Hold Your Head Up

What motivated you to get your GED degree? Well actually, I haven’t received my GED certificate or even joined a GED program yet, but one day I decided that high school just wasn’t for me. I made all A’s, was in national honor society, FFA, and oasis, but yet still I wasn’t happy. High school just felt like a burden to me. Thats why I decided to get my GED diploma. Now that I made that decision, I’m a lot happier, and I feel that a heavy weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I’m so excited to start GED prep classes in June, so I can finish, go to beauty school, and get a job as a beautician.

How have your friends and family helped you? Well at first, no one support my decision, but I knew that only I can make myself truly happy. So, I had to make my own choice. Now my friends are so supportive of me. However the person who has supported me the most is my boyfriend. I know that he only wants to see me succeed in life, so he helps me as much as he can.

What problems have you faced? My main problem was that I just wasn’t happy. I was always angry with the world. My 9th grade year, I met a boy named Dylan we started dating. I made a lot of bad decision while I was with him. He would always hit me and abuse me emotionally to. I stayed with him for 4 months because I felt like I couldn’t get away from him. Then one day I just couldn’t take it anymore and finally I ended it. However, after that I gave up. People at school knew about Dylan and me, so they started rumors about me and I lost a lot of friends. I felt like I needed to get out of school to forget about him. Even though he didn’t go to my school, everyone just would always talk about it. I hated myself. My confidence went completely away. I hated myself and also the whole world. I believed everything was bad and no one was good. Then finally my 10th grade year, I told my mama I’m not going back. Ever since then I’m so happy. Plus I’ve been dating the most amazing guy in the world. I’ve never been happier.

What do you hope to gain from getting your GED degree? I really want to go to beauty school. I know I can do it. I have faith in myself and faith in God that He’ll help me make it. Also I want to make money so I can support my future kids.

Do you have more to your story? I just want to use this space to motivate people. Life is hard! Things happen, but only you can make the choice to let the things bother you or hold your head up and be strong. No one is perfect, so when you mess up or make a bad decision in life, don’t sweat it. It happens to everyone. Just strive to do better. Also if you're in an abusive relationship, whether its physical or emotional, don’t ever feel like you can’t leave. You can. Just be strong enough to get away from it. Also never blame yourself. Its never ok to hit your spouse. Remember that. Also remember you're beautiful!


Libby from Georgia, GED Student


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