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Looking back, the reason why I had to leave school is stupid. No one really is to blame. I’m not even to blame. I was a victim to a difficult circumstance, which left me trapped (in way) and unable to go to school.
That is as much as I am going to say about the reason why I had to leave. And before your brain starts accumulating explanations . . . I was not pregnant, a druggie, nor a juvenile delinquent. Actually, I liked school because it was an escape from my home life, and I was a good student.
After I left, I was very ashamed, and because of that, I cut myself off from my friends. I was ashamed because while they were continuing their academic careers, I was stuck. Literally. I couldn’t stop myself from looking at them and thinking, “Why am I the one who has to sacrifice my diploma?” Then later when they were all graduating, “That should be me.”
I worked on getting my diploma but afterward I found out the one I had, while it was legit, wasn’t supported by many schools. This was a major blow to me, and it took me a couple of years until I was finally able to take my GED test.
When I was in the large room, waiting to begin my test, I looked around and was surprised at what I saw: people of all ages and races. If I had seen any one of them in public, I never would have known they didn’t have a diploma. That fact comforted me, but even after I received my Florida state diploma, I still felt ashamed because of the stigma people have for those of us who have a GED. Many think we’re dumb and unmotivated, but that is often far from true. I have my GED and I am published! I think that wipes the stigma clear out of the water. ;)
I could’ve kept this a secret, but ever since I started my blog and mentioned I had my GED in one of my first posts, I knew that I wouldn’t. Why? Because I believe you don't need a diploma or degree to be a talented writer.
And to anyone who has their GED, I want to tell you to be proud of what you accomplished because it is a great feat!
Have you ever been insecure about your level of education? Please tell me about it. Maybe we can boost each other’s confidence.
Do you have a masters or bachelors degree in English Literature? Share your experience with me! I don't have one, but I hope I will one day. :)