I'm a Different Kind of Learner

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 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 two GED 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!


Justin from New York, GED Student


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