High school drop outs; do you really want to be one?

High school drop outs


High school dropouts; why would you want to be one?
~Kimberly Kay~

I’m a high school drop out. If you are wondering, I am currently 23, without a diploma, and looking for a job in a bad economy. It’s not a good situation to be in with nothing to aid me without an education or real job experience—of course that is a given.

I want to warn the youth of America that the decisions one makes every day are the one’s that makeup ones future. Every person should make every day count. It may not seem like it now but that math assignment, paper, whatever is due that you do not want to do, is very much worth the effort! It pays off to get an education, and continue it throughout your life.

I have been enrolled in an online high school called Insight School of Washington. It is one branch of many schools throughout the United States, but it does not mean I do not regret not going and finishing school the traditional way; I have missed out on a lot of interactions with other students, and I have never gone to a real formal dance. I have a hard time admitting this because it’s so insanely strange, but I have spent so much time begging God to send me back and fix my education from kinder garden on upwards. It’s sad really, I see now that I should have paid attention. In the moment though, when I was there physically, my mind was not present. At a young age it is very difficult to see past the now and what is happening, if it does not hold ones interest.

I understand that school seems like it sucks now, but really later, if you do well now you will do well later in life, you can have that hot car, and all of the spiffy stuff you want; if you can get a job better than flipping burgers, or working at a grocery store all your life. Flipping burgers is not enough to get by! But if you really want to be successful, get school done and over with and move on later to all those good things in life!

According to cha cha answers, 1.2 MILLION kids drop out every year -- approximately. WOW! Too many! That is 1.2 million kids screwing themselves over each year. It adds up too over the years that is far too many more people trying to find work without an education. It also affects the economy. Now do you really want to be a thirty year old person who can’t find a job or feed their family? I doubt it. I bet you really want a good life and the opportunity to have nice things for yourself, and your family. Why take such big risks with the rest of your life? Why really? Tell me I would like to know! I have done so myself, and honestly I’m lucky to have a supportive family and not have any kids. I have royally screwed myself until I complete my education! Do you want to be in my position? I highly doubt it. Trust me it’s not fun going from being able to buy whatever I wanted before I was 18 and going to buying just what I need to get by ( I was a spoiled brat and still am in some ways). My parents are great to have me still living with them…all I have to do is continue to do school work they pay for my insurance, and all of that, but still, I feel very restricted. I want the freedom of being able to work and have my own money. But I can’t because I can’t find myself a job. McDonalds won’t hire me! I’m serious! It’s that bad right now! So I sit at home all day fiddling with my online high school stuff trying to get it all done in time to get my high school diploma. I will not get a G.E.D. unless I absolutely have to. A G.E.D. is not as good as a high school diploma; you can’t go to a real university on a G.E.D., just a technical college.

By not getting an education and continuing it you would miss out on a great life experience…I’ve always wanted to go to more than a community college; at one time, I was foolish enough to think I would make it to Malibu, California and go to Pepperdine University and Sever College. But I don’t think I could make it now. I’m too far behind. I’m too old, and not finished with high school. My dreams of all that I could have been are down the drain, and unattainable now because I messed up my future. Once upon a time I had no respect for my teachers, I had no respect for education, and I didn’t whatsoever $5 think I ever would have cared about it. But ever since I quit school and tried to find a job, it’s different. I wish I had all of those things that my sisters have, a good place to live on their own independently, and I want my own money to learn how to deal with and use for things – wisely, I might add. I would love to learn how to own stock and buy savings bonds. I would…if only I had the money. But anyway, that is it. I don’t see anywhere I can go from here until I finish school.

I just have a couple of questions for you: do you really want to join the 1.2 million high school drop outs fighting for a job in this country – in a bad economy – when there are plenty more eligible high school kids with more education than a high school drop out, that any job would rather hire? Any job will pick some 16 year old kid in school before they would pick a high school drop out. Especially if that person does not have any consistent work experience; two weeks working for one fast food place and applying at another does not look good for anyone. So now…work hard and get r’ done, or drop out and feel like you are a failure constantly – which would you chose?

If you have already dropped out, there are programs to get you back on your feet. Do some research and find one of the programs that best fits your needs. Insight schools are great! They are in select places throughout the United States, and they are online; so if you do have a job or a child, it is easy to do all of those other tings you need to do besides school. And also a few community colleges have programs for young people who need to finish high school as well. Sometimes for free because if you are the right age, the school district will pay for it. Before insight schools I was in a program called Fresh Start here in Washington. I was in it for three years and got many of my credits out of the way before I became an insight student. But be warned about college courses; they are fast paced. You go through one year to semester’s worth of work in a single quarter and you have to do a LOT of reading and homework. You should expect two hours of work for every hour you are in class and sometimes more depending on how well you understand the course (but if you know what you are doing it’s not always that bad). But anyway, if you have already dropped out, finish your education! If you are thinking about it, don’t do it without thinking about alternatives or how much it would affect your education if you don’t finish your education at all.


Thank you for reading my article, I hope it helps you in some way.

~Kimberly Kay~

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~Kimberly Kay~ 2 years ago Author

Yeah, i know, i have the exact same problem, which is why i wrote this article years ago, it STILL gets a ton of traffic! i wrote this about five years ago, and still a lot of people see it. I just hope it helps people open their eyes before they reach this point.


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~Kimberly Kay~ 2 years ago Author

When you're in a situation like this, you need to sit down, and look on-line for alternate programs. there are on-line high schools throughout the world, one I went to -- I believe actually originated in Australia. I would look and see about Insight schools, and some other options as well. going into a collage campus and talking to financial aid offices is also a great way to start, they can tell you if there are any programs you would qualify for, and if it would even cost you any money. I know here in Washington you now can get your GED certificate, and then go to school to get your Associates degree and from there you can get your high school diploma if you request it from the state. Australia obviously will be different and have different standards, but the more effort you put into hunting on-line, and going to collage campuses and speaking with people who already know what is available, you can qualify for various programs. there are high school programs for people 21 and down, as well as for 21 and up. It just depends on what all you need to finish, how much time you have and how much effort you are willing to put into it. It is good to analyze all of your options at this point and try to decide what is best.


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~Kimberly Kay~ 2 years ago Author

Yes, it's just much more difficult, and your pay and benefits will be far less than someone with a degree.


Dbjay417 4 years ago

OMG THIS!!! 28 years old and I still have not recovered from the decision to drop out of high school. This shit is Life on hard mode. No ammo, no health packs, no cash. Problem is unlike a video game, you can't change the setting when you find you are getting your ass kicked. Its really hard to get going in education once you've been out of it for years.

As a drop out your choices are limited. Either you 1. Work a shitty job and live in poverty for years and hope your boss promotes you into a position where you can earn a decent wage, 2. Get a GED and enroll in college and graduate with at least a Bachelors (these days two years of college only gets you debt) or 3. Start your own business. Create your own job. With no skills, and no knowledge 3. becomes a hellish nightmare. If you can't write a college level essay, you can't write a business plan. Without that, good luck getting funding. if you can't get funding you're gonna try to do it with limited funds, which is going to be miserable and will likely result in failure. the economy is killing the businesses of professionals with all manner of degrees and decades of experience. Your chances at success is slim to none.

Its unfortunate that life for dropouts is like this, because we all know that dropping out of High School doesn't necessarily mean that a person is stupid, but this is the world in which we live, and until we change the rules, we have to live by them. I hated the idea of playing by the rules when I was 16. Hindsight provides a better view though.

People will forgive teen motherhood, people will forgive a teenage arrest and conviction, but society offers no such mercy to drop outs. Don't make this mistake.


ThatGirl 4 years ago

Im 16 yrs old, from Australia and I haven't gone to school for 4yrs I have reasons and at the time in my mind i believed it was the right thing for me but I've grown up now and have come to realize that my education is important and I deeply regret my decision to drop out, I've had no friends ever since I was 12 and my life has been rough with family's issues among other stuff, I really want an education but I don't know what to do I would be in grade 11 now I dont know anything at all it's not like I can go back to school and continue from grade 11 because I wouldn't know what I'm doing and Im worried my dad would go to jail for me not going to school for so long, it's all such a mess and we don't have anything like the G.E.D in australia so I'm really lost on where to start and get a better education can someone please give me some advice? I would really appreciate it.


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IsolatedInnocence 4 years ago

You see, I want to have at least a GED, but I'd also like to have a job 'cause the GED isn't always free. I think you've got to pay for the exams.. so I'm gonna need money :L.. and my dad's job won't be enough. My mom doesn't work and never has, so you know how hard it can be.


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IsolatedInnocence 4 years ago

Hey Kim I was wondering; is it possible to be employed without having a GED or high school diploma?


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~Kimberly Kay~ 4 years ago Author

=D


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IsolatedInnocence 4 years ago

Nonsense! It's okay, it's not your fault. You're just trying to help and recommending good choices is definitely not a bad thing to do.

I'm not 100% sure that freshstart won't be available for me, but even if it isn't it's okay 'cause there are always other options.

I'll just get the GED and I hope I'll be able to get employed.. I'm ready to do anything.


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~Kimberly Kay~ 4 years ago Author

Good luck and stuff...sorry to have gotten you interested in something, only for you to be letdown. I feel bad about it now. I shouldn't assume that things like that are in every state. Grr...anyway, good luck with your stuff; I am truly sorry I messed up like that!


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IsolatedInnocence 4 years ago

But I don't think fresh start is available in Massachusetts.. and even if it is, the college is probably way too far from Braintree (where I might be living). So I guess the GED is my only option left..


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IsolatedInnocence 4 years ago

Thanks. I'll check those sites out, try contacting a college and asking them if they have fresh start.


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~Kimberly Kay~ 4 years ago Author

o i forgot a link =O so here it is, follow this to contact to college in the area closeest to where you will be moving to, and send them an email asking if they have any programs like the one i mentioned in my previous comment. wow i am spamming my own comments page...hmmm...

http://www.masscc.org/inside.asp?id=15


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~Kimberly Kay~ 4 years ago Author

Okay, so I’m not finding much in the last few min. out in that area. Not impressed with the lack of stuff I am finding. However, here is the link to the school I went to.

http://www.tacomacc.edu/areasofstudy/learningoptio...

You know better than I do about what colleges will be in the area you will move to. So this is where it gets fun! (Slight hint of sarcasm.) The easiest way of doing this if it goes anything like what I have had to do in the past, is to ask around, poke websites for the school you are interested in attending. then send a copy of the link I previously mentioned a moment ago, and ask if they have a similar program. =D usually the human resources centers know about this stuff, and can help you out with this. =D I really hope this works out, 'cause I am not sure what they have out there now and I doubt myself. Everywhere I have been there has always been a loophole to these things. And web searches never work out on school websites unless you know the name of the actual program they have. it's difficult with it being out in the east coast 'cause I can’t just go to a school, and request info for you like I would if you were coming out to Washington, and even then I would only look at maybe clover park, and pierce college, which I haven't ever really liked either of their campuses...(they seemed dirty to me...idk) but yeah, if you were coming out here I could help you out easily with finding somewhere plausible, and use a few other resources, however it is like 2:28 am and I need to go to bed 'cause tomorrow, I’m supposed to spend the day not sleeping on my boyfriend, but rather being awake and perky...I will look into this more for you Monday! I seriously want to figure this out now, it’s a challenge! And really! I mean they have to have something besides GED classes and honors courses! If they don’t I’m going to be shocked, and not happy! And if you guys can’t find anything, I am truly sorry that I couldn’t help you with this option... I mean really I am. I really wanted to help you with this, I haven’t logged into Hubpages so much since I first joined! So yeah we’ll see what we have by Monday... hopefully something truly worthwhile!


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~Kimberly Kay~ 4 years ago Author

I can look into it for you. It may have a different name in Massachusetts. It really depends on what the community colleges have to offer and stuff like that. But I will see if there is anything in the state. =D I was just thinking, you have lived in California, and massachutt, but have you ever seen MT. Rainier? I’m not saying anything about visiting me, I would consider it, but because of online safety stuff might not be the best idea. Anyway, I really want you to see what kind of views I see everyday randomly from when I go to the mall, to visiting the mountain every now and then. I think Washington is one of the prettiest places I have ever been! Oregon’s coastline is as well! California...mmm...I like the redwoods, but it gets hot on the beaches and I don’t' like it to be over 70 degrees honestly. Anything higher than that and I friggin melt! Anyway, here is a link to my favorite place to visit.

http://www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm

explore the site if you want, just be sure to look at the pictures gallery! I love going to the national park and hiking, or just going for a drive on a pretty day. Riding the motorcycle with my dad is so fun in the mountains! I can see everything without a car windshield in my way, It is perfectly open, and curvy roads are fun to drive on! =D I only wish I could show you some of the pictures I have on my computer of the waterfalls, and glaciers. It’s really pretty out here -- at least if you can handle the rain. It rains a lot out here. We have very rainy winters and not much snowfall. Then in spring it is less rainy, and starts to get sunny and the mountain peaks out of the clouds. The foothills and also the Olympics are really pretty! Olympic national park is sooo big! It’s not like Yellowstone, but still big! I didn't really get to go to Olympic national park until I was a bit older and stuff, but whatever, I’m glad I’ve gone the few times we've driven through it on a clear day... sorry I’m rambling, but honestly, I love living where I do, and it's not often I can tell someone about it. =D I’m all excited about stuff. Sorry I like to travel, I’ve been to Canada, but not to Mexico...Mexico just scares me, and I’m not into boats. My theory on boats is you are royally screwed if you are in the ocean and something bad happens. So I avoid boats at all costs...o and I can't swim so that doesn't help me liking boats. Airplanes are okay. The only times I have ever been on an airplane were to go on mission trips to help out in Louisiana, and then to go to Texas after hurricane Ike. But wooishness...I will look into stuff, really quick and when you check again, or whatever, I will have some research done for you! =D


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IsolatedInnocence 4 years ago

Haha nah it's alright I don't mind the comment you had about that boy, completely normal :).

I speak 3 languages; English, French and my own language of course which is Berber. I can understand a little Arabic but I can't write or read it. However the other 3 languages I speak them fluently.

Do you think I can try fresh start at a college in Massachusetts?


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~Kimberly Kay~ 4 years ago Author

That is a truly amazing story! Wow I have respect for that! I mean really, how many languages you speak to have lived in France and Algeria...dang! I admire that! And I kind of ramble on when I am tired...LOL! Yeah I have family who lived in Africa for a few years (they are white too...LOL!) so yeah I understand that...not everyone in Africa is black -- despite the stereotypical crap. I mean wow! That is quite the story and no wonder you are missing out on school...at least you are taking action verses giving up. In my fresh start class at the college I went to, there was a Muslim guy -- so hot! Anyway, that is terrible of me but he was really cute. Anyway, he had a story much the same as you is to why he was in that class as well. He moved to Canada, and back a few times; I didn't really get to know him, but we had to do a class presentation a couple of times and he shared that. So really I am aware that stuff like that goes on, however, whenever I hear of someone having stuff like that happen, I still feel for the people who it has affected. I hope that you get the education you deserve. If you work hard, you will succeed! And from the sounds of it, I think you will! =D and just for reference -- not all Christians are racist bigots. As you can see I’m by far not one! =D LOL! anyway, I wish you all the luck and stuff like that in the world, but really, luck only gets a person so far, what really gets people somewhere in life is hard work and determination. =D


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IsolatedInnocence 4 years ago

Haha, DAMN girl that's ONE BIG PARAGRAPH o.O. And you've claimed you were tired I couldn't write that if I was tired! You've got energy & motivation! That's good, you'll need those 2 things in life.

Anyway, I'll tell you my story.

I was born in Algeria, it's in north Africa. No, I am not black (I've been asked this many times). We're actually white, Muslim Africans. So yeah, I went to the USA, California to be precise when I was only 2 years old. Started school there for the first time and my whole life was set up there. We'd come here occasionally to visit the family. But when I reached age 12-13 my life starting to screw up. Mom & dad got home sick and stayed here for longer then needed, 6months, 8months, 10months. So I just stopped school and stayed home. They were convinced that in America there are always opportunities, and we could get back to school & catch up easily. So we stayed. Eventually want back, but changed states. We went to Massachusetts. We were there for less then a year, AND CAME BACK HERE, mom and dad wanted to give FRANCE a try. So after staying here for a while we went to France, and again we never reached at least a year there. Dad had a hard time finding a job. So since 2009 'till now I've been at home every single day of my life. We're going back soon to Massachusetts, though. And we're planning to finally get ourselves together.


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~Kimberly Kay~ 4 years ago Author

The age limit is usually 21 for the high school diploma; however the GED does not have an age cap on it. The age limi9t for online or at a college campus is 21 also. =D so since you are 18, you could easily get the real Diploma. In Washington State they have programs at Community Colleges where you can get college credits while you obtain your Diploma. I went to a college and got up to English 101 thanks to a program like that. Going to college was a good experience for me honestly! I learned more than I would have just going to a regular High School. But the coursework moves fast most of the time, and you have to be willing to commit yourself in a program like that. In one quarter of college you could very well cover one year worth of mathematics, all in three months time! I went to fresh start at a local community college for three years off and on. I loved every second of it, and I did far better in college than I ever did with going to school it is actually easier believe it or not! There are a lot of different people there; it is a great learning experience! Pretty much you could do the research and find yourself a college with a high school program and your local public school district will pay for your education, textbooks and all of your classes! No joke! It is a good way to get college credits and get a diploma all at the same time. So if I ever finish getting that math portion of the GED done, going back to school for me will be pretty easy because I have been there and done that! So I could honestly pick up where I left off. But anyway, like I have been telling you, there are so many options out there, and all you really need to do is to look for a program that suits your needs, and go for it if you really still want that High school diploma. =D I mean if I were you and your age, I would jump at this because it moves fast, and depending on your skills set, you could spend just a few months or a couple years in college and then be done with it! It really is that easy! once you are Motivated, I can imagine that you would do really well; so far you have been doing a great job asking questions and teachers always love that! =D so yeah, goes for whatever you think would suit you. Different people with different situations have to figure out what they really want to do for themselves. They only have to be willing to do the research and find the proper place to go. If you are serious about this, and continue going as you are, I think you will do really well! well I am fried, I’m trying to pull an all-nighter here, I’ve been up since 9:30 ish yesterday morning and it's 5:23 my time right now so I am Beat! I should stop trying to type; I can't think very clearly I’m so tiered! LOL! Well I hope I have given you most of the information I can. But if any more questions arise, please feel free! I really love to help people! It makes my day when I help other people! But yup... I shall check for more stuff later today but I will most likely be a zombie! So don't be surprised if I make a comment about the pretty fluffy pink sheep dancing the thriller dance with unicorns and stuff. I’m just pretty tired right now LOL! I don't even know what I am saying. So yeah good night for now, and I will get back to you later! Peace out!


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IsolatedInnocence 4 years ago

So the high school diploma & GED have an age limit? What is it?


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~Kimberly Kay~ 4 years ago Author

Well I actually haven't finished the math portion, and no i am not pursuing my high school diploma anymore -- sad to say I am now too old for many of the programs that would have supported me if was younger. You made me smile with that comment; and I haven't been told that the world needs more people like me in a long time...LOL! I try to be as helpful and considerate as I can be without taking crap from anyone. So yeah I guess the world might be better if more people were more considerate and helpful in this world but don't get me going on that one! And I live in Washington state. I think I have answered all of your questions to the best of my knowledge! Good luck with your pursuit to get that GED! =D


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IsolatedInnocence 4 years ago

No Kim, thank YOU for helping me! :) I really appreciate it, this world needs more people like you.

That site is awesome, it's the best Math learning site I've ever discovered. I'm going to stick to it and try to learn many things that'll make my GED easier to obtain.

If you don't mind, I'd like just to know a couple things; so you're 23, you have a GED and you're working on getting a diploma? What state do you live in?


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~Kimberly Kay~ 4 years ago Author

Well it is completely up to you in the end, so make the right choice for yourself! =D and I know how you feel about really wishing you had the actual high school diploma. I have taken the exam in Washington State, and I will tell you, it is extremely easy! The science was like what a fifth grader would be doing in class, the language arts was about eighth grade level stuff -- at the most, I estimate -- and the math, was harder for me -- but math hasn't ever been my strong point, but still eighth grade level stuff at the most.

I suggest for studying up on stuff for the GED using the Spectrum series kids books, go as far back or as far forward as you wish depending upon your skill level; they all go up to eighth grade for studying up along with a good GED all subjects book -- simply for the practice tests, and Barrons painless series for additional information you may not know. You can find all of this at Barnes and Noble online or in the stores. All of this will give you more practice and a thorough understanding of what you need to possibly cover before you takes the test. =D The GED books alone do not give you enough information to go off of to really prepare yourself. The Spectrum books give you more practice with the subjects than anything else I have tried to use! Another good resource is something you have already used and by far the easiest, the internet has tons of stuff for teachers online for FREE, and www.khanacademy.org it’s a good resource as well. =D I’m glad you asked me these questions, because it may help others like yourself. Thank you for asking me! I’m glad to help and give you as much help as I can! If you have any more questions, please just ask. =D


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IsolatedInnocence 4 years ago

Thanks Kimberly.

I don't mind the younger kids and their rude remarks, but it's just the amount of time that I'll need to receive the actual high school diploma and not a GED. Even though I'd prefer the real thing, I think a GED would be better 'cause it'll be easier and quicker.


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IsolatedInnocence 4 years ago

Thanks for your help Kimberly.

Well, to tell you the truth I'd really prefer the real high school diploma that one receives after completing K-12, not a GED. I don't really mind the younger kids and their comments, however I fear it'll be too hard for me since I've missed out on a lot and I won't be able to participate properly. It'll take me many years, probably, and when I'm done I'll be in my 20's. However with the GED it'll be much easier AND quicker.

What do you think? :L


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I replied to your comment in the next comment, I didn't see the reply button 'cause I haven't been on here in forever! so yeah... I wish you the best of luck, and thank you for asking! =D


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~Kimberly Kay~ 4 years ago Author

I would strongly encourage you to get that. If you dropped out, a G.E.D. is a good option, but, another good resource for someone you're age is to look into alternative high schools like Insight, or some community colleges have programs that you would be eligible for until age 21. Most states have such programs as far as I am aware. Insight is all online, and I studied there for a year, they have other schools in many states. So if you want to try that it is a good option, they will even provide you with a laptop and a printer if your classes need it. But a GED would be good if you have nothing else, and don't really want to deal with kids younger than yourself with dumb comments. Here is a link for insight schools if you are interested:

www.insightwa.net

Even if this is the link for Washington, you should be able to find the one for your state with ease. Good Luck!


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IsolatedInnocence 4 years ago

18 year old female here with education problems. I haven't been in school for 4 years (long story) and now I'm gonna try to at least get my GED. Do you guys think it's possible?


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~Kimberly Kay~ 5 years ago Author

O dang! Emily Kirk; you are 16 years old, you dropped out two months ago when you wrote this...LOL! O DANG! What kind of job does your husband have? No really tell me! Did he finish school? Hmm....I don’t know. Just think; if you weren't 16, and hadn't just met the man of your dreams, and still dropped out of school; where would you be? O my! SCREWED! Why? Because you don't have a job, can't find one due to lack of employment history possibly, might have a kid --or not; and -- O dang-- nowhere to go possibly-- well I hope that you don't end up divorced 'cause honestly you wouldn't have a chance without him supporting your butt.


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~Kimberly Kay~ 6 years ago Author

I appreciate your feed back, yays! Someone who sees it my way, we may not agree completely on politics, but thank you for understanding my viewpoint as far as education goes. I wish I had paid attention in school now that I am 21 and so mad at myself at times that I didn’t do well. Anyway, thank you. After all the crap I gave you, you are giving me positive feed back…I respect that.


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MFB III 6 years ago from United States

Great advice to all of those teens who are eager to be rid of school and all it stands for. I had some friends who dropped out of school, several wound up in Vietnam and dropped out of life itself forever, others worked mediocre, low paying jobs, and still do. A few went back after much soul searching and got their diplomas, and are doing well, but I can't think of any successful dropout that I knew. ~~~MFB III


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

I dropped out of high school to go on the road with a rock band. I never did finish or get a GED but I went on to become a professional musician for 20 years; then a very successful salesman; and then owned my own company for 14 years. You can do whatever you want In America if you have a dream and don't let anything stop you from achieving it.


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someonewhoknows 6 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

I might add,if,you expect to work in an office,you will need to learn how to type.Although high school may not be enough education to get a good job,you will have that much more of a hard time finding a job,without a high school education.I might add that with the advantage of computers ,it's a lot easier to get an education,then it used to be.More interesting as well.Information on any subject is available at the touch of a keyboard.

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