I Dropped Out of High School…

Name: Nina
Age: 17
State: Rhode Island

What motivated you to get your GED? I dropped out of school at the age 16 as a freshman. I stood home all day doing nothing. I didn’t even want to work. One day I woke up and I told myself this isn’t what I wanted. I wanted to have BIG money when I got older and how would I do that just being a dropout? I got myself a job, and began studying every day for four hours.

How have your friends and family helped you? My mom and friends were very shocked when I dropped out of school as a freshman. I remember my mom telling me she wanted me to finish high school like my big brother. My friends told me it was okay to get my GED, not to sit around not doing anything. I remember I went to court, and this nice lady pulled me aside and told me to do what I felt was right, it was my life. She said as long as I felt happy about myself. Not to let people put me down. That’s just what I did. Thanks to her, I am here.

What problems have you faced? I had to get out of school because I was just soo very down, problems all the time. I was walking with the wrong people. So, I remember I told myself maybe God wants me to choose another way. So, I came home crying not knowing how to tell my mom that I didn’t want to be in school anymore. I was sick of being in the main office because I was cutting class. GOD picked me up when I was down. Thanks to him. I faced big problems in high school. I don’t regret getting my G.E.D one bit.

What do you hope to gain from getting your GED? Well now that I have my G.E.D I have to do 2 years of community college. Then I want to go to COLLEGE to become a Fashion Show room manger, and work on opening a child care program for families with very low income. Families that really need child care, because I know how tough life can get, so I want to help poor kids. And I want to help abused animals, give money to the shelters. I just don’t want to be one thing, that’s why I have to work hard because I know it will all pay off .

I want to say something to all the teens reading this. I understand how hard high school can get. All the drama, people stepping all over you. You try so hard to try your best, but sometimes you don’t have the love and care there. You hang out with the wrong people and make your mom cry. I’ve been there, done that. Been through the biggest struggles life has given me today. People put you down because you don’t have new gear. FAKE friends talking about you. Well, I’m glad I had the chance to say this to whoever is reading this. I do understand. Try not to grow up too quick even though sometimes you’re forced to by the struggles. But you must be strong, believe in yourself if nobody else does. What you wear isn’t what you have in your head. Forget what people think about you, it’s your life not theirs. Pick your right friends and choose the right path. You can do it. IF YOU’RE A DROPOUT, HAVE FAITH. GET YOUR G.E.D. DONT LISTEN TO WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY. Don’t ever let anybody tell you that you can’t. Put your mind to it. LOOK EX. M. JACKSON THE KING OF POP, PEOPLE ACCUSED HIM OF SO MANY BAD THINGS, THE POOR GUY JUST WANTED TO HELP KIDS IN NEED AND THAT WAS WHAT HE GOT. HE NEVER HAD THE LOVE FROM HIS FATHER WHO TREATED HIM BAD. BUT HE MADE IT, BUT IT BROKE HIM DOWN. YOU SHOULD WATCH “MAN IN THE MIRROR” HE NEVER LISTENED TO WHAT PEOPLE THOUGHT ABOUT HIM. HE KNEW WHO HE WAS. HE IS A BIG IMPACT ON ME. RIP. ANYWAYS I HOPE YOU GET THE POINT I’M MAKING. BE STRONG, GET YOUR G.E.D. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!

31 thoughts on “I Dropped Out of High School…

  1. hey ur really right about not listening to peoples non sense about me this reminds me the qoute “if theres a will theres a way” I want to add a qoute I heard “I can accept failure but cant accept not trying”Thanks for the encouragement!!

  2. omg you remind of me alott.
    like seriously i did all the same things nd im finally going to take some g-e-d classes nd hopefully get my ged by this summer :))

  3. After reading your story it makes so much sense to me..i want to get my GED and start college already..i know my friends and family might look at me differently but to be honest it is my life and my happiness and thank u for your wonderful story..school is tough and im tired of putting my parents though the things i did n i feel that if ii can get my GED i will finally get the acceptance from them and can become a clinical nurse specialist..thank you for your story and inspiring to me to do better…God bless…

  4. Holy ****, you are ME. Your story is so identical to mine, it’s kinda scary! I mean, I don’t want to be a fashion show room manager, I want to be the guy everyone can depend on (what that is exactly, I don’t know yet. Can’t quite pinpoint what I want to be…But I’m learning along the way.) But everything else was a bulls-eye.

    You inspired me Nina. You have made me more than ever want to get my GED. Thank you so much, I am going to go and do this now. 17 isn’t too late! Almost 18 though, yike I have to hurry up…

    And hey, props on MJ, I have the same skin condition as the man (vitiligo) and can relate to him a lot as well. I get so much shit for it, it’s good to know that other people have it, and especially a man as talented and amazing as Michael Jackson. It didn’t stop him and I won’t let it stop me.

  5. Im sitting here looking for something to push me forward and I think your story has helped me alot. I want to do alot with my life but I just needed some inspiration. I couldnt deal with High School and the problems because it was too hard for me. Im overcoming alot of things but I will start believing in myself. Maybe im missing the power of GOD. I need to check myself. Thank you for putting your story out there. Im glad to hear im not alone.

  6. Thank you very much for your story. I have 2 daaughters, one who dropped out of high school about two years ago and one who finished high school about two years ago.
    I feel that the younger of the two9the one who dropped out) has been trying to compete with the other for the last few years and at the same time trying to find hersellf and what she wants to do with her life.

  7. I have two daughters, one who finished high school about two years agoa and one who dropped out of high school about two years ago.
    I feel that for the past few years the younger one,who is now about to turn 18 (she was about 15or 16 when she dropped out0 is competing with the other and at the same time trying to find herself and what she wants to do with her life.
    I always try to be an inspiration to both of them, but especially to her because since she dropped out she feels like noone cares about her.
    Thank you for your story because I feel that it will help her to see that she isn’t alone and that she can make it in life. I’m going home now and embrace her and give her your words and let her know once again that I’m on her side.

    Thank you again so much. you were truly an inspiration to me!!!!

  8. I was thinking about dropping out of high school to do something that I had me heart set on. But I didn’t, I was really scared. Now I sort of regret it and I really haven’t been on top of what I wanted to do. I feel completely lost. Now I don’t know what exactly I want to do in my life. But, your story influenced me to believe in yourself and nobody else believes in you and have faith in yourself. So I’ll try to back what I wanted to do

  9. i droped out of school also a long time ago. i have not been doing eny thing. but i know i have to get a life some day. and just by readin your story makes me fill beter. knowing im not the only one. im gna get my ged and more. no longer gna go by ppl tellin me i cant do it cuz i kno i can thanks alot.

  10. I never even made it to high school. I failed so many times, I was old enough to quit in the 8th grade. So, that’s what I did. I was a fast food employee and ditch digger for many years, until the age of 23. Did I decide to get my GED? Not yet. I got a little bit better job, making a few bucks higher than minimum wage, and not near as hard work as swinging a pick. I got a couple of raises and was making better as time went on, so getting the GED faded from my mind. I could not read. I was now 25 years old and could not read a thing. Seriously! My parents didn’t even know until one day my mother asked me to read an article in the newspaper. She had been suspecting it, and asked me to read the article to confirm her suspisions. She was off the charts mad and said if I didn’t learn to read at once, I was out of the house on my tail. I had to be taught to read by an elementary school teacher. Nearly 3 years after I had gone to work for that company, it went out of business. I got another job making a bit more money. I was 26, and barely able to read a sentence, but making decent money. Then, that company was bought out and shut down, 10 months after I started there. My father got me enrolled in a GED program, and at nearly 27 years old, I finally got my high school equivalency diploma. In late 2000, I got the job I have today. It’s not making me filthy rich or anything, but, I’m doing alright, I guess you could say. I have never so much as set foot in a high school or college classroom, and I live a pretty good life. I’m not saying that’s the route anyone should take. I got pretty damn lucky that I was just always in the right place at the right time. But, it is strange to me that everybody I know who has a 4 year college degree is making less money than me. I used to think that that was only temporary. But, it’s been that way for upwards of 10 years!


  12. I dropped out when I was 18. I didn’t go to class for a long time, but I didn’t have a choice when I got kicked out. It’s been 2 years I can’t find a job to pay to get the G.E.D or a job to help me get a car so i can get to community college. I wasn’t going to stay in school in my senior year they told me I had less credits then a Freshmen, and I wasn’t going to stay there and suffer for someone else’s mistake. But I have no one to support me, no parents and no family that I speak to in s position to help me. I have a G.E.D study book, I didn’t even read it but i aced the practice test in the back. Easiest written test of my life. And I can’t even take the real thing. So internet I beseech you….what would you do?
    I have a simple plan, get job get ged get car go to community college….it’s not really working out.
    It’s a very simple plan…but i have no money and no job….and no one that’s gonna just give me $50.

    • Dex,

      Depending on what state you live in, there can be some options for you in regards to scholarships. However, most states don’t pay for the actual test.
      It’s true, you may need to figure out how to get the $50 on your own, and without a job, that’s not easy. However, $50 ultimately isn’t a huge amount. Brainstorm on how you might be able to get it. Looks out for temporary jobs that last for a day or two. Temp services have all sorts of jobs for all sorts of skill levels. See if there’s any way to help out around the community. Even by simply networking and making contacts, you might find someone who is willing to lend you $50.

      You can join the GED Testing Service facebook and ask them questions directly: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=46193757671&ref=ts

      However, it all depends on what state you live in. Let us know, and we might be able to help you out further.

  13. Your story has reassured me that the decision I’m about to make could be the right one. You see, I’m 17 and I tried going to school online after being pulled out of real school by my father. My problems though didn’t take place at school though, my problems were at home. My family had been falling apart since I was 10. My father made things extremely difficult since he was bi-polar and an abusive alcoholic. He left us high and dry last summer. The commute to school became too difficult so I withdrew and enrolled in online high school. We had many financial problems so keeping the internet on was difficult plus I was very depressed and didn’t help myself. Now I’m so far behind I can’t catch up in time to graduate. I don’t want to waste more time in high school if i can just move on to college and get a degree in the fine arts. your story has helped me… thank you 🙂

  14. When I was in 11th grade I dropped out, and that will haunt me forever…the reason may not have been the best, I was going through alotta with me family, things were falling apart. I’m 18 years old, and I just took my GED. I’m awaiting the results, think I did pretty good!! I want to either be a chauffeur, Truckdriver, or Machanic, but I’m a very pessamistic, and depressed person lately so I’m kinda lacking the drive to do those things. I’m afraid that I won’t be able to, and that I’ll never make it in this world, my family struggles financially (heck who doesn’t these days!?) and with this kinda of attitude I probably won’t. I just feel like such a loser, all I do is ride my horse and sit at home starin’ out the window :/ My friend is going to graduate high school next year, and I feel like crap. I’m worthless it seems. Ontop of that I get made fun of because I’m different, I’m a chick that has short hair and I’m a tomboy,…but I just can’t change…I’ve tried, but it’s not me. I just hope that I’ll make it…I feel like I’m in people’s ways..that I’m scum ya know?? Thank you for your story though. I’m in need of some inspiration as of late 🙁 and good luck to all of you that are getting your GEDs! Let’s hope we can go far 🙂 as soon as I get mine I’m gunna put it in gear!!

  15. I am 17 years old and i have dropped out. the reason being is because i cant fit in the desk they provide. you see im a big boy and i cant do alot of things other people cant, and im sick and tired of getting made fun of those things i cant do. your story has inspired me to get my Ged and go to community college. thank you so much. i was so stressed about leaving. it is alot of WEIGHT off my shoulders…..

  16. I AM 22 years old, the third of eight kids, I grow up on my Dads farm in Ohio, us 4 older kids was nicely spaced out 3-4 years apart. I was 3 when my mom started to homeschool. it was not easy for her, she was the youngest of 3, and my dad was the middle of 3 kids. I loved the out doors and every chance I got I was out helping my dad on the farm. I was small for my age and always looking for ways to grow up faster. School came easy for me but i never felt a real need for it, as i always had so much to do. I mean why would i want to sit in my moms class room, crunching numbers when i could be out getting big like dad? by the age of 12 I was working a full time job as well as working 40-50 hrs on my dads farm. now you may say this is crazy! who in there right mind would let a kid work that many hours? well before you start jumping to conclusions let me explain. my Dad is a very successful farmer. looking back he never overworked any of us kids. in fact he tied to make me stay in the house with mom and do my school. my dad is very laid back, and has a heart of gold he would do anything for his family. it was me that wanted to work! I was the one who went out looking for a job and took it. you see i was trying to get big fast! at age 17 I took a summer job in WA state working for a custom harvesting Co. I went for 3 summers in a row and ended up moving to WA in 08′ and have lived there since. I left the harvest crew Jan 1st this past year to go to school and ended up starting my own business (Clean Cuts Inc.) instead. It has been a very good experience for me. after 8 months of owning my own business I now know without a shadow of a doubt i need a higher education than 6th grade. I am a very smart young man with lots of ambition. everywhere i turn my head i have a job offer. for far more than most of my college friends that have there masters. only I want to be able to get away from farm life! I have lived on my own now for 3 years in WA. i feel like its my home. My family on the other hand live in Ohio so there is a very big pull back East! I nit have a GED I only went trough the sixth grade and feel very polled as to where to even begin?? whats the right school? hows the best way to start at 22?? I have always worked hard saved my money and gotten where i wanted to get with out any school. I invested all my money in my business and am unable to get it back out. so am at ground zero. I have no support from my family whatsoever in my endeavor to go to college. they say i am way to smart to go to school, its a wast of time and money. the job I want is in the flight field. any suggestions?:) Looking for answers from the wise thats gone before!!

  17. your story means alot to me.Im 18 and just dropped out because im tired of the drama and i was suppose to graduate last year. This has helped me to stop listening to what people have to say. My mom and the rest of my family are judging me because of my decision, but i feel that i did the right thing.im in the process of getting my GED now i hope i make it.

  18. Right when I was about to lose hope I read your story. At 12 o clock today I will be a high school drop out, I know it’s the right choice for me because I have asked myself over and over again if I should stay in school. School isn’t for everyone and I guess I’m apart of that group. My older sister graduated two years ago and just now got a job, she isnt going to college or anything but she talks down to me like she is better than me. I have a plan but I need to put it into go action and now I have to motivation to no give up. I was kind of a problem child and I wanted to graduate so my mom could finally be proud of me but math really kicked my butt this year and I couldn’t get caught up so I just stopped going. I plan to get a job first, pay for my GED, and then attend Columbus Tech to study literature and transfer to Columbus State. After I get my education and work situation I plan to save for a car then after that my own place. I know it’s not going to be easy but it’s good to know I’m not alone in this situation. (:

  19. This really helped me a lot! I’m 16 and high school is just a lot for me!! So much drama, hangin with the wrong people always moving schools! I been thinking about getting my GED but I didn’t know if it would be a smart idea i don’t have any support from friends or family :/ i want to go to beauty school and also model, dance and help people/kids and animals! As you can see I wanna do a lot! So hopefully getting my GED is the right way to go 🙂

  20. Thank you. You don’t even know.

    I’m 18 and I dropped out from school at age 16 because of anxiety problems. Everyone judged me. I lost a lot of friends. I am not going to lie, I had times when I regretted it, even though I did this for myself. It’s a hard way to go. People think you’re a freak and treat you as if you were stupid. They think you’re going to be nothing. So you start to believe it too… I’m going back on track this year and reading this helped me keep faith in me. Even if nobody else does. I do.

  21. I am in the same hole right now that you were in. I honestly didnt want to get my GED but after reading this i feel like its something i should do.I now know that i can do anything that a person with a high school diploma can. also most famous ppl get there ged so they can start young :). thank you

  22. I’m 17 and school is really hard for me. and it just started but i have a feeling that i wont graduate in June and i just cant stick through school and my parents want me to graduate and i don’t want to. i want to get my GED. so i was thinking of dropping out. But i don’t know if that is a good idea..

  23. I am 16 years old, freshman for the second time, and the last 7 years of school for me have been a joke. I have never done homework not because I couldn’t do it, but just because I didn’t feel like it was necessary. School just hasn’t really ever been the thing for me, but when I got into highschool, everything just got worse. I really put no effort into anything, my mom would get upset and cry. It really hurt me to see her cry and I hated myself for being the cause. It made me want to put effort into school, but it was only for a short time and I would go back to my old ways again. I really am a people person but I feel that being in highschool just isn’t for me. It’s not that I don’t get along with people or that I am not smart enough, it’s simply because I know I don’t belong there. I am finishing my year and taking the G.E.D. Test over the Summer,then getting into a community college. I know that if I can work it into my own schedule, and be able to learn the things I really want to learn, things that will help me pursue my life goals, that it will be alot better then wasting my time 3 more years trying to pass highschool when I can take one test and be able to go on and begin to achieve my life goals. You have really helped me realize that Getting my G.E.D is the best choice for me.

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