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
Ashley from Oregon
I always wanted to get my high school diploma, but I got pregnant at sixteen and decided to drop out. When I turned eighteen, I went back with fourteen credits, but the school that I (Read more...)
went back to told me I only had ten (even when I had the proof in writing from the last school I attended), so was pissed! I said forget it and dropped out again because I figured I’d get my GED faster anyway. Wrong! It took me a while because I was in a very bad car accident. I suffered severe head trauma, my face from my nose on up all bones are broken, a piece of my brain is gone. I have a titanium plate in my head to hold my brain up. I had to learn how to read and write all over again. So like I said its hard, or at least that’s what I thought. I already took the test this January and did pretty good! I scored a 420 in both language arts (reading and writing), 430 in science, 440 in social studies and 370 in math. So I know I can pass it, its just that dang math I can’t get for the life of me!
My family & my old teacher I stay in touch with always motivates me & reminds me that I can do it, and that I will pass the GED test, and that’s what keeps me going. Not only that, I have four children and a husband I have to take care of, and of course I want the best for our kids.
The problem is math! Everything else I’ve got that covered, I just need to study a little bit more, get my reading score up and I’ve got it! I’ts just that dang math! I know I need help with the word problems definitely, and the answer grid or whatever you call it. When I see the answer grid I just skip that part and don’t even try. Its too much for me. I need it to be multiple choice! 80% of the math test is multiple choice, the other 20% percent is that grid.
I want to get my GED so I can go to school for health care administration. Also to better my children’s life. I want them to have a better life than I did. I want to show them even though I had a hard time with learning after the car accident, I still was able to go back and get my GED, so there’s no excuse for what you can accomplish in life. If you want something in life you go get it! And you do your very best! My children are going to succeed in life, period. As a mother I refuse to let them fail.
I can’t wait to pass the GED test! It’s hard but I know I can do it! I’ve already taken the test once this year (2013), but you can only take it three times a year. Also come 2014 they’re gonna change the test and, the price is gonna be sky high, like 95 dollars per test! And get this, if you don’t pass the test by December of this year then no matter what your scores are you have to start all over again, plus pay the 95 dollars per test! Hey, I’m like sweet brown, I don’t have time for that! So that’s why when I go take the test again I wanna be ready, and I’m going to be. I’m almost there!
From the GED Academy: What an inspiration you are, and now it sounds like you’re so close!Grid problems are definitely a challenge. However, since you know where your tough spots are, you know exactly what to practice! Take some time every day to sit down and do a few of the math problems that trouble you. By doing just a little each day, you’ll begin to find that each day they get easier (and you’ll decrease anxiety which helps put you at ease come test day). At this point, it’s really just about practice! Good luck, and don’t hesitate to give us a call if you ever get hung up on a problem!
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’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!
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!
Brenna from Oregon
I always had trouble with math. It’s always affected me in school but now I want to get my GED and still get a nice paying job in my life. I left school because I didn’t like (Read more...)
going to math class and getting teased for not knowing what 6 divided by 12 was, and now I have my final GED test coming up, and I don’t think I’m ready to take it. I’m scared and need some help.
I want to get my GED so I can get a job and help my mom raise my little sister, and so I can go to college and be a beautician, that’s my dream
The one thing that would help me get my dream is me passing my GED to make my family proud for the first time.
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