I've Forgotten a Lot
Laura from Texas, GED Student
What motivated you to get your GED degree? I’ve been married for five years, and have two boys. One is four, and the other is one. My oldest wants to go to school. He always asks me if I finished school, and I never answer his question. I don’t want him to have the same fate as me.
How have your friends and family helped you? My mother and grandmother are always inspiring me. They tell me that getting my high school equivalency and finishing school will get me somewhere better than where I am now.
What problems have you faced? I faced a lot of problems, like not having a job and not having enough money to get everything my kids need. I won’t be able to solve these problems either until I get my GED.
What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? I hope that I’ll be able to go to college and have a career and have some good job skills. I want to show my son that I am someone—that I’m not just staying at home, doing nothing. I hope that by going to college and getting a good job, I will show my husband that I can do better.
Do you have more to your story? I will share more about my life, so that people who have the same problems can see that they can do it too. I dropped out of school when I was in the 8th grade because I was involved in drugs and other things. I thought that even though I was doing this, I could still have a good career, but I was wrong. Instead, I headed down the wrong path. I got married, and I thought that I was never going to need school because he worked. But I started to realize that I was forgetting a lot of things, like math, writing, and I am even forgetting English. So, you see why I am motivated to get my GED.