You hear the messages everywhere… “High-school diploma or equivalent required to apply.” Sometimes: “You can’t survive in this world without a high-school diploma.”
This article is not for those who have the ability to graduate high school; it is for those who have a too-tough life for one.
You know who you are. You go to school hungry, and you can’t focus. You have friends who have survived in your world by going to jail rather than school. You might have taken that same path.
It’s hard to survive without a high school degree: true. However, you can do it.
Some ideas to ponder:
True, your peers are getting other degrees, but to hold yourself to their standards is heart-breaking and not smart. Look at it like this: A doctor and a homeless person are taken into a helicopter and dropped at a certain location in the city. They are both told not to go into any building, or go anywhere he or she could be needed. The doctor would therefore not be able to work or maybe step into anyplace he could teach his knowledge. Even though the doctor has a medical degree, the doctor would not be able to use their knowledge for profit. Although, he or she could help treat the homeless, the doctor would probably not be paid. Therefore, the doctor would need to find ways to survive outside of what he or she is famialr with in the normal routine. A homeless person, on the other hand, would know where to go: even go places where the doctor might refuse for sanitary reasons. Therefore, the doctor’s knowledge is of no use, but the homeless person’s is.
To bring this back to you, you may have people in your graduating class getting doctorates, but those same people may not be able to handle your situation. Let’s be honest, you might not be able to handle theirs. So, instead of spending years wishing to get their life, you would excel working with the one you have. True, you may end up working at a low-paying job, but you are a success. Do you understand? Yes, you require food-stamps, and yes, you need other government assistance, but do you understand that you are able to work in some of the toughest situations. Honestly, I have talked to doctors and successful people who would never want to be in your situation. Sometimes, that is the only reason they work eighty hours a week.
I wrote all of that to say this… you can get a GED. You just need to know where your strengths lie, and where they do not. Don’t study like a doctor, study like you: If you can only spend 10 minutes a day studying for your GED, you should only spend 10 minutes a day. True, it may take two years for you to get through the study material, but 10 minutes for two years is better than a lifetime of never accomplishing anything
*If you are reading this, and know someone who is in this situation who cannot read, please read it to them and help them to understand the concept.