The GED Was My Ticket to College
Andrew from Las Vegas, GED Student
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 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 my high school equivalency certificate 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 studying for the GED test 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 even asked me if I cheated when he found out what I got on the GED test! 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 last year and 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 the GED Academy 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 the GED Academy!