Getting My GED

I finally bit the bullet and took all four of my GED tests!

I had studied off and on since January, but I knew I was stalling and needed to go ahead and get it done. Honestly I was just really afraid of failing.  When I was studying it wasn’t that hard, but I thought it would be really embarrassing to fail a test that’s supposed to be easy.

I took the social studies portion on May 2nd and passed with flying colors. Then I took the math test and the science test on May 9th, which were the ones I was most nervous about. Luckily I also did really well and overall it wasn’t very hard. Finally I took the English test yesterday. I’ve always done well in English and aced all of my state mandated English tests, so I wasn’t worried about this one at all. I could have done them all in one day, but with my chronic illnesses I didn’t think that would be a good idea. They allow you so much time to test, and I wasn’t sure how much I would actually take so splitting them up seemed like the best choice. I passed them all as college ready which was really exciting, and I was one point away from getting college credit on the science portion. 

I’m so so happy to be done with the high school portion of my life! I honestly can’t express enough how much this is a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. I’m done with high school… early. Yes a GED isn’t as good as an actual high school diploma, but back in the fall I wasn’t so sure I was going to be able to even get this done before the Summer began. Now all I need is my license and I can start taking college classes at my local community college in the fall! The situation may not be ideal, but I’m choosing to celebrate the win and look forward to getting my life back on track.

Lots of Love,

Alyssa

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Continuing Education

I’m setting a date to take my GED.

If you aren’t aware, I dis-enrolled from high school back in November and have been navigating what I’m going to do ever since then. After trying online high school, it not going well, and having a the biggest fight I’ve ever had with my parents, I’m finally going to take my GED test like we had planned all along. Since I’m only seventeen I had to get approved from the state, and I was approved yesterday morning so things are starting to get in place!

I’ve been studying a little bit here and there over the last few weeks and I don’t think passing it will be a problem. I’ve always done really well in school, and the GED test is supposed to be pretty easy. I’m still going to continue to study up until my test day because unexpectedly failing would be quite embarrassing.

I feel like this is a step in the right direction, even though it makes me really sad. I never wanted to leave high school, but this is the only way for me to move on and continue my education. I want to start some college courses over the summer, so I need to get my GED and then my license and I’ll be set. I guess hard decisions are part of “becoming an adult,” and I should get used to them. It’s definitely not the end of the world, it’s just a major disappointment. The burden and stigma of being a “high school drop-out” and a GED holder could set me back in my career which makes me nervous.

This is the right decision for me and I feel good about that. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about it, researching it, and talking about it with my family. Now I just want it to be over with so I can move on.

How was your high school experience?

Lots of Love,

Alyssa

High School Dropout

I am a high school drop out. Saying or rather typing those words still stings deeply. This is not something I ever imagined being a part of my narrative, but here I am, 17 and no longer going to school.

I dropped out in November of this year after struggling for the past five years with crippling chronic illness. I have been formally diagnosed with abdominal migraines, and chronic migraines, but I am still trying to get answers about other health problems I might have, which include PCOS and hyper mobility syndrome.

I worked incredibly hard these past five years to make decent grades and complete all my work. I attended school less than 50% of the time most years, and was put into a “homebound” status by my school in 7th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade. When I was on homebound I had a teacher come to my house to give me my work, and teach what they could. Unfortunately they couldn’t give me the help I needed, and it is incredibly hard to do AP high school classes with little to no instruction.

As far as my plans for future education, I plan on getting my GED in the winter/spring of 2017, and then in the fall of 2017 starting some college courses at my local community college. There’s so many holes in my education, this isn’t going to be easy, but I don’t really have any other options. In the short time I’ve been out of school I’ve had everyone I know offer their opinion , that I didn’t ask for. “You should really try online high school”, “There’s so many other options!” None of these things are helpful to me, and online high school isn’t going to work for my situation. I am going to take some online classes to try and “get educated” before I go to college, but I’m not pursuing a high school diploma.

There are very few people who will be able to understand what I’ve been going through, but I know that I’m not the only person to ever drop out of high school. My parents tell me this will be the “miraculous part of my story,” but I’m not so sure. What I do know is I have to pick myself up off the pavement and continue on.

– Alyssa