Post # 1
I’m sitting here crying tonight feeling bad about myself.
Back when I was in highscool I was never good at school and had a lot of medical problems. It was suggested for me to drop out and persue a GED. I was happy with that decision being that I was ill and missed a lot of school because of it. It’s been quite awhile since then and I’ve gotten well and have done good things for myself. My SO has been supportive through it all but when I tell other people I took the GED route they look down on me and I feel ashamed. I know I wouldn’t have been able to finish high school if I stayed and I’ve even decided to start college soon. I know it was good that I at least got my GED instead of not getting anything but should I feel ashamed of it? I figure you ladies are supportive enough to maybe just make me feel better about my decision. Really though, am I missing out a lot? Will I ever be respected with a GED?
Post # 3
Hey you came to the right place 🙂
It’s totally normal to get down on yourself once in awhile…almost all of us have been there for one reason or another.
It sounds like you already know that you’ve done a lot for yourself. A GED is quite an accomplishment, especially since you seem to have overcome a lot of difficult circumstances. You should be proud, not ashamed. And don’t hang around anyone who makes you feel that way.
Post # 4
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I’m not sure why it should come up often, especially if you’re going to be starting college. I definitely don’t think you’re missing out on anything, though. I don’t know how old you are now, but I can promise that within a couple of years no one is going to give a crap if you didn’t take the traditional route through high school. 😉
Post # 5
I don’t think you’re missing out on anything. I don’t really get how it ever comes up … I guess because I graduated 12+ years ago, but honestly, no one cares what high school you went to, especially after you go to college. And if people ask “what high school did you go to?” you don’t need to say “I got a GED.” They’re asking you what high school did you go to not because they want to know about a degree, but because they want to know whether they know someone in common with you or are just making small talk. Just say the name of the high school you actually went to.
Post # 6
Don’t worry about it! As soon as you get into college and start working on your degree, I don’t think that it will even come up. I think you should be proud of yourself for getting your GED and taking care of yourself and your health first! Who cares what people think just because you couldn’t get your degree at school.
Post # 7
I think you should feel proud that you got the GED. It shows that you cared enough to get it and know that it is equal to a HS diploma as far as that goes! You can advance your life and enter into college with it, so why feel bad about it? So what if past circumstances kept you from graduating at that point in time? Anyone that has a problem about it is being self-righteous and hypocritical.
BTW, no matter what we’ve accomplished or how far we’ve come, it is always WAY too easy to beat ourselves up. I know I deal with things on a daily basis, and I’m sure I’m not the only bee on here who does!
Post # 8
Ditto all of what Spaniel said. It’s great that you’re going to start college. Are you working now? What do you want to do? Let me just tell you, it is TOTALLY normal to feel down on yourself. I have a college education and have been mostly unemployed ever since I graduated a year ago. I had a crappy temp job for 5 months, but my pride definitely took a hit. There were many days/nights when I would just feel so sorry for myself. But you know what, you can’t dwell on it. Because if you dwell on it, you’re going to get to a dark place, and it’s going to suck even more. So chin up, girlfriend! Sign up for college and start your future!
Post # 9
@EAQ216-I’m trying to get a job now that my medication is sorted out and plan to start college next fall. I want to get into real estate, even though that doesnt require a degree I still want to go to college.
Post # 10
Your post had me convinced that a GED was a good decision for you. You seem comfortable and happy with it and it’s not dampening your career. I don’t think many people will snub their nose at it (or even if it will come up much after a few years out). But there are people who will snub there nose at everything, so I donno, as long as you know you’re doing good for yourself then try not to worry too much about it. It sounds like you’ve got a good plan for the future and that’s really what high school is for.
Post # 11
I like bluebook’s post. (OT @bluebook… is that about those blue book exam books? LOL I HATE THOSE THINGS bad memories)
You shouldn’t feel down on yourself! Plenty of people finish high school and don’t go to college. You’re GOING TO COLLEGE. You’ll be ahead of them and you should be proud that you can take the initiative.
I know someone who just wasn’t happy in high school. He was incredibly smart and talented, but didn’t do well in high school. He got his GED, went to college and got an internship that he ended up dropping out of college for, because it was his dream job. He loves it and hasn’t looked back.
Good luck. I think you’ll be just fine!
Post # 12
My cousin dropped out of high school and got his GED. People insisted that he would never become anything because he was a “loser” etc.
Well, now he has two degrees and he recently finished law school (top of his class!) and was recently accepted to work for an extremely prestigious law firm. Beyond that he’s a wonderful human being and though he could have told all those people who called him a loser to stuff it, he just thanked them for inspiring him 🙂
Anyway, I wouldn’t worry about it. When people apply for jobs at my office I don’t think less of them because they have a GED in fact, half the time I don’t even notice justlike bluebook said.
Post # 13
ONce you get into college, that question never comes up again, unless its “what high school did you go to?” to which you will reply which one you went to. Once your in college, everyone knows you have to have either a diploma or GED. IF it ever comes up, just say due to medical reasons you had to drop out but got your GED. There’s always been a stigma with the GED, but hey you went back and did it, and that’s what really counts
Post # 14
In times like these, I turn to Mrs. Eleanor:
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”
Post # 15
cinemaparadiso – that’s really funny about the blue books. My username’s actually after another blue book of horror though, the Blue Book System of Legal Citation (I just finished law school last summer).
Post # 16
If anything you should be respected more for everything you’ve gone though. The easy route would probably have been to just drop out, but instead you got your GED. And like others have said, it doesn’t even matter after you go to college – no one ever asks where you went to high school.