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
Finally Beat the Math!
Vanessa from New York
I knew I needed my GED since I came to America in 1992. I did get it, however; I took it about 5 times and kept failing because of the math. I’ve been taking the GED since it was 3 (Read more...)
digits, and the passing score was 225. I kept going and going, but kept giving up every time I got the results back, and I didn’t pass. Then when they changed the GED to the 2250 score, I took it again (in 2006) and failed the math again with same old low ugly score of 360. I was so hurt that I called Albany and asked one of the representatives if someone up there knew me because they kept on giving me the same 36/360 ugly score in math! The lady of course laughed at me, and said girl are you crazy (yeah, I was in so much denial that it was messing with my mind). However, after getting “fired” from my job this January 2013, I knew I had to do something because with all the skills I had I was not earning the money I needed and wanted because I had no degree.
I was reading about people and their GED struggles, and came upon someone who mentioned the GED Academy and how they are good, and that “if he can pass he knew anyone can pass.” So I decided to look them up on the web, and it was sounding really promising. The next day I called and spoke to Rob—who was very helpful by the way—and I signed up. I paid my $189 (which is not bad, because you will have this program even after you pass your GED). I got started around early March, and I was doing every one of Leonard’s recommended lessons, and finding I was getting better and better each day. I was still very nervous with math, but I liked the fact that you could rewind and fast forward this program to your advantage. I filled out my GED Test application and requested two dates to take the test on. I got April 15 and 17. I went quietly. I didn’t mentioned it to anyone but God. I took this exam all by my lonesome just in case. If I failed again no one would know, and I wouldn’t feel hurt and pi**ed off again.
I came home from work on May 8th. I was telling myself it was around this time that I should receive my results. After checking the mail I saw the small envelope and started crying, because back in the day I knew that if you see a small envelope it meant that you failed and a big envelope meant that you passed, because that was your certificate. Anyway I came upstairs, opened it to see which subject I failed, and to my surprise there was this cute little certificate and I burst out crying, literally sobbing so loud you would have thought someone died. This was how happy and lifted I was. Anyone who’s taken the GED 5 or 6 times should know exactly how I felt. Especially with them changing it next January. I was more than happy to have pass this freaking thing finally!!! I scored the highest in writing and reading. I barely passed math, but who cares? I passed!! I asked God for the minimum score of 410, and he give me an extra 10 points. Alleluia! Math is so not my friend, so I was very happy that I passed.
My sister was always saying to me when you get that “thing” you will see how much better your life will get. Also, my brother-in-law, when he found out I didn’t have my GED, was like “oh you definitely need that.” I used to be so stressed out every time I thought about the GED. My 16 year old nephew was even helping me with additional algebra since he tutors 5th graders. I even have a former co-worker who had so much confidence in me and was tutoring me. He told me that, “you’re going to pass,” and he was the first person I called when I got the results back.
I got very nervous during the social studies, because those passages were soooo long. When the instructor said we had 5 minutes left, I still had 10 more questions to go! So I started guessing, and said to myself, “I already passed this so I am not worried if I fail social studies.” Science wasn’t that bad, but science and math are related, and I did my best. I was very confident with the writing and reading, and believe you me, I even felt confident after I was finally done with the math. I said to myself, “I know for sure I won’t be getting no 360 this time.” There were quite a few percentages, and I was very confident doing those because Leonard was very good teaching these in class. I really didn’t have to take the entire exam over, but I did because I knew I could have scored higher, and that’s exactly what I did. I recommend taking the entire exam over, unless you scored 500 and up.
I am going to go and get my para-legal “ABA Certification,” and not this piece of crap they fooled me into getting that is not recognize by the ABA much-less companies who are hiring for paralegals. When you don’t have a high school diploma/GED, you can spend your hard earned money foolishly trying to get something the “easy way,” thinking it will get you a well paying job, only to be disappointed that it’s not even recognized. Then you end up feeling really mad at yourself for trying to take short-cuts.
All I can say is that I am VERY VERY happy and WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE!!! I didn’t think I would pass. You have no idea the FEAR math had me under. I use to cry every time someone mentioned math. Especially integers… Oh my gosh!!! Now I love doing integers, thanks to Leonard. I recommend the GED Academy to anyone who is going to get their GED, and with the GED changing next January, I am confident they will add more to have it ready! GED ACADEMY ROCKS!!! I salute you all!!!
From the GED Academy: What a wonderful, inspiring story you have! So many people struggle with math, so we are so thrilled to hear you were committed to passing and your years of hard work paid off. You’ve learned a valuable lesson in persistence and commitment to your goals. Those characteristics will serve you well in life. We wish you luck as you prepare for your para-legal certification and the next stage of your life.
Just Do It
Kim from New Jersey
I refused to be a statistic. I grew up in Camden, NJ which has a drop out rate of over 50 percent. I wanted more for my life and was not going to settle. School was not challenging. I (Read more...)
did not fit in, so I drifted. By the end of the tenth grade I wanted out. No money to go to a private school, so I just dropped out. People, including my own family, did not believe I could do it, so I had no support and limited encouragement. I had to figure out everything by myself, like financial aid and college applications. I did it, which sucked at the time, but it just made me stronger. It was my faith in God that pulled me through. I knew that he would do it for me. I dropped out at age 17 in 1991. I got my GED two months later. I started college in 1992 while my classmates were still in high school! I was able to start at a four year college. I was so lucky! I was having problems at home and needed to be away. In my junior year, I transferred to Rutgers University. I earned my BA in Sociology in 1997 and my Master’s degree in Social Work in 1999. I was 24 years old and did more than some of my old classmates at the time and even now.
My friends don’t even know. I have moved on and it happened so long ago. I do not feel the need to explain myself to them or anyone. I did it and took full responsibility for my actions. I did not realize how hard it would be, but I just took it one day at a time.
My math skills were horrible. I had to take remedial classes that carried no academic credit, so I was behind. At times I feared that I would never make it, so I fell into a deep depression throughout my college years. I did not have friends from high school, so I was alone with no support my freshman year. I started from scratch on everything. Some classes were really tough for me, and it was a constant battle the whole time I was in college to stay ahead.
After I got my Masters, I went to work at different social work jobs. I eventually became a probation officer which is what I am still today. I’ve been in my profession for almost twelve years. My dropout days were so long ago. It’s been twenty years since I left high school, and I’ve never looked back. There’s no need to. The ironic part is that sometimes I run into some old classmates who are on probation, and some of them even finished high school! It’s not where you start in life, it’s how you finish.
Just do it! People will have their opinion, but it’s up to you to make a life for yourself. Do not look back or blame anyone. Success does not come without hard work. So just take it one semester at a time, and you’ll get to where you’re supposed to be. Sometimes you have to fail to succeed. Learn from your failures and press forward!
From the GED Academy: We love stories like these, so thank you for sharing yours! Your success after such difficult times is a perfect example for students (and soon-to-be-students) who are intimidated about the idea of getting their GED. “ It’s not where you start in life, it’s how you finish.” These are wise words indeed.
My Efforts Have Paid Off!
Ian from Washington
I became unemployed due to a work place injury. I was unable to keep up with the demands of the construction company I worked for. I could not get a transcript from the UK in time to (Read more...)
start the next semester of college, but I could sit for my GED. My friends and family all stood behind me in my decisions and congratulated my efforts and successes. I hope to gain my masters degree in business admin eventually.
I entered a computer systems technology course at Eastern Maine Community College and gained my Associates in Applied Science with High Honors. From there I did an internship at Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield, ME. I now work at Husson University in Bangor as a Tech Support Specialist and plan to enter the computer information systems degree program in the fall of 2013. This is part of a 5 year MBA program offered here at Husson.
From the GED Academy: It sounds like you’re doing very well for yourself! Congratulations on all of your successes thus far, and thank you for sharing your story. It’s wonderful that you’ve overcome all of the obstacles that have stood in your way. You’re truly an inspiration, and we wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors.
One Day It Hit Me
KM from Indiana
After quitting high school, all I wanted to do was have fun and not worry about my future. I was really lazy and bored with life. However, one day it hit me like I always knew it would. (Read more...)
After 10 years of really doing nothing with my life, I made the best choice ever. I studied for about 2 months, a couple of hours a day, and then signed up to take my GED. And I passed!
I was the only one to motivate myself, and I’m so proud! I have such positive goals for my future now! I’m enrolling in college in March and am hoping to be a dental assistant. I’m so excited for what’s to come. So to anyone who reads this: please don’t give up ever and study study! The only thing in life you can do is TRY. Good Luck!!!
From the GED Academy: Congratulations! We’re proud of you too! And what a great inspiration you are to future GED students. It’s important to realize how motivation can really come out of nowhere and, like you said, just hit you. Now you’re on to bigger and better things, and we’re so excited for you. Good luck on whatever the future holds for you, and remember we’re rooting for you the whole way!
Moving Toward Success
When I started getting FAR behind in school, I decided I needed to get my GED. Everyone kept pushing me to not give up. I faced a lot problems, like not understanding some things and (Read more...)
trying to do it all on my own. I’ve been close to giving up.
When I fell back in school, I started getting into a lot of trouble. I was kicked out of a few schools before my parents got fed up with me and sent me to a military school. There, I received my GED. They made me a better person, and I want to continue moving on with my life. I want to be successful.
From the GED Academy: Congratulations on getting your GED! It sounds like you’re turning your life around, and we know you’ll keep moving down this path to success!
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!
Believe in Yourself
The school I was going to pretty much threw me aside as the administration and I did not see eye to eye. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and I wanted to show her that I was (Read more...)
going to make someone out of myself. I did it with full grades. When I took my test, it is worth it.
When it comes to my problems, I’ve never felt a need to ask for help. Just use your mind and it comes to you. Now, I have my GED, and I’m a successful business person. I hope to do more in the future to help teach others to be their best.
Don’t do drugs. It just messes everything up in life: your body and your soul! Believe in yourself, it will all work out. Hope will prevail.
From the GED Academy: Thanks for the inspirational words, and congratulations on getting your GED and finding success in your life. It’s wonderful that you’re spreading your story and trying to help others. We wish you all the luck for you continued success in the future!
Lawanda from Georgia
My kids, family and friends have all pushed me to achieve my goal of getting my GED. They help me and encourage me daily. My biggest problems I faced were doubt and the desire to give (Read more...)
up. I passed everything but math and science the first time, but studying, believing in myself, and most of all, prayer paid off. I’m so happy!
From the GED Academy: You are a great example of what a little dedication can do. Doubt can be the hardest thing a student overcomes, but your story shows how the hard work pays off, and overcomes the doubt in the end. Good luck on your life’s journey!
Passport to the Future
Travis from Texas
I was 17 and wanted to join the Army in 1989 and go to college. My GED allowed me to do that and much more.
My probation counselors motived me as I was a trouble at-risk kid, (Read more...)
assigned to a halfway house known as Youth Haven in Roanoke, Virginia.
My GED allowed me to serve 9 years in the Army, finish my Bachelors degree, Masters Degree and enroll in school for my Doctoral degree.
I am currently a school Principal at one of the largest youth confinement facilities in Texas. I help students earn their GEDs monthly. It is what helped me, so I feel in some ways I am returning the hope once given to me.
No matter your age, a GED will help you. It is not simply a replacement for a high school diploma, but a passport to chose your future. Education is a journey, not a destination. Be sure to enjoy the ride.
From the GED Academy: Thank you for sharing your story! It’s wonderful that you’re helping people earn their GED diplomas now. We wish you the best of luck with your future in getting your doctorate, and we know that you’ll continue to spread the hope and help children and adults alike in reaching their dreams.
Passed with Flying Colors
Sonja from California
I need to do something with my life. My mom has always been my backbone.
All I needed to do was take the time out to actually sit down and take the test. I passed all subjects with (Read more...)
flying colors! I plan on becoming a sonographer/ultra-sound technician. I actually received my GED in YDF, which is the Sacramento youth detention facility, a.k.a. Juvenile Hall.
From the GED Academy: Being a sonographer is a great goal to have. Because you have such specific goals, you’ll be able to move forward quickly and with ease. It sounds like when you put your mind to something, you really can do it. Congratulations on passing the GED too! We have faith that you’ll continue with your success!
Seizing the Moment
Craig from Alabama
Craig J. Boykin is a motivational speaker, author, community activist, mentor, entrepreneur, educational consultant, business coach, and inspirational leader. Craig has dedicated his (Read more...)
life to creating lasting change for those who desire it; Craig has risen to national prominence by delivering a high energy message which tells people how to shake off mediocrity and live up to their greatness. It is a message Craig has learned from his own life and one he is helping others apply to their lives.
Craig is one of the nation’s leading authorities in understanding and stimulating human potential, utilizing powerful delivery and newly emerging insights to teach, inspire and channel people to new levels of achievement. Craig’s personal mission in life is to provide hope to individuals who feel that their current situation is hopeless. Craig travels the country presenting his seminar, “Seize the Moment”. In this seminar he teaches seven powerful principles that, if used appropriately, can be instrumental in facilitating real life change.
Craig endured numerous hardships which he credits for his passion for helping those who are less fortunate. In reviewing the events of his life, Craig realized that his beginning started long before his birth. Craig’s mother was a product of a broken home. She didn’t have a relationship with her biological father. She, a homeless, high school dropout, became a new mother when she gave birth to Craig at age 15. Craig’s mother was physically and emotionally abused. Ultimately, Craig’s mother who was jobless, uneducated and a single parent with three kids turned reluctantly to the public welfare system for help and began receiving food stamps. It is likely that the pressures of being a single parent began to close in on Craig’s mother. She began drinking and using drugs on a daily basis. Her relationships with men throughout my childhood were very toxic.
In elementary school, Craig’s grades began to fall and He began to act out. Craig was involved in a lot of physical altercations with other students which often ended with His suspension. Teachers and counselors became very concerned with Craig’s actions and decided to have him “tested.” Craig ultimately was diagnosed with a learning disability and placed me in special education classes. Due to his difficulties in school Craig repeated the third and fifth grade. Consequently, by the time Craig was in the tenth grade he was two years older than most of his classmates and he still did not hold the necessary skills to write a five sentence paragraph. Overwhelmed, Craig ultimately dropped out of high school, thus continuing the cycle of high school dropouts in his family. Craig’s mother, father, brother and sister all dropped out of high school.
Confused about life, Craig began engaging in dangerous activities that led him to become the victim of a random shooting and caused him to land in jail. Having hit rock bottom, Craig realized change was needed. Craig decided to enroll in the Job Corps career program which allowed him to earn both his G.E.D. and a diploma in retail sales from Job Corps (Prestonsburg, KY). In 1999, following Job Corps, Craig enlisted in the U.S. Army. It was in the military that Craig developed integrity and discipline. Upon completing his time in the service Craig decided to further his education. Despite being encouraged to attend a community college, Craig enrolled in one of the most challenging four year university in his home town. In spite of the educational challenges he faced with a G.E.D, learning disability, and the pressure of failing, three years later, Craig graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Auburn University Montgomery. Craig went on to earn a Master’s degree in Theology and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, both from Faulkner University. Craig will complete His Ph.D. from Auburn University in Human Development and Family Services in the coming years.
From the GED Academy: Craig’s story is an inspiration. Through struggles and seemingly hopeless situations, he dedicated himself to bettering his life, and has succeeded in doing so. Thanks for sharing this story!
We Can Persevere
I went from being an honor roll student in middle school to being a flat out failure in high school. School just didn’t interest me and for a couple of years I went from barely (Read more...)
showing up to school to dropping out completely with a 10th grade education. That was a real disappointment for my family. They always saw the potential in me that I didn’t see in myself. Without a high school diploma, I just moved from one dead end job to another for over a decade. I wanted something more out of my life: more money, more interesting experiences, more challenges, and of course, a mark of some kind of achievement. A little something that I could be proud to have accomplished! In May of last year, my brother’s girlfriend told me that she was attending online college. With that, I knew that I could do it too! I immediately began to study for the GED, devouring any online and printed practice tests. My life, this past year, has been an educational whirlwind. I passed the GED test a year ago next month and am currently enrolled in online classes at my state university pursuing an MDS (Multi-Disciplinary Studies) degree with a 4.0 GPA.
Math, of course, was my biggest fear and to be honest, still is. However, I refused to let it beat me and keep me from achieving my goals. I did all the problems in the GED book and checked my answers. When they were right, great! When they were wrong, I just went back and redid the problems until I came to the understanding of how to get the right answer.
Quite frankly, after being out of school for seventeen years, getting my GED seemed like an impossible wall to scale. Last spring, I would have told you that I wanted more out of life but I was destined to be a loser, working dead end jobs until I was 65 or dead. However, after getting the GED, I realize that one is in control of one’s destiny as long as they are healthy and alive. Every single one of us doesn’t have to let our circumstances or even our limitations shape our futures. Even though we may be fearful or insecure, we can can move beyond that to achieve what we want. We can persevere through our struggles to come out the victor in the end.
Because I took the initiative to get my GED, my brother, who is not very academically inclined also decided to pursue his GED as well. Last week, he took the test and passed it! There were times when he would become so frustrated with studying and he even had to take the pre-test several times before passing it. He would just dust himself off, take a deep breath, and get right back on the horse. As long as he was up for the challenge, he wasn’t ready to admit defeat and he wouldn’t give up the fight until he was the winner. Because of that attitude, he walks a little straighter, his eyes are a little brighter, and he dreams a lot bigger!
From the GED Academy: Thank you for sharing your story! Not only have you passed the GED, but you’re an inspiring writer to boot! I hope that you can continue to encourage those around you, like your brother, for there are definitely great things on the horizon for you!
Thanks to the GED
I had very low student discipline while attending high school although I had a high IQ, so I was told. Put off doing the required home work. But I was attentive in the classroom & (Read more...)
read all the required books. My test scores were always high, top 10%, but the missing home work was a major factor in my failing nearly every subject for the first two semesters. In my second year I changed and started studing in earnest but it was too late. Because I was so far behind at the end of my 2nd year I was expelled. Being now just turning 17-years old, I felt that I had made some major mistakes and the military would give me the second chance. My entry tests, academic, physical etc were all very high, so I was admitted. Later I was told that the tests were high enough for OCS admission, but I lacked some requirements such as; not being 18 1/2 years old and not having a HS diploma, this was in 1956. I was getting regular promotions ahead of others, E3 in 10-months & E4 8-monthes later plus while a E3 I was a squad leader with some of the squad that out-ranked (E4s & E3s) me. I immediately proceeded with acquiring my GED which I accomplished with a high score, top 10% then started taking “home” accredited study courses. All these had supervised (Officer and/or NCO) tests to assure non-cheating. Some were through The United States Coast Guard Academy (Navigation & Math) and others from USAFI. When I became 18 1/2 with a HS GED certificate and some college, I applied for OCS (my CO recommended me) and was turned down, the requirements had been raised to two years of college, bummer. So now I continued with my studies, when I finally got my two years of credits, they had yet again raised the requirements to a full four year degree. By this time I was at the end of my enlistment and decided to not re-enlist. Later during the Vietnam war the OCS requirements had fallen to a HS diploma and for battle field commissions to less than that. Upon discharge, I continued taking classes at night and also took two-years full time in addition along with additional engineering courses and supplemented with some non-accredited home study courses. I now have aprox 270-credit hours of which aprox 235-hours are accredited of which half of those are actual class room time. I have a good reputation in my industry (Structural Engineering & Metal Fabrication) and never have a difficult time finding meaningful employment, always being contacted by businesses that heard about me. And this was thanks to the GED tests. Considering that the average high school grad and 25% of the college grads cannot pass the GED, it should say a lot.
From the GED Academy: Thank you for sharing your story with us! It sounds like you’ve really done a lot with your life so far. You’re an inspiration to students everywhere!
Nowadays You Need an Education
After a successful career and still young enough to start another one I really needed to get my GED in order to move forward. When I started working full time at the age of 15 a strong (Read more...)
back and a willingness to work hard was all you needed. Nowadays you need an education more than anything else to succeed. At the bare minimum a GED gets your foot in the door and allows you to go on to college.
At first, I didn’t want to tell anyone I was working on my GED: I was embarrassed. After a while I realized I needed their encouragement and motivation and told my children. Guess what? they where proud of me and even offered to help me with the math section. Working on your GED is nothing to be ashamed of. Many people for many reasons didn’t complete high school. Whatever your reason now is a good time to get your GED. Tell your fiends and family, if they care about you they will be supportive and provide inspiration.
My biggest hurdle was just getting started, I figured I could never do the math section, therefore I was doomed to fail before even getting started. I saved the math for last so that I would have a better idea of how to perform during testing. I eventually found myself enjoying the math practice lessons once I began to figure things out. Don’t worry about getting perfect scores just have fun, it will all start to sink in over time.
My goal was to gain the satisfaction of knowing that I could obtain my GED. I had been putting this off for the last 35 years. At 51 I feel like I have really accomplished something significant. Something that nobody can take away from me or minimize the importance of my accomplishment, I did this for me.
Don’t give up. Call the staff at the GED Academy or send them an email. Ask for their help and they will help get you through this. It’s not as hard as you think but it’s not simply going to be handed to you either. Study hard and you will achieve your goal. Very important: Read the sections on how to study, how to test and think smart and stay motivated. These sections I almost overlooked but found to be very helpful.
From the GED Academy: Thank you so much for your words of encouragement! Times have certainly changed, and they continue to change as education becomes more and more important in the world. It’s great that you were able to have a successful career, even without a GED! And now you’re going after even more. You’re truly an inspiration, and we hope you the best of luck on your future goals!
For my Daughter
JJ from Texas
I decided that I needed to get my GED because I have a daughter on the way. I’ve always been a procrastinator. I couldn’t do it for myself, but I found the strength to do it (Read more...)
for my unborn daughter.
I was really inspired by my mother. I know it sounds cliche, but I wanted a better career. I know I can become anything if I put my mind to it. And now, thanks to passged.com, I passged my GED. It’s definitely a breath of fresh air and a huge monkey off my back!
From the GED Academy: Congratulations! Your daughter is very fortunate to have a father who cares so much for her! Now that you’ve passed the GED test, you truly can obtain anything you set your mind to! We know you’ll go far. 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!
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!
From GED to Law School
As a young man turning 19 back in 1992, I needed to be able to support myself, and flipping burgers was just not enough. I am a motivated self-starter. My mother didn’t even know (Read more...)
about my desire to take the test. I had only completed the 9th grade. When I purchase a GED study guide, I literally buried myself in it for several hours each night. It’s now approaching 20 years since I earned my GED. I’m going to California to attend college with the goal of becoming a lawyer.
From the GED Academy: That’s wonderful that you put your mind to it and passed! What a wonderfully inspiring story! Thanks so much for sharing, and good luck with your career as a lawyer. You’ll do great!
Time to Go Back
My motivation for getting my GED came when I had my daughter at 18. Before having my daughter, I was a high school drop out and working a dead end job at McDonald’s. That’s (Read more...)
not the future I wanted for me and my daughter, so I knew it was time to stop procrastinating and do what’s best for me and my child.
My Mom and Great-Grandmother where the ones to help me the most. My Grandmother would always tell me that she wanted me to go further in life and get my education because she didn’t have a chance to get her’s. I watched my mother struggle to raise me and my two sisters with no help. I used to tell my mother all the time that I wanted to be like her when I grow up and she would always say, “Don’t be like me T’Yanna. Be better than me.”
I had a cousin who I grew up with in the same household. He was more like a brother to me. He was killed in a car crash when I was in the 8th grade. I was devastated, and at that time I cared nothing about school or the people around me. I carried the weight of his death on my shoulders so much that by the time I was in the 11th grade, I dropped out of school. I got a job at McDonald’s and then I got pregnant. I decided it was time for me to go back to school and make a better future for my child, but I wasn’t fully motivated. Another one of my relatives who I also consider a brother was murdered, and at that moment I knew it was time for a change. So instead of me walking around depressed, I decided to spend all my time either studying for my GED or spending time with my daughter. Now at 19 and a mother of two, I have my GED and I’m in college studying to be a legal assistant! It was all in God’s plan.
I want to teach my daugthers and little sisters that it’s not okay to drop out. Yes it’s okay to have a job, but I’m reaching toward having a career. I want my kids to know that anything is possible when you believe and put your mind to it.
From the GED Academy: Congratulations! Thank you for this great story! It sounds like you really overcame some very difficult things to be where you are today. You are an inspiration to other students, and I hope you continue to inspire your peers by example. Good luck with college, and with life! We know you’ll go far!
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!
My Family Kicked Me Out
Taylor from Idaho
What motivated you to get your GED degree? I need to get my life on track. I need to show everyone that said I couldn’t do it that I can.
How have your friends and (Read more...)
family helped you? My family kicked me out and I’m living with friends.
What problems have you faced? Money. It costs money to get my GED and I have no job.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? Confidence and the ability to hold my head up high and tell the world I did it.
Do you have more to your story? I have my one anchor in my life and thats my girlfriend. She is always there for me. I would do anything for her. I use to be an asshole, and that’s the reason I was kicked out of my parents’ house.
From The GED Academy: Getting kicked out of your home is tough. Not only is it difficult physically and financially, but in order to succeed, it’s important to have support. It’s great that you have a girlfriend who can offer you the support you need to get your life on track, but repairing your relationship with your parents is important too. Now that you’re working toward getting your GED, perhaps it’s time to appeal to your family and let them know you’ve changed and that you’re on the right track now. It might be painful to your pride, but you shouldn’t let your pride get in the way of your success. Even if they don’t want you to move back in, or don’t want to help you pay for your GED, knowing that you tried would be a great boost to your self esteem and will help you do what it takes to succeed. Good luck!
I Dreamt of Being Successful
Chimanga from California
What motivated you to get your GED? I was 17 years old, living in Los Angeles, and at the time I was hanging “with the homies” and doing nothing. Having always being (Read more...)
an avid reader, I read some autobiographies of successful people and always dreamt of being one. Being raised in a single-parent household, I saw how my mother struggled to raise two kids and decided to make something of myself.
How have your friends and family helped you? I chose to pursue my GED on my own after leaving home at the age of 17. At that time, I was being home schooled, which was hard for me because I was not serious about it. When I left home just before turning 18, I relocated to St. Louis to live with my grandmother. Honestly though, my main inspiration was my oldest uncle who received his GED at 17 years of age, spent 30 years in the navy, and earned three bachelor’s degrees during that span.
What problems have you faced? My biggest problem was not being able to be serious and consistent. Surrounding myself with strong male role models (such as my uncles and grand-uncle, all of whom were in the military) provided me with the push that I needed.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED? Having earned my GED in 1992 at the age of 18, I have since graduated community college, Job Corp, and worked at AT&T for 5+ years. Now at the age of 35, I am back in school, working toward earning a nursing degree with aspirations of attending graduate school. My sincere hope is for the GED to really become respected.
From The GED Academy: It sounds like you really have made something of yourself! It’s always great to have good role models. It can be hard when everyone around you doesn’t seem to want the same lives for themselves that you want for yourself. Congratulations on seeing that you needed to look outside your immediate situation, and taking the action to improve your own situation. And thanks for sharing your story! It’s always so wonderful to hear about GED successes.
I am 37 years old, and I just passed my GED test the first time I took it. I knew it wouldn’t be easy; it’s been almost 20 years since I didn’t graduate. I purchased (Read more...)
access to GED Academy and studied for about 2 months. This system WORKS.
Throughout my career as an adult, I have been able to stay afloat without my diploma, but hanging over my head was the constant fear of discovery. I have been worried that my employer would discover my lack of educational certification. As I worked my way through one promotion after another, I eventually hit a wall. A job that I was being moved into required proof of a H.S. diploma. I didn’t want 10 years of hard work to hold me back, so I sublimated my pride, registered for the test, and took it.
It was scary. At my age, it was difficult to enter the testing center and not feel ashamed by the younger folks’ stares. Passged.com prepared me to overcome that fear through preparation. Much of what I had forgotten in my youth came back to me as I studied for the GED. I re-learned things that I had forgotten I even knew to begin with.
My main points of advice for anyone thinking of taking the GED are these:
- Take the GED. Don’t let a lack of diploma hold you back. Take it while you are young enough to remember much of what will be on the test.
- Take ownership of your learning. You have to prepare for this test as if your future depends on it. You CAN pass. But you need to study as if you are afraid to fail!
I scored a 3450 on the test battery.
700 Social Studies
620 Language Arts, Reading
600 Language Arts, Writing
I was told these are good scores. I want to Thank GED Academy for them. The preparation and resources you have here on this site were invaluable! THANK YOU
Also, The GED test administrator called me today and asked me come in and talk about my options at a local community college. She is sending me info on two GED grants I may be qualified for, and is recommending I begin taking CLEP tests for credits toward my degree. This whole process has been rewarding at a very personal level.
From The GED Academy: That’s fantastic! Those scores are amazing! Thanks for submitting your story and offering some advice for other GED students. Good luck with college! People of all ages are attending college, so there’s no reason to feel ashamed or embarrased once you get there either. Feel proud about your scores, and also that you’ve made it so far in your career without a diploma. It takes a lot of courage and strength to do what you’ve done. Congratulations!
Never Give Up!
I decided to get my GED 16 years after leaving High School. I had gone straight from school into work, which I hated and didn’t enjoy, but I thought that was all I could do since I (Read more...)
didn’t have a diploma. One day I decided to see if I could do something about it. I started researching online and found out that I could study at GED Academy and get my GED. I talked about it with my husband, who gave me so much encouragement, so I decided to go ahead. I bought my online materials through passGED and started. I started studying in April 2009 and took my exam in November 2009. It took a lot of dedication, hard work, and strength to be able to do this. I really had to focus and put all of my efforts and energies into this. Some days, I was so tired of studying that I got despondent, however I kept going and kept studying until I felt ready to do the exam. I sat my exam and I found out on the weekend that I passed, and not only did I pass, I got the highest score possible in the Language Arts-Reading exam. I was thrilled and couldn’t stop smiling. The hard work really does pay off, and if you really want something bad enough, then it can be yours!!
I’ve decided to follow my dreams and get into the sports medicine industry. I will begin my course next year after a well earned break over the holiday season. I had a lot of encouragement from family and friends, and that helps. It’s never too late to follow your dreams. Never give up!!
From The GED Academy: That’s wonderful! Congratulations! And thanks for writing this inspiring story. It always helps others who have yet to start their GED journey to read about people who have completed it. Good luck with your future in sports medicine, and let us know how it turns out!
Have a great new year!
On My Way To College
Justin from New York
What motivated you to get your GED? I dropped out of high school the beginning of 10th grade. To make a long story short, school was just a complete waste of my time. It (Read more...)
wasn’t until now that I began appreciating education, and had the courage to enroll in a GED prep program at my local community college. I took 2 “official practice tests” during my time in the program, and I passed both tests. This gave me the confidence to go ahead and take the real GED test.
How have your friends and family helped you? Well, A lot of my motivation came from the fact that I studied hard, never gave up, and took my test with the right attitude. It also took some motivation from my friends and family who all said I would do great.
What problems have you faced? Problems were a big thing for me. Part of the reason why I left school was the special remediation classes I was enrolled in. The fact that I was a different kind of learner, and not as fast as many of my other classmates, made me feel discouraged. Another part of my lack of self-confidence were my teachers and classmates that made me feel totally worthless, which resulted in me giving up on school all together.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED? Ok, Its been almost 3 weeks since I’ve taken my GED, and I still have yet to receive my scores, but Im pretty confident I passed. If I passed the test, I am going to aim for higher education at my local community college in their criminal justice program with hopes to pursue a career with the Albany County Sheriff’s Department.
Do you have more to your story? I want to give everyone the advice of DON’T GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS. You can be whatever you want to be, even with only a G.E.D. It’s what you make of it that matters. Be the best that you can be. Get out there, take your GED, pass it, and show the world that you’re just as good as a regular high school graduate!! GOOD LUCK
From The GED Academy: Glad to hear you met your goals and took your GED! It’s a big first step, and it sounds like you’ve got your future planned out as well. It’s wonderful to hear that you have learned to appreciate education now. College is a lot different than High School, and you’ll be sure to learn a lot of information that you care about. Good luck with your future in college, and good job on getting started on the road to a brighter future!
Thank You for Your Help
Ricky from Texas
I just wanted to say thanks for all your help. PassGED.com is excellent. Thank you. I had problems in math, spelling. 1 time I failed my test, I read my PassGED book and studied and (Read more...)
passed all my tests. My goal was to get my GED and go college, study computers, web, or assistant medical. Get a big house and live happily, with big money. Get married, have kids, and beer! Thank you.
The GED Was My Ticket to College.
Andrew from Las Vegas
What motivated you to get your GED? I dropped out of high school at the end of tenth grade, but you could say I dropped out the first day of the ninth grade. I didn’t have (Read more...)
the motivation or anyone to push me to do my work, I would stay up all night playing video games and go to school tired and sleep during my classes. At 14 years old, I thought my life was great, I could do what I wanted, eat what I wanted, and stay up all night… Every kid’s fantasy, right? And I was living it. My motivation to obtain the GED is simple. I was 16 years old, no job.. couldn’t find a job and was going nowhere with my life. Other than financially, I still didn’t have parental guidance. Sure, my dad would buy me things, support me and pay for anything I needed, but he never gave me the emotional and moral support that I needed. Basically it comes down to, I wanted to go to college and the GED was my ticket there.
How have your friends and family motivated you? Unfortunately my friends and significant other were my only support. My family doubted me along the way, but I proved them wrong. (My dad asked me if I cheated when he found out I got the GED). Thankfully, I had the support of my friends, otherwise I would have never reached this milestone in my life.
What problems have you faced? I’ve dealt with rejection and doubt from most of my family, but I overcame it by telling myself I could do it, and I did!
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED? I received my GED in July 2009, I am now attending CSN (College Of Southern Nevada) in Las Vegas, Nevada, taking my required classes, and in two years, I hope to transfer to UNLV (University Of Nevada, Las Vegas) and finish a four year program with them, my degree is still unknown.
I just want to thank www.passged.com and everyone who has put the effort into making this program work! I am so thankful that I am back on the road to success and all the credit goes to passged.com. So I want to say thanks passged, for giving me a second chance at a successful future!
I Dropped Out of High School…
Nina from Rhode Island
What motivated you to get your GED? I dropped out of school at the age 16 as a freshman. I stood home all day doing nothing. I didn’t even want to work. One day I woke up (Read more...)
and I told myself this isn’t what I wanted. I wanted to have BIG money when I got older and how would I do that just being a dropout? I got myself a job, and began studying every day for four hours.
How have your friends and family helped you? My mom and friends were very shocked when I dropped out of school as a freshman. I remember my mom telling me she wanted me to finish high school like my big brother. My friends told me it was okay to get my GED, not to sit around not doing anything. I remember I went to court, and this nice lady pulled me aside and told me to do what I felt was right, it was my life. She said as long as I felt happy about myself. Not to let people put me down. That’s just what I did. Thanks to her, I am here.
What problems have you faced? I had to get out of school because I was just soo very down, problems all the time. I was walking with the wrong people. So, I remember I told myself maybe God wants me to choose another way. So, I came home crying not knowing how to tell my mom that I didn’t want to be in school anymore. I was sick of being in the main office because I was cutting class. GOD picked me up when I was down. Thanks to him. I faced big problems in high school. I don’t regret getting my G.E.D one bit.
What do you hope to achieve with your GED? Well now that I have my G.E.D I have to do 2 years of community college. Then I want to go to COLLEGE to become a Fashion Show room manger, and work on opening a child care program for families with very low income. Families that really need child care, because I know how tough life can get, so I want to help poor kids. And I want to help abused animals, give money to the shelters. I just don’t want to be one thing, that’s why I have to work hard because I know it will all pay off .
I want to say something to all the teens reading this. I understand how hard high school can get. All the drama, people stepping all over you. You try so hard to try your best, but sometimes you don’t have the love and care there. You hang out with the wrong people and make your mom cry. I’ve been there, done that. Been through the biggest struggles life has given me today. People put you down because you don’t have new gear. FAKE friends talking about you. Well, I’m glad I had the chance to say this to whoever is reading this. I do understand. Try not to grow up too quick even though sometimes you’re forced to by the struggles. But you must be strong, believe in yourself if nobody else does. What you wear isn’t what you have in your head. Forget what people think about you, it’s your life not theirs. Pick your right friends and choose the right path. You can do it. If you’re a dropout, have faith. Get your G.E.D. Dont listen to what people have to say. Don’t ever let anybody tell you that you can’t. Put your mind to it. Look ex. M. Jackson the king of pop, people accused him of so many bad things, the poor guy just wanted to help kids in need and that was what he got. He never had the love from his father who treated him bad. but he made it, but it broke him down. You should watch “man in the mirror” he never listened to what people thought about him. He knew who he was. He is a big impact on me. RIP. Anyways I hope you get the point I’m making. be strong, get your G.E.D. You can do it!!!!!
I Passed My GED!
Hello everybody at GED Academy,
I have passed the GED exams and got an average score of 518. Your course has helped me a lot and I would never have passed the GED without this (Read more...)
I know that my score is not very high but I believe with that score, I can apply to 98% of 4-year institutions across the US. I just did that with two universities, and they welcomed my application with this score. I noticed that even for people who averaged 600 with a grand total score of 3000 or higher, their math score was very close with mine and same goes with science. So, they either earned higher scores in English or social studies.
I am proud that I got my GED and very happy with it, especially after I leaned that no one from my country has attempted that before!
Again, thank you very much and keep going, GED Academy!
Now, I’ll Be Able to Start College.
Joshua from Texas
What motivated you to get your GED? I obtained my GED because I was tired of dead end retail jobs. I knew the only way to live the life I wanted to was to get into (Read more...)
How have your friends and family helped you? My family made sure to stay on me about studying for my test with PassGED.com, as well as made sure I scheduled my tests.
What problems have you faced? My biggest fear was math, because I’ve never been quite good at it. I made sure I reviewed the math lessons almost religiously so I would be ready come test time.
What do you hope to achieve with your GED? Well, now I’ll be able to start college and focus on getting a degree in my desired field. I’ve always been a computer geek, so I plan to pursue a degree in computer programming. I know it’s tons of math, but with the tools this site has given me, I believe in myself and know that if I just put my mind to it I can make it happen.
I Thought I Could Never Pass.
Melissa from Texas
What motivated you to get your GED? After working in a restaurant for so many years, I finally realized that this is not the career I wanted. I wanted to be a successful business (Read more...)
woman. As I got older, I got wiser about what kind of life style I wanted. Fast food was not in my future. It took me 11 years to finally get the courage to get my GED. I just had faith in myself that I can do it and studied hard. If I would have not found passged I don’t think I would have done it.
How have your friends and family helped you? My family have always said I can do it. But, I guess I just never gave myself enough credit. I used to say I have been out of school too long to go back and graduate. But I always had my family there to tell me it’s never to late. They never gave up on me even when I gave up on myself.
What problems have you faced? Math and Social Studies have always been my worst subjects. I could never understand them. So, I thought for sure there was no way I would ever pass my GED. After studying on passged.com I found out that there’s nothing to it, just understanding how to do critical thinking. My highest score on my GED were these two subjects.
What do you hope to achieve with your GED? Getting my GED has given me a sense of dignity and self confidence. I am already starting to attend college to get my degree in Business Management.
I Made It!
I’m very proud of myself to come this far. When I came to the United States I only had 7th grade of education, and English is not my first language. I didn’t (Read more...)
graduate high school, because my parents were very poor, they couldn’t afford to send me to school. I was very embarrassed to tell my friends, that I don’t have a high school diploma. When I met my husband I didn’t tell him that I don’t have a high school diploma. When his family asked me what kind of education I had, I told them that I finished high school in my country. But every time I told them lies, I could see their faces reaction that they knew I was lying. But they didn’t have any proof that I didn’t graduate high school, so I just ignore the shame that I felt about myself. I thought to myself, “I’m not just an illiterate person, but I’m also a liar.”
My husband always pursued me to go to college and take the placement exam so I can enroll into college. Every time he mentioned education to me it made me upset, then I started an argument, so he would change the subject. How could I tell him that I had been lying to him, and then maybe he would think that all I was telling him was lies. He trusted me so much that I didn’t want to ruin it. I keep telling him that I’m stupid, and he would just waste the money if he will send me to college. My husband didn’t listen to me ; he kept telling me that I was smart. So one night I told him the real reason why I didn’t want to go to college, it was because I didn’t finish high school. I was surprised of his reaction, I expected him to call me a liar, but he just told me I just have to get my GED. I felt a lot better after I told him my deepest secret.
I started going to the GED class twice a week. It was really hard for me to learn in the classroom because there were some people that were always talking and I couldn’t concentrate. Then one day I was on the internet searching about “The ways to study to pass the GED.” I found this website called passGED.com. I asked my husband to buy it for me. He said I have so many books, I can open up my own books store, but I told him this passGED.com is different. There’s a virtual class room and I think it will really help me. I promised him that if he would buy it for me, I’ll study a lot. My husband bought it for me and it’s the best decision I ever made.PassGED.com tells you all about the techniques how to pass the GED, and it really helped. Within a few months, I took GED exam for the first time, and wouldn’t you believe it, I passed, I’m so thankful to passGED.com, and I’m very proud of myself that I made it. Now, I’m in college I only have one week left of school, and I’m done with my first semester. I’m doing pretty well in college. I took four subject and I been getting A’s or B’s.
What motivated you to get your GED? I want to have more self esteem and a better opportunity in life.
How have your friends and family motivated, helped, or inspired you? They’re very helpful and supporting. They always told me that there’s nothing I can’t do if I put my mind to it. Especially my husband, he was always there for me when I need some encouragement. My parents-in-law they were there, to help watch my kids, so I can study.
What problems have you faced? I think the problems that I faced, when I lost my faith, but my husband always there for me to give me encouragement.
What do you hope to achieve with your GED? Right now I’m in college. I want to help my family in the Philippines. I want to send my nieces and nephews to school. I want my family generation to be educated. When I get a good job, I can do all this things, send my family money so they can continue to go to school.
Serenity from Massachusetts
I had studied off and on with your programs for a few months, until I thought I was ready. Then I went and booked the test. I tried my best to study during the busy months, and when the (Read more...)
time came I definitely felt more confident with having studied your program under my belt. I was amazed too, that 2 of your practice questions, including the one with the excerpt from Death Of A Salesman where Willy’s son steals the ball was ON the test I took, with very similar questions based on the passage. I almost laughed out loud. The way you teach certain skills helped me to break down problems and figure things out.
I’m happy to report I passed the test with a 3030 or 606 average score, averaging 95 in 2 subjects, and being rated as efficient in higher education or in the workplace as the top 15% of high school graduates. I don’t think I would’ve gotten nearly as high a score or would have been ready as soon without your program being so enjoyable, interactive, and helpful. I love Dwayne’s rambling on about pizzas and pods, and the realism and personality you put into the characters. There’s also a more one-on-one approach than reading out of a book or watching a video, and I think the fact that it has audio and visuals not only makes it more interesting, but nice for those who learn through hearing something or need to have it explained by a person, not just paper. Thanks a lot guys!!! I’d recommend you as the #1 GED Study Program any day!
What motivated you to get your GED? When I turned 18, that’s when I think I knew. I didn’t have a job or want one, I knew I needed to go to college to better my education and help secure my future, and seeing as I didn’t graduate from high school I needed the GED to progress in life.
How have your friends and family motivated, helped, or inspired you? My mother cheered me on and paid for the GED, and everyone from my boyfriend to my aunt offered to help me study. My boyfriend was especially helpful. He supported me on focusing on my GED and not getting some dead-end job as a waitress or factory worker or something, and because he was so supportive it made me more committed.
What problems have you faced? I’m a big procrastinator, I have A.D.D. and i’ve been out of traditional school for 6 years, and after so long a period it was definitely a challenge to buckle down. But by regulating a studying schedule and with people checking up on my studying, it helped me get through it.
What do you hope to achieve with your GED? I hope to be able to go onto a good college and perhaps gain a bit of an edge on the job market. I don’t know exactly what I want to do in college, there’s so much to pursue, but I do know I want to have a CAREER, not just a JOB. This is a very advanced, modern age and I want to keep up with the pace so I can thrive and not just survive. Not to mention be able to provide better lives for my future husband and children.
I Did It!
Dorothy from New Mexico
Well, a few years ago, I decided to go and get my GED. It was hard for me, I failed a couple of times in different areas of the test. I really wanted to give up. It seemed like the more (Read more...)
I tried the more badly I did. Well, I kept struggling because of my kids, which are grown now. Didn’t want me to quit and give up. They encouraged me. My daughter and son bought me books to study, plus the books they gave me at the center.
Well, I got my GED in May of 2007 and now I am enrolled in college. This is my 3rd semester. I thank everyone that encouraged me and the good instructors that helped me. I would’ve never made it without their support and help.
I just want to say without my children and instructors and family, I would’ve gave up and not succeeded. But I did and I am very happy for listening and not giving up hope. I did it.
If I Could Do It, You Can Too.
Jessy from New Jersey
My name is Jessy, I am 18 years old, and I have had so many struggles, and pain in my past. When I was 14, I finally just started high school, and then I got pregnant. I gave birth at 15 (Read more...)
years old, and started actually feeling like a 50 year old. I was broken in and out. As a child having a child, I didn’t know what to do at the while.
Finally when I turned 17, I joined the program of Edison Job Corps. I started preparing for my GED. I always have told to myself, that I can’t do it. I took the GED 4 times to pass it. Even though I didn’t take my test online, I always studied online, and it did help me.
I just want to tell everyone who is reading this, no matter who you are, what you are, how old you are… IT DOES NOT MATTER! YOU COULD DO IT. If I could have done it, you can too. I really hope this story of mine helps someone. Thank You, and have a blessed day.
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