General Education Deploma
Is high school a waste of time? For me it was. What I decided to do with myself was drop out of high school, get my GED, go to community college, then transfer to a bigger college after 2 years of community college. Instead of finishing my last last two years of high school, I got my general education degree. (the GED) I chose to get my GED for a few different reasons. One was since I’ve moved around and gone to so many different schools throughout my high school life, none of my credits were being transferred! I wouldnt have been able to graduate high school on time anyway. I was also tired of switching schools an was in the middle of another move during the summer before my junior year. I also wasn’t living with my parents. Neither my mom or my dad had good credit, so college was gonna be incredibly difficult to pay for. I’d end up going to community college right out of high school anyway. Plus, if I’m not in school for 8 hours of the day I could get a job easier and I could save money for important things like college, and a car. Since j have my GED, it’ll look good on applications an it won’t be too difficult to get a job. In the future it won’t look bad that I have my GED because the highest form of education I had was my masters degree. Nobody will care that I didn’t finish high school if they see I got my masters degree!! If you ask me, getting the GED is an easier way to get ahead in life quicker, and cheaper! If you’re tired of high school, and want to get into college an make something of yourself, and make your life a little more productive, get your GED like me (:
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@kaelyberanek, regardless of what school you go to you need to go to the financial aid office and fill out a fafsa. You will get free money for every semester you take classes.
Guaranteed there are better things for young people to do than go to big public high schools. The only thing that you have to worry about now is defending yourself. People are going to look for reasons to believe that you are stupid. Dropping out has a stigma against it. Now that you’ve dropped out you need to make sure that you are covering your bases thoroughly and putting in more work than your peers. Your mistakes will be judged more harshly than others.
@kaelyberanek, you are aware of financial aid right? If you declare yourself as independent and have no salary you WILL get grants (and loans) which will pay for you to go to school. You just pay for college after you’ve graduated – by which time a smart, independent girl like yourself should be able to succeed.
Neither of my parents contributed over 1000$ to my entire college – I have around 23 or 25k$ of debt which I need to pay off now. But during school I lived a life of luxury – getting 10$k dollars a year to spend on rent and whatever else was very awesome.
Just apply for financial aid, you WILL get it.
PS it is spelled Diploma*
@dubatomik, I see your point, and agree with most of what you said. I do know what I want to go for, and that is art therapy. It’s a great way to help people in a therapeutic way. Nothing in life makes me happier than knowing I’ve helped a person with a problem they were/are having. Plus, I can work with all sorts of people in all sorts of different ways in an artistic way. Sometimes it’s hard to trust your therapist. You don’t want to just talk to someone about your personal life. Working with an art therapist, you wouldn’t even need to talk if you didnt want. All you have to really do is make your art piece. It’s meditative, relaxing, and helps you think. And you’d have a person right next to you to help you make it exactly what you want it to be, and to talk to if you’d like. If I ever had to leave the area or something, I wouldn’t be leaving my patients with nothing, I gave them a creative outlet so they can have themselves to rely on when they’re down in the dumps, not just a therapist to talk to.
I think there are more important thing in life than saving money so you can pay for a certificate of approval (masters degree or any degree) and a car (which is dependent on the schools or insurance companies and the oil companies naming the price you have to pay). In your situation (as is mine) paying for college probably means having debt to pay off for a long, long time. High school was a waste of time and to me it sounds like escaping one part of the education system just to go to another part of the same system is somewhat contradictory. College had the potential to be productive, but for the majority of students, its just another waste of time. Do you even know what you want to master in or do you just want the piece of paper at the end so you can ‘get a job’? Work is definitely important, but most jobs today are just as pointless as the schools that train you for them.
Find work that is meaningful to you, and if school will help you do that, great, but make sure what you do is not just for the paycheck or the approval of other people.
@bobbylloydxd, You are 100% right. Thank you for your advice! Dropping out sounds terrible. But I have my GED now. In October I’m starting some online courses for community college. In January I’ll be heading to the school for other classes. I’m sure I’m gonna get judged quite a bit. Not many people feel like the way im headed is the right way. But is it the wrong way? I don’t think so. I think there’s many different ways people can go with their lives. It doesn’t matter what road you take as long as you’re doing it for, and you end up where you wanted to be. Maybe where you want to end up will change along the way, but in reality, as long as you’re happy, that’s all that matters! That’s how I feel about life, and the way uou want to live, anyway.
@kaelyberanek, try to slow down and stop planning for ten years from now. Go to school and learn about the stuff that interests you. You don’t have to make your life decisions based on what employers might think. Jobs are for suckers anyway. Entrepreneurialism is for intelligent, ambitious like yourself.
Always make sure that you are happy with yourself in whatever you choose to do.
@kaelyberanek, Ive been through the same dilemma. I am intelligent and actually excelled in schools but I always felt half of the material I did learn had no point in my life. Eventually after transferring to another state and school the credits didn’t go over too well so they tried to hold me for the summer for a PE credit! Oh never would I do such a thing I dropped out and got my GED. It was super easy and I was always the first to finish. I was also the youngest being only 18, everyone else was 21+. Regardless I still value my school years I learned a lot including the field I wanted to study. Psychology! I will admit schools need a major revamp in education. This generation of kids are too “plugged in” to technology and information. So here is an excellent video explaining the problem with education these days. — > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U
@pantheonzeusamoagora that’s awesome! I’m glad I’m not the only person out there who is doing this. I struggled with math in school, and a little bit in science because I felt that a lot of it was pointless for my life. Doing the GED was pretty easy, everyone else who took it with me was 21+ as well, and I was 17. High school also helped me decide what I waned to do with myself, which is art therapy. (funny, it has a lot to do with phsycology.) thanks for the video! I feel that schools need to change what their teaching as well.
@bobbylloydxd, Thanks (: personally I feel like high school is slowing me down. I moved out of my moms house at age 16 and moved 5 states away. I’m living in a totally different area, nothing that I’m used to, and I’ve been here for a year And already would have had to transfer schools twice. None of my high school credits were being transferred throughout high school, so I wouldn’t have been able to graduate on time. Since I don’t live with my parents I have to pay for my college education. Community college is cheaper than a university, and a community college is where id end up whether I graduated high school or not. Since I have a GED, I can get started on community college now, instead of waiting two more years to do exactly what I’m doing now. I feel like for myself, getting my GED was a better option than getting my high school deploma. I was just curious of what others thought of the GED!