve anything you set your mind to!
I WILL Succeed
Tiffany from South Carolina
I got into a lot of trouble at school, and I finally hit rock bottom and got expelled from high school. I was taking sophomore classes, but I was in the computer system as a repeating (Read more...)
freshmen, so if I go back to school next year after my expulsion is done, I will be a freshman again. But if I had just stayed out of trouble and did the right thing, I’d be done with my extra classes and would be a senior next year and graduating with a high school diploma. But I screwed up too many times, so now I have decided to get my GED when I turn 17, and go to college with my class.
I plan on achieving my goal of becoming a neonatal nurse after two years of a nursing program, then four years of nursing school at the medical university of South Carolina (MUSC); many people believe it’s just a hospital, when in all reality it is a college. I have made many mistakes in life and I may not make as much money as I would have if I just behaved and acted my age instead of attention seeking and trying to fit in, which is exactly what I was doing. Anyway, its not about the money; its about accomplishing my goals and getting my dream career. Money would be nice, but it doesn’t bring happiness like proving to myself that I CAN DO IT, and so can you.
My soon to be 14 year old baby sister was adopted by an amazing and loving family, and she is home-schooled. Her older sister offered to train me for my GED, and I was so excited! I moved to my sister’s house to get my GED and my two year nursing program out of the way. My family has had a rough life: my sister and I were in and out of foster homes, and I was always getting in to trouble with sex, drugs, parties, and all sorts of craziness. I lost my baby girl at 5 months and that is one of my many blessings in disguise; I just wasn’t ready, but that knocked some reality into me along with some long, hard, emotional talks with my family and friends. I realized that I was getting too old for my immaturity, and that I needed to be able to provide for my children that I dream of having with an amazing man who treats me right (unlike my exes did). One of the biggest things to motivate me is my baby sister who is a missionary, following the path that I just left, and I need to show her that it’s not the way to go, and that life is better with an education.
I have money problems: I can’t find a job; I need a car to drive to and from classes and work when I find some; my sister is following my bad examples; I have tons of drama in my family; I help take care of my older sister’s baby. I have recently been saved, and I plan on achieving my goals despite all my issues, because everyone has issues, and millions of people have gotten their GED and/or high school diploma. So can I, and all it takes is PRAYER, PRAYER, and more PRAYER.
I am waiting for an email about enrolling in a class, and while I wait I am taking as many free GED practice tests and classes as I can to prepare myself. This is a great site, and it explains things before you take your practice test; it is a virtual classroom and I absolutely love it. I am very excited to start my actual GED courses, but right now I am just 8 months too young (which is fine because it just gives me more time to STUDY STUDY STUDY). No matter what life throws at me I WILL succeed.
From the GED Academy: While we always encourage students to finish high school, we also understand the difficulty of being behind and wanting to continue on with your friends as they go off to college. It sounds like you are extremely determined to achieve your goals, and we’re certain that nothing is going to stop you. You’re taking a very mature approach to your future, and it’s wonderful that you’re making these commitments as early in life as you are; you’ll be glad you did!
We wish you the best of luck, and we’re proud to be able to help you along the path to your dreams!
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!
Everyone’s Story is different. Here’s mine: I was 17 years of age holding two jobs. I started dating this guy, and things took a turn for the worst. I moved out of my home (Read more...)
and in with my boyfriend and so called best friends. Everything was great at first, but I started missing school and slacking in my classes. I was in a bad place. I was already a year behind as it was, because in 5th grade I was held back. I went through a horrifying time of my life. My best friend, Jessica, was killed. As soon as I realized what I was doing to my life, I packed my belongings and moved back home where I decided to further my life, get my GED, and steer my life in a better direction!
My parents are a big part in my motivation. I don’t know what I would do without them! I moved out at too young of an age, lost my jobs, and was headed toward a world of trouble. However, I got my head on straight. Now, my dream is too go into the Navy and study the medical field.
From the GED Academy: It sounds like you have an astonishing ability to bounce back. You got out of a bad situation quickly, and are already back on your way to a brighter future. Joining the armed forces is not only a great way to get a good education, but to grow into a strong and independent woman. We see great things for you in the future. Just trust in yourself, and you can achieve anything. Good luck!
Woodrow from North Carolina
I quit high school because I couldn’t handle the students or the overall feeling of the school. My plan had been to go to college soon after school, so I needed to get a GED and go (Read more...)
on with my life. My mother was always pushing me to get one because she said, “Everyone in our family has quit. You were the first to go past 9th grade, and you will be the first in college.” My problems were my spelling and writing. They had always been terrible. I solved that issue by working for months on each, and I got to a point were I wasn’t good, but I was what I would say is normal. With a GED, I hoped to gain the ability to go to college and to get the respect from both my family and friends, as well as prove to myself that I could.
I passed the pretest with flying colors and in half the time. They said I was ready for the real thing. When I took the test I felt and did great. I knew a lot of it. Well, I thought I knew a lot of it, but when the test came back I had failed worse then I thought was possible. A month later it turns out that it wasn’t right, and they had messed up. They fixed it but my scores were still low. My mother was upset and wanted to know why this was, so she called the pretest teacher and the woman lied to her. She blatantly sat there and told her that she passed me purely because I said that I had mental disabilities and would have the test tailored to me. I am going to take it again, but this time in a different place, and hopefully this time they will do better at their jobs.
From the GED Academy: It sounds like you are extremely close to getting your GED. It’s good that you’ve dedicated yourself to passing, especially at your age. A lot of people wait a long time before deciding to go back to school, and it can be difficult to get back into the habit of studying and having the confidence to get back into an education program. You’re doing this for your family and, most importantly, for yourself, and it sounds like you are determined to pass the test. We are proud to have you with us, and we wish you luck as you make your way to college!
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!
For My Unborn Child
Carmelita from Michigan
I’m 15 years old, and I went from being an A/B student to getting straight Fs. I let my social life take over my dreams of going to college and becoming the doctor I wanted to be. (Read more...)
I haven’t lived with my mother since I was 11. I was always off with boys in the streets until I realized that doing all of those things wasn’t putting money in my pockets. It wasn’t going to feed me or help take care of my unborn child. I want a better life for me and my baby. I’ll be 16 in April. I dropped out of school this year. A 10th grade semester of classrooms filled with kids worse off than me, fighting and doing other things... These things aren’t helping me get the education I need. So in order for me to live a better and more successful life, I feel I need to get my GED.
I have no friends to support me. The only family member who supports and believes in me is my mother. Other than her, I have my boyfriend who stands behind me and supports me through all my obstacles.
I’ve been arrested. I’ve been facing court battles back to back. I’ve been in too many situations that have put my life and others in danger. I got away from that by not hanging with the same people that got me into trouble. I keep to myself, and I do what I have to do to take care of me.
I hope to be able to get my GED and become the nurse or doctor I want to be. I want to live worry free, out the hood, and be somebody. I want to make not only my parents, my boyfriend, and myself proud, but I want to be able to tell my child I made it. That I did it for him/her.
From the GED Academy: That’s wonderful that you’re turning your life around! A high school environment can definitely cause stress and make it difficult to learn. Since you used to get As and Bs, I bet it won’t be difficult to get right back on track when you start studying for the GED. However, even though you’ve dropped out of high school, you’re not alone. There are GED programs that are nothing like the high school environment that can help you understand what it is you need to do to pass and to get moving with your life. Don’t be afraid to seek out help!
Good luck! We know you can do it!
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!
Everything Began to Crumble
Chris from Nebraska
High school was a breeze for me until my mother got cancer. Everything began to crumble around me, and with the school being a very unsupportive environment, I began to develop a hate (Read more...)
for it. I had been an honor roll student every quarter my freshmen and sophmore year until I couldn’t take all the negativity toward me, so decided to go to alternative school. When they told me I had to go back to the high school, I bit the bullet and gave it a try for a quarter my senior year. However, I realized that I was falling back into the same rut as before. I dropped out and got a lot of nasty letters about truancy from the school when I was already 18 at the time. The school wasn’t too excited about losing a top student, so they threatened me at every angle possible.
My family has been really supportive along with my friends. The people I’ve met through getting my GED have also been very supportive. Most of my problems have been personal ones. It’s amazing how small town schools will look past you as a person and label you just because you have problems attending. It really opened my eyes. I really hope to develop my own self esteem in the future. I plan to go to college after getting my GED so that I can build a better future for myself.
From the GED Academy: High school can definitely be tough. Getting your GED is a great first step toward a brighter future though, and people who did academically well in high school usually find college an incredibly more positive experience. Make sure to take a few practice tests to see where you are, and brush up on any areas that might need a little study, and we’re certain you’ll have your GED in no time and be on your way. Good luck!
I’m Not Giving Up
Ashanta from Louisiana
I was motivated to get my GED when I realized I getting kicked out of school my senior year. I didn’t want to let that stop me. I kept on going in order to show people not to give (Read more...)
up. My family inspired me, but some of my friends thought it wasn’t a good idea.
I faced alot of problems: crying, headaches, stress. I solve my problems by giving them to God. In the future, I will be going to college getting me life moving forward.
When I left high school, I told myself that I’m not giving up. There’s too much out there to be at home all day. Always believe in yourself. Don’t worry about people who talk about you, be it good or bad. Just let God take control.
From the GED Academy: It sounds like you have a good attitude. Don’t give up, don’t worry about the things you can’t change, and keep moving forward. If you haven’t already, take a practice test, see what subjects you do well at and what you need help with, then get enrolled in a good GED program. You’ll be passing the GED in no time and on your way right alongside the rest of the students in your class. Good luck! We know you can do it!
In and Out of Detention
Randy from Indiana
I dropped out of school my first semester of my sophomore year, because I didn’t have the right amount of credits i should have. My mom thought it would be a good idea for me to (Read more...)
try the GED. I don’t have very much family support, but some of the stories I read concerning other people and the GED really gave me motivation to keep going.
The biggest problem I have had in the past is always going in and out of detention and doc once, but I turn 18 in February so... I am just concerned that if I don’t do this now, I’ll regret it later when I’m job hunting. I have taken the evaluation tests to determine where I’m at. I got a 480 on math, a 450 on lang. arts writing, a 390 in lang. arts reading, a 470 in social studies, and a 450 in science.
From the GED Academy: It looks like you’re doing pretty well in most subjects, though I would suggest a little extra studying up to guarantee that you’ll pass your first time. You’ll definitely want to try and raise your reading score. Luckily, with the internet, you have a wealth of information at your fingertips. Find what interests you and look up news sites or informative sites about it. Taking a course in reading will definitely help you with your comprehension, too. It’s not just about reading the words, but understanding them. Then just keep on reading everyday and you’ll find yourself naturally getting better at it.
The biggest thing is to find out what interests you and delve into that. Finding an interesting career or even a hobby will keep you motivated and out of trouble. That will help move you forward to accomplish your goals. We know that you can pass the GED, and it’s great that you’re getting it done early. It shows that you’re already motivated and ready to get going with your life. Good luck!
I Can’t Stand High School
Alex from California
I can’t sit in a high school class that moves incredibly slow for two hours. If I got my GED I could start community college and my career. The only problem is, I don’t know (Read more...)
if I am eligible to take the GED or even go to community college. Any answers? I am 17 years old and my mom is behind me fully. I just need to know if I should stop going to school and start studying for the GED.
I hope to go to a community college for a year, then transfer to a university on the east coast and fulfill my dreams.
From the GED Academy: Here is a link to GED eligibility in the state of California: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/gd/gedeligible.asp
However, we would caution you against dropping out of high school when you’re so close the end. It may seem long and boring, but sometimes college classes can be as well. Even dream jobs can have boring aspects to them that last for hours (or even days) at a time. High school isn’t just about learning, but preparing you for life outside of high school in different ways. Ask yourself this: If you drop out of high school because you’re bored, what will stop you from dropping out of college? What will stop you from quitting a boring job when there are bills to pay? Even studying for the GED could be boring. What if you drop out of high school, then find that you can’t stand the boredom of studying on your own? Once you’ve dropped out, you can’t go back.
We’d love to encourage you to stick with high school and work on finding ways to make it enjoyable. It will be a valuable skill you can take with you throughout your life. However, if you’re set on taking the GED, we understand, and wish you the best of luck with it!
Social Anxiety and the GED
Rachel from Oregon
I had tried online school my sophmore year of high school. That did not work out very well as I did not get much help with the subjects I needed help with such as math. So, I ended up (Read more...)
flunking even though I tried really hard to understand the stuff. My mom and I had a long talk over it and she thought it would be better to just get my GED instead of having to take a grade over again, thanks to them not helping.
My dad got his GED because he had to drop out to take care of his family. He told me that if he can do it, I can do it too.
Well, I’m going to possibly be taking GED prep classes in January. I am sort of debating though on taking the prep classes or just studying and then going to take it next year. I have really bad social anxiety so I’m kind of scared to go.
After I get my GED, I want to go to beauty school.
From the GED Academy: It sounds like it would be good to have someone to ask questions to. Studying at home might have the same results as studying online. A GED prep class would be very different from high school. You should give it a try so that you can get help when you need it. Social anxiety can make education very difficult, but it shouldn’t scare you away from giving new experiences a try. There are also online options that offer phone support with the program. Keep track of works and what doesn’t work with your education, and you’ll figure out what’s best for you. Good luck!
I Don’t Plan on Staying That Way
Colin from Vermont
I got sick when I was in junior high and ended up missing a lot of school. By the time I was 17, I found myself going into my freshman year of high school. I decided the GED might be a (Read more...)
better option for me because I was so behind. This way, once I get my GED I can start some online college classes which will work better with the way my life is scheduled now.
My parents have been there for me every step of the way. It’s been hard to keep up with the social aspects of life, but I have a lot of online friends that are always there to support me. My mom especially helps because she believes in me and knows I can still be successful in school even though I’m behind.
I just have a lot of doctor’s appointments and I often end up stuck in the hospital. Online programs really are a good thing for me, because I can work on things when I’m able to.
I’m confident that one day I’ll be feeling much better and be able to live a normal life. When that day comes, I’m sure I’ll be very glad I didn’t give up on my education. I may be behind now but I don’t plan on staying that way.
From the GED Academy: You’re an inspiration to students everywhere! It’s easy to give up when you’re not feeling well and life seems stacked against you. However, your determination will not only see you through the GED and further education, it will carry you on to succeed in anything you set out to do in the future! Good luck, and let us know when you pass!
Suffering from Anxiety
Breeann from New York
I suffer from really bad anxiety, and this made me realize that the right option for me is to get my GED. School is a waste of my time. All I do is sit there all day, and I already (Read more...)
learned most of the material from past grades.
My family—especially my mom—supports me, because she knows I can do this. She knows if I put my mind to it, and spend my time studying, I will be able to pass and go to college. I have faced struggles in school with my anxiety, but I know I can pass the GED test with the right strength and determination.
I am planning to go to TC3 for college, so I can make something of my life. I am a good writer, and I enjoy writing. That is why I would like to pursue a career in it. I could use all the support I can get. I’m in for a tough road, but I absolutely know Im strong enough to achieve this.
From the GED Academy: We are behind you 100%! You’ve got excellent written skills. With a few classes and some brush-up on grammar, you could definitely get into the field of writing. Anxiety can make school difficult, including studying for the GED and college.
Good luck. We know you can do it. Let us know when you’ve passed!
I Made a Promise
Jessi from Iowa
The thing that motivated me to get my GED is that I’m 18-years-old with a 9-month-old child. I dropped out, and have another baby due in November. I’m a single mom and its (Read more...)
very hard. My mom has helped me very much. I lost my best friend when I was 14. He died of cancer. It was very hard. The last thing he told me was to do what made me happy and do what was best for me and the ones I loved. I promised him I would get my GED, because he knew I disliked school very much.
I have been in a very abusive relationship. I solved it by realizing that I deserved more than that. So did my 9-month-old son and my child on the way. I struggle everyday, being a single mom at such a young age. I would love to go to college and be a preschool teacher. I love kids and love watching them learn new things. When my son grows up, and when I lecture him to finish school, I don’t want him to be able to respond, “but Mom, you didn’t.”
It’s very tough being a young, single mom, but you’re right that it’s even more important now to get your GED. You’ve already proven how strong you are by getting out of an abusive relationship. You can pass your GED for sure. Find a practice test to see where your strengths lie and where you might need more studying. Then you’re on your way to becoming a preschool teacher and achieving your dreams.
Hold Your Head Up
Libby from Georgia
What motivated you to get your GED degree? Well actually, I haven’t received my GED or even started taking classes yet, but one day I decided that high school just (Read more...)
wasn’t for me. I made all A’s, was in national honor society, FFA, and oasis, but yet still I wasn’t happy. High school just felt like a burden to me. Thats why I decided to get my GED. Now that I made that decision, I’m a lot happier, and I feel that a heavy weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I’m so excited to start classes in June, so I can finish and go to beauty school.
How have your friends and family helped you? Well at first, no one support my decision, but I knew that only I can make myself truly happy. So, I had to make my own choice. Now my friends are so supportive of me. However the person who has supported me the most is my boyfriend. I know that he only wants to see me succeed in life, so he helps me as much as he can.
What problems have you faced? My main problem was that I just wasn’t happy. I was always angry with the world. My 9th grade year, I met a boy named Dylan we started dating. I made a lot of bad decision while I was with him. He would always hit me and abuse me emotionally to. I stayed with him for 4 months because I felt like I couldn’t get away from him. Then one day I just couldn’t take it anymore and finally I ended it. However, after that I gave up. People at school knew about Dylan and me, so they started rumors about me and I lost a lot of friends. I felt like I needed to get out of school to forget about him. Even though he didn’t go to my school, everyone just would always talk about it. I hated myself. My confidence went completely away. I hated myself and also the whole world. I believed everything was bad and no one was good. Then finally my 10th grade year, I told my mama I’m not going back. Ever since then I’m so happy. Plus I’ve been dating the most amazing guy in the world. I’ve never been happier.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? I really want to go to beauty school. I know I can do it. I have faith in myself and faith in God that He’ll help me make it. Also I want to make money so I can support my future kids.
Do you have more to your story? I just want to use this space to motivate people. Life is hard! Things happen, but only you can make the choice to let the things bother you or hold your head up and be strong. No one is perfect, so when you mess up or make a bad decision in life, don’t sweat it. It happens to everyone. Just strive to do better. Also if your in abusive relationship, whether its physical or emotional, don’t ever feel like you can’t leave. You can. Just be strong enough to get away from it. Also never blame yourself. Its never ok to hit your spouse. Remember that. Also remember your beautiful!
From the GED Academy: It’s great that you’re happier now. It’s always difficult to learn when you’re not in an emotionally positive state. Since you got good grades, you’ll no doubt be able to pass the GED with flying colors! The one thing I would caution you about is that dropping out of high school is a big change to make in your life, and while it might have been a good decision in this case, be wary of starting a life pattern of dropping out when things get rocky. Like you said, if things bother you, hold your head up and be strong. Don’t let what people thing or say affect you. You know you’re worth more than that. Good luck!
I Passed the GED Math!
What motivated you to get your GED degree? I enrolled into an online school. They claimed to be accredited but I knew something was wrong when I searched them on the internet, and (Read more...)
they weren’t listed on any of the websites they said recognized them as “accredited.” At that second I was lost. Then my dad told me about a GED and how he took it.
How have your friends and family helped you? My friends and family spoke about college and how fun it is or was, how it gets a person far in life, and how it can further an education. At that moment, I knew I wanted to go.
What problems have you faced? It took me a year to take the test. The first two times, I wasn’t taking the test serious and failed the math. But then the last time I was determined and took math classes. I came to my math class everyday and studied at home for hours. I also retook the reading section to get a higher score. In the end, I got a 540 in math and 610 in reading. I was so happy the day I passed and my family and friends threw me a party.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? I am enrolled in a community college now. Although I am still taking general education courses, I am majoring in mechanical engineering. I may or may not switch to being an English major though, because I love writing and reading.
Do you have more to your story? When I was in high school, I was always bullied. That was when I decided to leave and go to an online school. The online school was fake but I’m glad that I went for a GED, because now I’m happy and in college. I’ve been studying and reading my textbooks everyday. I also participate in class a lot. So far I’m passing all of my classes. My tips are, if you are struggling in any subject take GED classes. They help a lot! If I did it so can anyone else!
Congratulations! People drop out of high school for a lot of reasons. It can make the simple task of studying unnecessarily hard when your classmates are giving you a hard time. It’s wonderful that you found a way to finish your education and began college so soon (and probably even before many of the kids that bullied you). It’s always difficult to choose a major. I’d suggest speaking to a career counselor to find out exactly what types of careers both majors prepare you for (you’d be surprised at how many different options there are), how much they pay, and if there’s a demand for them. It might help you to decide early on! Good luck with college. We know you’ll do great. It’s always wonderful to hear success stories! Keep it up!
Education is Important
Silvia from South Carolina
What motivated you to get your GED degree? I realize that it’s important to have an education. My family moved a lot because off my father’s jobs. We moved a lot, and (Read more...)
that affected my years in school. So I was forced to get a GED by court order. Now I’m hoping that this might work, so I can be a very successful person.
How have your friends and family helped you? My mother supports me by telling me not to give up and to try my best.
What problems have you faced? I am hoping to get a job any time now. I will face everyone that has made me feel bad about myself just to put me down. I believe everyone can do it no matter what.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? Right now, I’m not sure about what I would like to become, but my goals are to go to college and get a degree.
From The GED Academy: Moving around makes finishing high school very difficult! Don’t feel bad about having dropped out. You’re still young, and you’ve got time. Just make sure to study the areas you struggle in and find out what works for you. If something isn’t working, change your approach. You’ll find a study method that works for you and have your GED in no time. Good luck!
I Don’t Believe I’m Good Enough
Leksi from New York
What motivated you to get your GED degree? I am motivated to get my GED because I want a better future for myself and future children. I don’t want to struggle like my (Read more...)
parents did. I want to be content in life.
How have your friends and family helped you? My family and long term boyfriend have encouraged me to get my GED since I dropped out. My boyfriend bought me a GED book and told me to study it everyday for atleast 20 minutes. My mother helps me study and supports me.
What problems have you faced? I have a problem with failure. I never think I’m good enough or smart enough to pass the GED exam. Though I get told I’m a smart girl, I can’t seem to believe it considering I dropped out of school.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? After I get my GED I hope to become a Kindergarten teacher. I love children. It is my dream to work with them, and it always has been.
Do you have more to your story? I dropped out of school at the age of 16. My grandpa was struggling with emphysema and I knew there wasn’t much time left. He picked me up from school everyday. one day I just told him I wasn’t going back--that I was going to stay home and help take care of him. He didn’t argue because he knew that it was my decision, but he did encourage me to go back someday. A few months later he passed away. He was my best friend and confidant. I was planning on going back to school when my great grandma passed away in her nursing home. I decided to just drop out for good and be with my family because they needed me. Months passed and I began helping out around the house, spending a lot of time with family and volunteering at my mom’s work occasionally. After a year had passed, I had not completely healed from the loss of my two loved ones, but I had moved on in life. It had gotten easier. Then suddenly my father passed away unexpectedly on my 17th birthday. This really hurt me a great deal and put me in depression. I am now almost 18 years old and still don’t have my GED.
From The GED Academy: Dropping out of does not mean that you’re not intelligent. High school is not easy, and when you have a lot of problems at home, sometimes dropping out is the only option. It’s okay to take a year or two to yourself when life gets hard at this point. Just don’t let this one thing govern the rest of your life. It shouldn’t be hard for you to get your GED. Your family is right; you are smart. Take the practice test, see what you might need to brush up on, and find a study method that works for you. Before you know it, you’ll be back on track alongside all your former classmates, ready for college and ready to make your dreams come true.
Afraid I’d Fail
Amber from Missouri
What motivated you to get your GED degree? I wasn’t able to continue school when I got pregnant with my son. I want to finish my education to help support my family, to be (Read more...)
all that I can be for my son, and to live up to my potential.
How have your friends and family helped you? I had doubts that my I could pass the GED. I thought I was stupid and would fail horribly. But my family encouraged me and believed in me until I was ready to take the first step towards getting my GED.
What problems have you faced? It is sometimes difficult to study and take care of my son at the same time.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? I want to complete this stage of my life, focus on my family, and look into getting a part time job that involves children.
From The GED Academy: It’s great that you’re taking steps to get your GED so soon! It’s tough to balance children and studies, but it is possible! Do what you can, when you can, and just push yourself a little more each day. You’ll soon find that the balancing act gets easier and easier. And don’t feel stupid. Everyone learns in their own way. Find yours, and you’ll be sure to pass! Good luck!
It Will All Come Back
What motivated you to get your GED degree? I was constantly getting pulled out of school. I’m supposed to be graduating in 2011. I dropped out of school, and have been (Read more...)
trying to get my GED so I can go to Everest to become a medical assistant.
How have your friends and family helped you? Yes, they have been wonderful.
What problems have you faced? I don’t have any problems. I’m very smart. It’s just that I’ve been in and out of high school. I have learned a few things from 10th and 11th grade. Other than that, I’ll find out what I need to know for the GED and it will come back very easily.
From The GED Academy: You’re right, if you’ve learned it before, it will come back to you easily. There are practice tests you can take before you sign up for the GED to see exactly what you should study for before you take the actual test. Combine those with some studying and you should be able to pass with no problem. Good luck!
I Have Faced A Lot
Jia from New Jersey
What motivated you to get your GED degree? I dropped out of high school because I had family problems, and for other reasons too. Since I can’t get a high school diploma, at (Read more...)
least I can get a GED so my family can be proud of me, rather than wonder what I’m going to do with my life. I realized that, without a degree, you can’t find good jobs, and I dont want to waste any more years in high school. The best option now is to get my GED.
How have your friends and family helped you? Every day my parents ask me, ”Jia, what’s on your mind today? Oh, I know, it isn’t school.” I think it’s time for me to do something with my life before it’s too late. Since I’m young, I can still make it through college.
What problems have you faced? I have faced a lot, and I’ve let a lot of people down. Nobody ever expected me to drop out of high school. My grandparents had high hopes I would be sucessful in life. After hearing that I dropped out, they were really hurt, so I think it’s time for me to step back up and do something with my life. My friends and family look at me differently because I made a decision that they didn’t like. I was really hurt by that. Then I thought that it’s beacuse I hurt them first, and they just don’t want to see my future go down the drain.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? After getting my GED, hopefully I’ll get accepted to ACCC and graducate with a degree in accounting. Then I want to run my own business. That’s if I can pass my GED test anyway, but I’m looking foward to it.
From The GED Academy: You are young! You’re still 17, and most people your age don’t even have a high school diploma yet! If you’re certain that graduating high school would be impossible, then a GED is definitely a great way to go. But don’t just jump into taking the test. Even high school graduates can’t pass the GED sometimes because they test different things, like logic and comprehension. Find a good study program and take some practice tests first to make sure you’re ready. Then when you take the GED test, you’ll pass it for sure and enter into college along with all your old classmates. Don’t feel bad or ashamed, you’re thinking about your future! Good luck!
My Own Two Feet
Ashlea from California
What motivated you to get your GED degree? I dropped out of high school at a young age, and now I’m trying to get into college. Getting a GED will help me to have a (Read more...)
How have your friends and family helped you? They thought it was a great idea that I wanted to do something with my life, and not wait until it was too late.
What problems have you faced? I faced feeling like the stupid one all the time. I didn’t understand school when I went, so I just turned to the streets and got myself into trouble all the time. I went down the wrong road.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? Getting my GED will show everyone that I’m not a screw up, and that I made it on my own two feet. I want to go to college so that one day, when I have kids, they will look up to me. So I can take better care of them. I want to work at Sea World, or became a teacher, but any career that pays good money I’m down for.
Do you have more to your story? I’ve just got to say that if I can make it, anyone can.
From The GED Academy: Good luck with getting your GED degree! High school is a challenge for everyone, and then even more so if you’re finding it difficult to understand things! But you have another chance to make something of yourself, and you’re taking it right away! You’re only 18, and you’ve already made this decision, so congratulations, you’re on the right road now! Find a good prep program and brush up on your skills, and you’ll be in college right along with everyone else in no time. You’ll show them all you’ve got what it takes!
What motivated you to get your GED degree? My motivation to get my GED is the fact that, in order to get my diploma, I’d have to get 14 credits in the next year, but (Read more...)
I’m only allowed to get 6 a year. That would mean I’d have to get a modified diploma, and I’d like to not be in school when I turn 18 this year. My birthday is in November.
How have your friends and family helped you? My DHS Caseworker, Michael.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? I really want to become an animal cop that works with the ASPCA in Houston.
From The GED Academy: You have very specific and clear goals. It’s tough when you can see your own future so clearly, but circumstances hold you back such as those 14 credits. Look into other options as well, such as taking college classes that can give you both credits in high school and college at the same time. You’re still very young with your whole life in front of you, so don’t feel like it’s too late, or that you’re running out of time. You’re only 17! You’ve got your whole future ahead of you, and with determination and in setting those clear and specific goals, you’ll be sure to reach them no matter which path you take. Good luck!
I’m Three Years Behind
Jason from Oregon
What motivated you to get your GED degree? The fact that I’m three years behind in my credits.
How have your friends and family helped you? They want me to get (Read more...)
my GED, so I can go to job corps.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? I want to be an auto mechanic.
From The GED Academy: Good luck with your GED! An auto mechanic is a great goal. Just keep moving forward, you’re still very young and you’ve got your whole life ahead of you. You’ll have your GED in no time!
I’m Not Moving Up
Cody from Virginia
What motivated you to get your GED degree? Me, when I realized that I’m not moving up in life.
How have your friends and family helped you? Other than my mom, (Read more...)
my family doesn’t help me. They don’t want anything to do with me because of what I used to do in the past. My ex-girlfriend used to help a lot, but now she’s not talking to me.
What problems have you faced? No problems so far. I just need to find a good website online to study and to take the GED test, so I can find a new job.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? A new life. I dropped out of school in 6th grade, because I was hanging out with bad people. They smoked weed and drank, so I moved in with them because I thought it was fun. Then my ex-girlfriend (back when we were dating) told me that I should stop and think about what I’ve been doing all those years. I even had to go to court with one of the friends I was living with for not going to school all this time. Then all my friends moved away. I said I couldn’t move with them, because I couldn’t live that kind of life anymore. So, I moved in with my mom’s friend who makes me go to school every day. But, I dont see why I should go back to school. I dropped out in the 6th grade, and now I’m in the 10th grade, but I’m too far behind to finish!
Do you have more to your story? I’m hoping to pass the GED test, so I can get a good paying job. Then I can buy a truck, move out, and live on my own. I turn 18 in November. I want to meet new people and maybe find a girlfriend that treats me the way I treat her. But, I don’t know... I’m tired of getting hurt and cheated on. That’s another reason why I dropped out of school. All my ex-girlfriends just keep hurting me. All I want is to pass the GED test and to start a new life.
From The GED Academy: Thanks for keeping us updated! It sounds like life is pretty complicated for you. Last time you wrote us though, you said that your family supported you 100%. What happened? If you’re on the right track now, maybe it might be a good idea to talk to them and let them know you’ve changed. Ask for their help. It’s always difficult to do things on your own. But it also sounds like your mom’s friend who is making you go to school cares about you and your education too.
Often times, when things are difficult, our first thought is to start over. But starting over rarely solves problems. Try to look at the good things in your life. Look for people around you who you can talk to and confide in. Don’t worry about getting another girlfriend right now, you need to focus on your education, your future, and yourself. If you cultivate these things, then the right person will eventually come along. But for now, just work on making the best out of the situation you’re in, and take things one step at a time. You can pass the GED test! You can have a great future! Just take it one step at a time. Good luck!
I’ve Made a Lot of Plans
What motivated you to get your GED? I realized that I’m not going anywhere in life because I dropped out of school in the 6th grade. I lived with some bad people who did (Read more...)
drugs. Now I’m 17, I found new friends that I live with, and I just started going back to school this year. I’m in the 10th grade, and I’m to far behind to pass, so I’ll need a GED.
How have your friends and family helped you? My love and my family are always there for me 100%.
What problems have you faced? I hope to get my GED because I want to save a lot of money in order to move to see my love, who lives three hours away.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED? One of the reasons why I want to... no, NEED to get my GED is to go see my love, who lives three hours away. We haven’t talked in about 60 days, and I need to know what’s going on. Me and my girl made A LOT of plans! We want to get a big house with a big yard, some nice big trucks, get married, and have 2 kids (a boy and girl). So, that’s why I need to get my GED, to find out.
From The GED Academy: That’s wonderful that your friends and family are there for you! Having support like that really helps. A GED is a good way to get a good paying job. It’s also a good start toward the future that you want. Having a big house costs money, and the more education you have, the more money you’ll likely acquire throughout your lifetime. Hopefully things are OK with your girlfriend, and good luck with your GED!
I’ve Got to Do Something With Myself
What motivated you to get your GED? I dropped out of High School when i was 16 because I don’t handle drama very well, and that’s all my school was. I went to Job (Read more...)
Corps but couldn’t stay focused. I’ve always had a hard time staying on task and sticking to something I start. After sitting on my butt at home and hanging out with friends for 5 months, I went running one day and realized that I’ve got to do something with myself.
How have your friends and family helped you? My family is very supportive. They all want me to do better with my life: to become somebody important. Until I Started dating my boyfriend, Miles, I just kept postponing it. He told me last night, all I do is sit at home all day wanting to talk to him. I need to do something that will better myself. At first i thought, “Wow, your kinda mean.” Then I realized, he only wants to help me.
What problems have you faced? I’ve had two suicide attempts in the last two years. I lost my Granny, and I dropped out of high school. I overcame all my problems with the help and support of my friends and family.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED? My goal is to have a life that’s better than those who I hang out with. Most of my friends are in their 20’s, and they still live with their parents: jobless and dependant on others to take care of both them and their children. I want to be able to take care of my own, and build a life for myself that will allow me to depend on me, not those around me.
Do you have more to your story? At 17, I already realize that without an education, you wont get anywhere. You’ll depend on everyone else except yourself to take care of all your needs. Get your education and learn to live for yourself. Stick with what you start.
From The GED Academy: Those are very inspiring words. We’re glad that you’re taking this seriously, and that you’ve found something to look forward to in your life. Lots of teenagers feel like the overly dramatic world of High School is what life is all about, but once you leave, you quickly realize that there’s much more out there. An education is definitely important in order to achieve your goals, but it looks like you’ve already got the right attitude to move closer to those goals, and that’s the hardest part. Just remember that life can always change, and that you’re the one in control of it. Good luck, and let us know when you’ve passed your GED!
A Brighter Future
Destiny from Oregon
What motivated you to get your GED? I’ve never been good at school. I would try my best at everything, but it seemed like I kept failing. I was a freshman twice. I started (Read more...)
getting behind and confused. I decided that I need to do something for myself. I need a good life for myself, and later on, for my own family.
How have your friends and family helped you? Well, my parents are split up. I dont have a relationship with my dad, and my mom doesnt really help. My godparents and my boyfriend have helped me. They tell me that they believe in me everyday-that they know I will have a bright future. I thank them for being there for me and supporting me.
What problems have you faced? I have problems studying and getting myself motivated to do something with my life.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED? What I hope to gain from getting my GED is a bright future. I’ve always wanted to be a psychologist. I love helping people and knowing that I’ve helped them. I want to have a great future with my boyfriend. I want to be able to help bring food to the table. I want to have a wonderful family and know that someday, when I have kids, that they will have a great life. I want to be able to help them with whatever they need.
From The GED Academy: A GED is a good way to get you started on a better life. When you study for the GED, really pay attention to what it is that helps you understand concepts, and what makes you lose interest or simply not get it. If you want to move on to college, you could have similar difficulties in classes that you did in high school. If you do, it’s just because you haven’t found out what the best way for you to learn is! We all have different ways of learning; sometimes you need to hear the information, sometimes you need to see it in a visual format, like with charts and graphs, and sometimes you need to write it out and work with it in some sort of physical way before you understand it. Sometimes you may even need all three! If you notice that you don’t understand something very well when a teacher is just talking, you might need a visual version of it, like an image of what they’re talking about, to help you understand. Take action in the classroom. Talk to your teachers or the administration and let them know what you need!
What’s Best for Me
Briana from Texas
What motivated you to get your GED? I realized that it was the best thing for me to do since I have been slacking off in school. I’m not lazy, it’s just that all the (Read more...)
work can be very stressful. The alternative school I’m in is extremely stressful, because it seems like the more work I complete, the more work I still have to do. It’s like I’m not getting anywhere.
How have your friends and family helped you? Both of my friends and my cousin have helped me. At first, my mother didn’t approve of it. However, I finally got it through to her that it was best for me, because I wanted to start going to college soon.
What problems have you faced? The problem that I faced at first was talking to my teachers about my situation. I finally got the courage to tell them how I really felt about getting my GED. They agreed that it’s what’s best for me.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED? I really hope to pass the GED and get on with my life.
From The GED Academy: There’s a saying that says the more you learn, the more you discover how little you know. This idea came from Socrates, who was considered a very wise man, and it’s very true. There’s just too much to know, and no one can know it all. The best thing to do is realize that you simply can’t know everything. Just learn what you can when you can. Take it slow and easy, and eventually you’ll get to where you want to be. Good luck!
Six High Schools
Kaylee from Washington
What motivated you to get your GED? Well, I have been to six high schools in the past two years, and I’m really behind on my credits. I feel really overwhelmed with the (Read more...)
thought of not making something out of myself in my later years. I really think getting a GED will open a lot more doors for me to support myself.
How have your friends and family helped you? My family isn’t very put together, so I can’t say they’ve done much to help. However, that’s just another reason to do something for myself so that one day, I can support my own family and make the best of what I’ve got.
What problems have you faced? Problems I’ve faced have been things like my parents financially struggling, getting evicted, and their divorce. I want so badly to not struggle the way my parents do. I know everyone has hardships, but I want to know that I did something to make my troubles a little less harsh. I think by getting my GED, I have a better shot at achieving that goal.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED? In the future, I really want to travel and see parts of the world I’ve never seen before. Before I settle down and make a family, I want to have as many different expierences as I possibly can, because I really want to see everything for what it really is and not just because that’s what I heard about it. I want to be able to tell my own stories about what I’ve lived through. Then when I decide that I want a family, I want to live on a farm with lots of open land. I almost want two different parts to my life—one part being the more social side of me: going out in the cities and being able to buy what I want without worrying too much about affording bills—another side being the side I can let go: own a few horses, go camping, fishing, swimming, quading, and biking. I love animals, so maybe I’ll open a pet shop. However, my overall dream is to be happy with my life. I want to feel the satisfaction that I have made my life everything I want it to be.
Do you have more to your story? I have really big dreams that seem so far away. I just hope I get the GED so I can reel in those dreams and make them my reality. I have strong thoughts that getting my GED will open doors for me, allowing myself to make it happen.
From The GED Academy: You sound like you really know what you want, and have the drive to definitely go get it! Having strong, clear visions of exactly what you want for yourself is one of the best ways to succeed in getting them. The only question to ask yourself at this point is if dropping out and getting your GED is the best course of action. While the GED is equivalent to a diploma, sticking with high school is generally the best course of action. Sticking with difficult things teaches an invaluable life lesson, because life often hands us difficult things we simply must stick with in order to get ahead in the world. However, if having switched to so many different high schools throughout the years has set you back so far that you’re having to do more than the average student just to get through, then perhaps a GED is the best thing for you. Naturally, the choice is yours to make. Just remember that high school has lessons to be learned outside the classroom as well. But, no matter what choice you make, you know what you want and are determined to get it, and that’s going to get you through to the end. Good luck!
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.
Getting to College Quickly
Hannah from Oklahoma
What motivated you to get your GED? have always been on the more advanced side as far as students go. Throughout elementary school I was placed in accelerated programs. Instead of (Read more...)
doing sixth grade, my parents chose to pull me out and opt for homeschooling, placing me a year ahead. Now I am in a mixed state of my junior and senior years of high school and am being held back by a simple lack of credits. I am uninterested in high school. I’m ready to move on with my life. It is because of this that I have decided to obtain my GED and move on to college in the fall a full two years earlier than originally planned. Through the research I’ve done, and the number of testimonies I’ve heard, I feel like this is a good option.
How have your friends and family helped you? My mother has supported me the most of anyone.
What problems have you faced? The first problem I have faced is my father’s opposition. He saw it as taking the easy way out and being a failure. He believed that I would be constantly competing for jobs. It was difficult to get him to understand that the face of education is changing and that many people are using the GED to get an early start. As far as academics are concerned, math is my weakness. However, I am confident that with enough studying, I will do well (I am not pursuing any mathematics or science in college).
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED? I am hoping that with the GED, I will be able to go farther and sooner in college than I would have. I want to obtain a degree in languages or photography (my two passions), travel the world, and potentially work as an interpreter or photographer. I have no plans to spend my life sitting behind a desk in a cubicle farm. My only apprehension is that the stigma of the GED being the “quitter’s diploma” will hinder me. However, I will remain hopeful, without stretching into naivety.
From The GED Academy: It sounds like you really know what you want! It’s true that many people get their GED early and are much happier for it, especially when they feel that high school is only holding them back. It’s great that you want to get going with your life. A danger to getting a GED early is that it does encourage the idea that there is an “easy way out.” When it comes to high school and college, a diploma does signify that you have learned something, but it also signifies that you have stuck with something that is difficult, not only to others, but to yourself as well. Once you enter the workforce, there will be many times that the job seems pointless and boring, even in the most exciting of occupations. School not only educates us, but prepares us to stick with things during those tough times. If you’re excited to get started with college, that’s great, and we wish you the best of luck with your GED and future goals. Just keep these things in mind as you progress through college and beyond.
I Couldn’t Live At Home Anymore
John from North Carolina
What motivated you to get your GED? Well, I dropped out of high school so I could work more and move out of my dad’s house. I was taking all honors classes and was a B/C (Read more...)
student. I would have easily graduated, but I could not take living at home anymore. I want to go to college. I know I would do well, but I need to get high school out of the way.
How have your friends and family helped you? Not at all.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED? College.
From The GED Academy: It takes a lot of initiative and courage to move out and live on your own. Keep your sights set on your goals though, and you’re sure to achieve them. Remember to check out financial aid for college to help you through it. School can be difficult to manage when you’re working full-time, and financial aid can help. Good luck!
I’m Sick of School.
Emily from Missouri
What motivated you to get your GED? I am so sick of being in school, and the teachers I have make me feel stupid. No matter how much I study or how hard I try, I just cannot live (Read more...)
up to their expectations. I am not failing anything. I am passing all my classes with rather high grades. One honor class is difficult but I am not the only one struggling. I know I will have to wait a little more but that’s why I am beginning the preparations now. I just want to get my life started because I feel like I am falling behind.
How have your friends and family helped you? My mom did not graduate. My father did but there is a complicated story behind that. I don’t want to end up like them.
What problems have you faced? I need to know all the requirements for Missouri for getting a GED at my age.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED? I hope to have more time to think over what I want to do and to work. I want to become a nurse and a part time hairstylist. I also want to own businesses on the side. Am I thinking too large?
I Need to Know If I’m Smart Enough.
Jacqueline from Ohio
What motivated you to get your GED? I am very mature for my age because I grew up around only adults, therefore I do a lot of adult things. I am currently home schooled and hold a (Read more...)
part-time (almost full-time) job, and I want out of school for now so that I can do nothing but work because my mother is a mom of 3 and single and I would like to help her as much as possible. I just can’t seem to motivate myself to do my school work anymore. I’m very smart if I try hard enough and I think that getting a G.E.D. will help in the long run. After 18 I want to go to college to be a nurse or a vet but as for the here and now I need all the work hours I can get. I don’t have time for school.
How have your friends and family helped you? My mom is my biggest support and also my best friend. She said that she would help me study only if it is what I really want to do. That means signing me out of school and passing my G.E.D. All my friends are of age and most of them disagree, but it will not stop me.
What problems have you faced? I just need to know if I’m smart enough to pass the G.E.D before I go and have my mom sign me out of school.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED? orking and saving money for college to become a nurse or a vet.
I Need a Good Job.
Dominique from Louisiana
The reason I want my GED is because I’m in 8th grade, and that’s bad, and I need a good job. My family and friends help me, and they were all saying the same thing, to go get (Read more...)
my GED. I have problem in math and social studies, reading and writing. I hope to pass the GED.
From The GED Academy: We understand your desire to pass the GED. For many people, school is a frustrating experience, and there isn’t always the help you need to get through it. Since you’re only sixteen, though, it’s important to make any effort you can to make it through a traditional school.
Louisiana has special requirements for people who are under the age of 19 to take the GED. You can take the GED test if you’re 17 or older and not enrolled in a K-12 school, but if you’re 17 or 18, you must enroll in Adult Education classes and pass an Official Half-Length GED Practice Test before you can take the GED. If you and your family decide that the GED is the best route, start by finding Adult Education classes in your area. If you need extra help, the GED Academy can provide it, but the state of Louisiana will require that you take Adult Ed courses as well.
It’s Possible to Come from Nothing and to Be Something.
Watika from Virginia
When I first started High School as a Freshman, I was very overwhelmed and excited. Then as I grew older, and went to different grade levels, each year I started to slack. I thought I (Read more...)
had made the biggest mistake ever, by slacking my Junior year, and not having enough credits to be a Senior and graduate with my class in 2009. But now, I’m working on getting my GED, and graduating on time with my Senior Class (:
Reason for Leaving School: I left school my Junior year, and it was because I had to do what was best for me.
Reason to Get a GED: I wanted to get my GED, not only because I was the only sibling out of my family that wouldn’t graduate, but because I wanted to make my parents happy. I wanted to fix my mistake, as best as I could and to show them that I have the potential, the right state of mind, and that I am smart enough to do it. My hopes with this whole GED thing, is that I can pass all the courses that I missed by a few points, and that I’ll be eligible to get through.
My goals are to get my GED and to go off to college and have a nice job and make good money. My dreams for the future are for me to make something of myself. I want to be able to say I graduated with a GED and I can still do as much as a normal High School graduate can. I want to show everybody else, that you don’t necessarily have to have a good job, a big house, a nice car, and to be living large, to make something of yourself. It’s possible to come from nothing and to be something, and I want to be one of those people!
One Thing I Need for My Dreams: Working hard, staying focused, and doing what’s right!
I Don’t Have Another Choice.
Shanell from Illinois
Hi, my name is Shanell, and I was enrolled in an alternative high school called Prologue and I was supposed to graduate in 2009, but since the credit score has changed it’s going (Read more...)
to take a another year to graduate.
Reason for Leaving School: Because not being able to get to that school on time because of how far it was. I lived south and the school was all the way up north.
Reason to Get a GED: Because I feel that I don’t have another choice. I want to be a cosmetologist and a pharmacist. Open my own hair salon.
One Thing I Need for My Dreams: Graduate out of high school or get a GED go to college and graduate.
From The GED Academy: The GED Academy never recommends that current high school /students drop out, because what you learn in school is good experience for life. If you can’t complete school, don’t put off your future… college is the best goal for success!
I Want to Go to College Early.
Kala from Alabama
I about to be 16 years old. Most people think if you drop out, you’re stupid. Sometimes that might be the case but not in mine. I wanna drop out, get my GED, get a job, and go to (Read more...)
college early. I would be going to college either way, so it’s actually not that bad as long as you do the right thing.
Reason for Leaving School: I want to when I turn 16 December 1.
Reason to Get a GED: I wanna go to college after I get my GED. I wanna be an ultrasound tech.
One Thing I Need for My Dreams: To set my mind to it.
From The GED Academy: One thing we’re sure of… people drop out for a lot of reasons, but it never means they’re “stupid.” But The GED Academy never recommends that current high school /students drop out. Sometimes, the extra preparation in the last years of school can help you a lot with college and life. In Alabama, to take the GED when you’re 16, you’ll need your parents’ permission, in a notarized letter, as well a letter confirming that you’ve dropped out of school. So, you’ll need to talk with your parents. Maybe your parents have some good ideas to help you finish school. Try to listen to them, and maybe that will help them listen to your point of view, too. Think about all the reasons you want to drop out, and try to put them in perspective. This is your future, and you want to make the best decision possible.
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