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
Mercedez from Pennsylvania
What motivated me to get my GED was my son and my daughter. I got pregnant at 14 with my son. Now I’m 17 and pregnant with my daughter. I tried to stay in school, but because my (Read more...)
son needed medical attention, I was barley able to keep up in school. Once I got pregnant with my second child, I realized I needed to do something now. That’s when I decided to get my GED.
I don’t have many friends or family, but the people who are involved with my son have cheered me on along the way.
While I was studying for my GED, I was working and taking prep classes. Once my pregnancy became high risk, I had to leave work. I then lost my ability to keep my child in daycare which was what allowed me to take the prep classes. I was forced to immediately take my last three tests. I passed two, but still have to retest one.
My hopes are to show my kids, and everyone else, that you can still make your dreams happen even when facing many obstacles. My dream is to go to John Hopkins University after completing two years at a community college.
From the GED Academy: It sounds like you’re really working hard to secure a good future for you and your family, even despite any obstacles that stand in your way, and we’re cheering you along as well! You’re so close! With online courses, you can get the practice in that you still need while staying home with your son. Then you’ll pass that last test for sure!
Good luck. We know you can do it!
The Courage to Pursue My Dreams
Jazzibel from Pennsylvania
What motivated me to get my GED are my 3 beautiful kids. And the strong will to become a nurse. Since I was a child I had always enjoyed helping others.
My husband and children are (Read more...)
my motivation to continue on this fulfilling journey to accomplishing my dreams. I got my GED march 14th 2011/ And was top of my class.
Well for starters, I had never planned on ever getting my GED. I had high hopes of graduating high school. And walking down the aisle in front of a huge crowd earning my diploma, while my parents and family were there to cheer me on. Well, that all changed when I got pregnant at 16 years old. I honestly thought I had met my prince charming. But now I realize how far from the truth that really was. I come from a rather wealthy family that always expected perfection from me. So when they found out there little princess was not so innocent. They cut me off quicker then I can grasp. Before you knew it, I was pretty much barefoot and pregnant with nowhere to turn to. I bounced from house to house trying keep a roof over my head. I don’t know how I did it. God must’ve loved me, because I was always protected from harm’s way. Now I have my own house, am happily married, and continuing to defy the odds. I will succeed. I have to. The way I look at it is I’ve already witnessed the storm. Now comes the sunshine sooner or later.
I already accomplished a HUGE goal. And that’s getting my GED!!! The next step is to get my behind into nursing school. Once I have earned my nursing degree, then I can finally say that I MADE IT!! I have shed alot of blood, sweat and tears, but honestly if it weren’t for all the bad things that has happened in my life, I would not be the women, the mother and wife I am today.
What got me through the tough times were these two quotes and of course the man upstairs. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” Another quote I love is, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”
From the GED Academy: Your story is amazing! It must have been incredibly difficult to have been on your own at such a stressful time in your life. But you made it through, you have your GED, and you’re on your way. Realize that what you’ve already done in your life take so much. You’re an incredibly strong person, and an example to others. We know you’ll make a great nurse! And thanks for the story!
Help with the GED Math Test
Sasha from Pennsylvania
What motivated you to get your GED degree? I always knew I needed my diploma.
How have your friends and family helped you? My family was always there helping me study (Read more...)
and telling me to never give up.
What problems have you faced? I have taken all my GED exams and passed all but one: math. I’ve taken it 8 times in the past 3 years, and I don’t know what to do. I have taken classes and studied in every way.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? I hope to continue my education and find employment. I’m not getting any younger.
Do you have more to your story? I never wanted to drop out. I just wanted to graduate sooner, so I went to job corps. That didnt work out. Now I’m stuck with no education or employment. I’m embarrassed of how many times ive taken the ged math and still can’t pass it. I just feel like giving up. I even went and tried the EOP program to get my highschool diploma. With my luck, I went for a year, then the program was taken out the school.
From The GED Academy: It sounds like you’re really trying hard and continuing to hit road blocks! If you’ve taken classes and are still struggling, then you need to find someone to talk to one-on-one. Math is a big subject, and you need to find out exactly what about Math is tripping you up. Taking practice tests are a good way to see what problems you missed and study those types of problems specifically. I’d stop thinking of it in terms of, “I have a problem with math” though, and start thinking about exactly what the issue is. Do you have a problem with fractions? Word Problems? Algebra? Start there, and hold off on taking the math test again until you’re confident you can pass.
I Just Want to Finish
Debbie from Pennsylvania
What motivated you to get your GED degree? I have tried this several times, but as I get older, I just want finish it. I have allowed others to pull me down in life. Now I want to (Read more...)
fly high with the birds. I know if I put my mind to it, I can and I will do this.
How have your friends and family helped you? My daughter has inspired me the most. She is the love of my life. She is attending a collage, holding a 98.4 grade average, and her strength is just so remarkable. I want so much to make her as proud of me as I am of her.
What problems have you faced? I have a really hard time with math and social studies. I have to write the information several times in order for me to remember it. I just can’t seem to retain it, no matter how hard I work at it.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? I want to lift my self esteem, and go on to collage. I want to be more in life than just a high school drop out. I want to show my family that I loved myself enough to make a difference in my life.
From The GED Academy: That’s wonderful that your daughter has been able to inspire you! Math is difficult for many people, and everyone has their own way of understanding it. Don’t give up, though! Don’t throw your hands in the air and say, “Math and social studies are beyond me!” Make it a goal to find out what the best way for you to study those two subjects are. Even after you pass your GED, making education a lifelong goal keeps our minds sharp and our self-esteem high. You can also try to learn those subjects, and then plan on telling you daughter about what you learned. Teaching is one of the best ways to learn!
Good luck, and let us know when you pass!
My Passion is Boiling Over
Colin from Pennsylvania
What motivated you to get your GED degree? I always knew I needed one. I’ve been in and out of training to get my GED since I was 18. Now I’m 37.
How have (Read more...)
your friends and family helped you? They kept on reminding me that I could do it.
What problems have you faced? Math has been my only obstacle.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? Once I get my diploma, I want to get into computers. There’s this commercial about a particular school that I want to attend. I called and went on a tour of the school. I almost joined, but when they asked me about my high school diploma or my GED, I had to tell them I didn’t have one. I felt so embarrassed that I walked out and didn’t look back. Now when I see that commercial, the passion in me about computers boils over, because for the first time in my whole life, I know what I want to do, but I have one huge thing holding me back. It’s not the GED. It’s myself… To be continued when I finally get my diploma.
From The GED Academy: You’re right, you’re the one who’s holding you back. Realizing that is a huge step toward not only getting your GED, but getting many things in life! It’s also very hard to work hard for something when you don’t have a clear goal in mind as to where it’s going to take you. Now that you know what you want, use that passion you have about computers and you’ll find it much easier than ever before! But do remember that it still takes a lot of work and determination on top of having a clear goal in mind. Good luck! Keep us updated!
My Daughter Deserves More.
Shannon from Pennsylvania
What motivated you to get your GED? I had to end high school only having a 10th grade education due to mental health problems. I got pregnant a year after that and was unable to (Read more...)
attend school. My daughter is 8 months old, and she deserves more from me than what I’ve settled for. She changed my life. She made me believe in myself, and now I need to give her more. I want to believe in myself as much as she does.
How have your friends and family helped you? I don’t have many friends or family. I was in foster care, but my boyfriend believes in me and my daughter, and really that’s all I need except to believe in myself. I’ve been trying so hard but have not reached any result. Now I feel it’s time for me to believe in myself as much as they do.
What problems have you faced? I don’t drive. I’m on a government income so transportation and financial are major problems.
What do you hope to achieve with your GED? I want to go to culinary school and open up my own restaurant. I want a better life for me and my family.
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