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
Getting My Act Together
Travis from Oklahoma
What motivated you to get your GED? If I don’t get my GED, I probably won’t ever get anywhere in life.
How have your friends and family helped you? Not (Read more...)
that I know of.
What problems have you faced? My problem is getting started with studying and keeping up with it once I have. I’ll get started one day, then get bored and never go back to it. I keep telling myself each day that I’m going to study for my GED, but I dont. Hopefully I’ll get my act together soon.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED? Go to college and open up my options. Also, I want to be a smarter person.
From The GED Academy: Procrastination is a problem that everyone deals with, even college graduates. There’s no easy fix to make yourself do the things you know you should. Try setting a time at the beginning of your day, either directly after you wake up, or directly after you get home from work. Plan to study for 30 minutes each day right at the beginning of whenever your free time starts. Set a timer, and don’t let yourself do anything else until 30 minutes have gone by. When you push things back to the end of your day, it’s very easy to put them off until the next day, and this cycle can last forever. You can do it, it’s just going to take some willpower. If you can manage to develop good study habits now, that alone will help you not to procrastinate so much in other aspects of your life as well. Good luck!
Happily Ever After
Destiny from Oklahoma
What motivated you to get your GED? I realized when I first dropped out of school that I used to like it. I don’t really like it now, though. However, I want to go back for (Read more...)
my family. They really motivate me, and I love them.
How have your friends and family helped you? My family helped me get through a lot. They inspired me to do better and showed me how important it is to have a good family behind you.
What problems have you faced? Well, in order to get money, I need an education. I can only get an education if I actually go to school. So here I am, trying to solve both problems.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED? First, I want to save a lot of money. After I have enough, I am going to buy a car. Then I’m going to save some more money and buy a house. I don’t want to rent. I want to to get matching furniture. Then I will move in with my two babies. I want to work hard so I can get a really good job. Then I can pay for these things quicker.
Do you have more to your story? Yes, we are going to live happily ever after!
From The GED Academy: Be careful about doing things only for other people. If you don’t like doing something and are only doing it because you feel like your family wants you to, there’s a good chance you won’t follow through and finish. And even if you do finish, it will be a miserable experience! It’s important to get your GED, of course, but the best thing for you to do now is to try and remember what it was you used to like about school. Use that and try to find new things you like about it. You should never accept that you HAVE to do something you dislike and simply grit your teeth together while you do it. You’ll always get much better results if you find the things you do like about it! It looks like you’ve got your goals planned out, and that’s great! Focus on that car and house, and that will help you through the tough times as well.
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.
It Was Time for Me to Go Back.
Ginger from Oklahoma
What motivated you to get your GED? Well I knew that it was time for me to go on back to school so I can have my high school diploma because anymore you have to have it to get a (Read more...)
good paying job, and I want my kids to see that I done it so they can.
How have your friends and family helped you? They just told me that I could do it.
What problems have you faced? Well, I need help in math a lot and the essay part.
What do you hope to achieve with your GED? My goal is to go into nursing.
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