I Got a GED, Now I'm Starting Med School
James from New York, GED graduate
My story started when I was in high school. I was a terrible student. I never did any homework, paid attention in class, or studied. I was into having fun, whether it was playing handball, basketball, video games, or spending time with friends.
By 16 I had failed out of high school and had no interest of going back. At 19 I decided to take the GED test. I was too embarrassed to let anyone know I didn’t graduate high school. I studied for the test and passed. For the first time in my life I studied.
I decided I was going to try to go to college, but didn’t want to go to a community college. I decided to apply to the University of Buffalo. I was miraculously accepted into the EOP program at that school pending I passed their summer program. Once into the school I soon discovered friends, fun, and parties. 3 years later I flunked out with a 0.19 GPA and $46,000 in debt from student loans and school tuition. I was 22, out of school, in debt, and had no degree.
After a few twist and turns in my life I found myself at 26 years old with nothing to show for. Through prayer and faith I went back to college and took prerequisite courses in nursing. After 4 semesters of science courses at El Camino college and L.A city college, I had a 3.5 GPA and applied to the nursing program at Florida Hospital College in Orlando. My first three semester’s GPAs were 3.8, 3.9, 3.7 respectively.
I’ve been a critical care RN for 6 years. I am currently starting medical school to be an M.D. class of 2017. I am proud now to say I went and got my GED. Aim high. You too can do it.