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I Dropped Out of High School

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    No Regrets!

    I dropped out on my 16th birthday and got my GED a year before the rest of my class graduated. When they were finishing up their junior year, I was in Cancun partying. I totally do NOT regret dropping out of high school. I still went to college and make more money than anyone in...
    aka746 aka746 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 21, 2007

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    41 year old male, I live in Texas

    and recently lost my very nice paying that I had for nearly a decade. Now I can't find a decent paying job without a diploma or GED. Does anyone know of a Diploma mill that don't cost a lot so I can get a better job. I know going back to school is best, but I don't have the...
    speedos4me2 speedos4me2 41-45, M 4 Responses Jan 12

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    Final Weeks Of High School

    High School is suppose to the best four years of your life...Whoever came up with that assumption was probably never bullied, or was the popular kid. Four years ago I thought that I would never have to drop out, but that was before my life took a turn for the worst. Long story...
    Dreeesta Dreeesta 18-21, M Oct 21, 2013

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    It just wasn't for me.

    It was too organized, and not well-managed enough. I couldn't stand to see the staff do it so wrong. I'm working on getting a GED now. Maybe I'll work that at a high school someday.
    MerryMerryMerryMerry MerryMerryMerryMerry 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 27, 2014

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    I droped out of high school

    and didn't get my high school diploma or a GED now I'm in my last semester at my local community college and next semester will be my first time attending SJSU.
    lost1500 lost1500 18-21, M 1 Response Oct 4, 2014

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    gosh u all have like real good reasons 2 quit i

    just quit cuz i suck at it it was like the worst time of my life but im super glad that im done now cuz i hated it so much
    lacipink lacipink 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 2

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    Sometimes, The Wrong Decision Seems Right

                        I started working in July of 2001, when I was fifteen. That fall, I decided to quit school so I could work full time. Money was always tight in my household and in the spring of 2002 it became even tighter when my mother had to quit working...
    1TrueStorygirl 1TrueStorygirl 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 22, 2011

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    With my depression and the glandular fever I

    was just constantly exhausted even walking from classes would drain me and my school is pretty small. I had a plan but the sickness has made my depression worse and I'm to drained to even go looking for work. I just don't know what I'm gonna do
    bieverything bieverything 16-17, F Apr 27

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    I Would've Been A High School Dropout...

    I would've been a high school dropout, but I chose to homeschool and I turned out fine, no social disorders or anything. Ironically, I am now the administrative assistant to the president of Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum. My boss has a passion for dropouts and students with...
    homeschoolgirl homeschoolgirl 22-25, F Oct 11, 2013

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    Okay so, I have dropped out of school

    once again. Out of both times, I have come to realize that my school and school staff are very kind but care way too much! So much they invade in to privacy and I couldn't take it! That was reason number one for my first time. The second time, the same reason applies and I tried...
    Gemini0069 Gemini0069 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 27, 2014

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    I Dropped Out

    I dropped out when I was in my Junior year.  I still wonder how I  made it that far.  I finally got my GED when I was in the service.  I have since attended college and hopefully one daay I will have the time to finally graduate from there.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 9, 2007

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    I Don't Know If I Can Do It.

    I dropped out of high school before the second half of my senior year. I know it sounds dumb but I just couldn't do it anymore. I'm very smart made the honor roll every quarter, had all honor and AP classes, and was in the pre-law magnet program for two years. So I'm not stupid...
    joyelle00 joyelle00 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 30, 2013

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    It was really a waste of time

    for me. I had zero interest. I'm sure school is of huge benefit if you are actually interested but it was only making me angry and depressed. When I had my first daughter that was it between me and school. I left cuz I wanted to take care of my daughter and was home schooled for...
    emily97rose emily97rose 18-21, F Jul 7

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    I already had a job. So

    when my homeschool teachers were to busy fighting their way through a divorce....I just started working full time in Tech Support. You could not had paid me enough to go back to school and being bullied!
    teadiva teadiva 31-35, F May 8

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    I dropped out of high school in the last 3

    months of my 10th grade year. I take my GED test in a few days. I would be a senior this year.. Oops. I am now taking sign language beginner classes with my mom(not college classes) and also in a photography group because I love it. Other than photography, I don't know what I...
    averageteengirl7515 averageteengirl7515 16-17, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Twice at 2 high schools.

    Because of bullying :(
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45 1 Response Aug 30, 2014

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    I Dropped Out At Fifteen

    When I was fifteen, I weighed 270 pounds. It became hard for me to get around the school, some kids put me down. I tried transferring but at that point I had no one in school anymore. I had made a couple friends but nothing that lasted. I felt like people just didn't like me. It...
    icequeen900 icequeen900 18-21, F Aug 10, 2013

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    "I Did, But I Still Managed To Get My G.E.D."

    I dropped out of high school because I was so sick of doing the same **** every day.I got straight A's and once in a while I would get a B, but I was so sick of the same routine and all the damn drama, I had more than enough of that to deal with at home. Having to cope with it at...
    TwilightDream TwilightDream 36-40, F 3 Responses Jan 4, 2012

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    I remember way on back in the 9th grade my

    class had this fine old field trip. We went on up to Washington DC to see some of them monuments. Oh, they are mighty fine too, I can tell you. That old Washington Monument is just about as tall as anything I ever did see and that old Lincoln Memorial is right dandy. Well...
    SexyCleetus SexyCleetus 46-50, M 1 Response Feb 25, 2014

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    I haven't dropped out of school yet.

    But I have been seriously considering it for weeks. I am a social butterfly and love getting involved in extracurriculars and the like. But lately I've been noticing how introverted I am. It's so hard for me to wake up everyday and go to school because people just drain me. I...
    sidorska sidorska 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 24, 2014

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    Job Corps Was Better. (For Me)

    Well I can't say I've gotten far in life but I know I am much better off than what I would have been had I continued on in school.   I dropped out close to the end of my 10th grade year. A couple months later I signed up for Job Corps and got my GED...
    BlazzinBebe88 BlazzinBebe88 18-21, F 20 Responses Oct 23, 2008

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    "But you only have a couple months of school

    left!" "Dont do this!" "Dont throw away your GPA and all the scholarships!" "You are too smart to do this!" DONT U UNDERSTAND?! I was about to be homeless with a sick mother, no car, no job, no family support, and no money. It doesnt matter how my grades were or how long it...
    Acebo Acebo 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 29, 2014

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    I really regret dropping out.

    It was by far the worst decision I ever made. GED looks so "ugh" compared to HS diploma. I saw all my friends walk across the stage and all I could do was sit back and say "that could've been me but I was too lazy."
    shaybaby213 shaybaby213 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 8, 2014

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    I Left High School. But It Was Right For Me...

    I'm 16 years old. I had my reasons. Ill start by saying i was a great student in Junior Public, got decent grades. My parents were roofers in my home town and were always able to make ends meet. Always nice christmas', life was good as a kid. I didnt worry about anything. I was...
    StayLifted96 StayLifted96 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 23, 2013

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    An Unfortunate, But Wise Decision

    I became severely depressed during my junior year of high school, and it really hindered my education. My concentration became so poor that I could spend half an hour just reading and re-reading a single page, and still not be able to absorb any information from it. My memory...
    lemonfire lemonfire 31-35, M 2 Responses Jan 20, 2008

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    Haven't Regretted It Since.

      Yes, I dropped out. And I did it with good reason. Here's my reasoning in short.  I didn't understand the whole point, it felt like i was being forced to follow this strict agenda and life path. I didn't want to become anything that was predetermined and/or...
    LuckymeIshouldsee LuckymeIshouldsee 18-21 3 Responses Mar 17, 2010

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    I've been out of hight school

    for over a year now with the intention of being home schooled. Now I'm 16, full time job, possible GED registration in about 3 hours. I haven't slept in over 24 hours, more caffeine in my system to put down a horse. And I haven't studied anything besides MTG and sheet music...
    AwakeinSleep AwakeinSleep 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 12

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    I was going through a hard time

    so i quit and dropped out. Stupid move if you ask me...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Nov 11, 2014

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    I have severe social anxiety

    and also ulcerative colitis. When those two are mixed.. Oh gosh. Horrible. School was the thing that triggered it. Being around people I didn't feel comfortable around, especially being picked on. I switched to cyber school for 2 years but they kept marking me absent for days I...
    Unicornwarrior724 Unicornwarrior724 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 27, 2014

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    Repeat of 9th Grade At 17

    I dropped out of high school when I was only 17 years old, and I was only in my 9th grade, for the second time. I was always distracted in school by friends and boys, very boy crazy, always had a boyfriend, and skipped classes to be with my friends and smoke. I didn't pay...
    Sweetheartxoxo Sweetheartxoxo 26-30, F 8 Responses Apr 26, 2008

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    my homeroom teacher got me into tafe

    when I finished year 9 she notes that I was not happy so she asked me about going to tafe I said yes to it don't regret I was not happy at school I hated how things were tought I wagged I couldn't be bothered with my homework being a underachieved genius who know one understood...
    Rakiea Rakiea 26-30, F Jan 13

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    Well I dropped out of high school

    and I regretted it ever since. I got my GED and I thought I was finished now I should be happy. But then I read this article online that says GED's are just a cop out and that they're not anywhere near worth a standard high school diploma. I now feel even worse than before...
    joyelle00 joyelle00 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 8

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    I Dropped Out..

    I recently dropped out of high school. I was in my senior year, with only 5 months left. I know it seems really pathetic, I've heard it many times. The reason I dropped was because I have anxiety issues and recently they have gotten worse and I started missing so many days. I...
    Kgaitbyler Kgaitbyler 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 17, 2013

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    I Graduated From High School O...

    I graduated from high school on my top 10 and with honors
    starfire043 starfire043 18-21, F May 14, 2007

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    15 Notable People Who Dropped Out Of School

    I've finished highschool without being dropped.but these famous people all dropped out of school: 15-Princess Diana 14-Ringo Starr 13-Harry Houdini 12- Ray Kroc 11-Elton John 10-Charles Dickens 9-Colonel Sanders 8-George Burns 7-Richard Branson 6-Walt Disney 5-John D...
    TheEclipse TheEclipse 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 25, 2013

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    One of the best decisions I made.

    What good is it, if all you feel is fear to attend, everything is too hard, you are being bullied by teachers and students, aren't learning and are miserable? Dropped out of 16. Couldn't take it anymore. I went to a new high school and dropped out of that at 17
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45 2 Responses Oct 12, 2014

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    I dropped out of high school.

    Now im all over the place i wish i never did it but i just couldnt do it anymore. I gave up so quick i didnt care but, now that school started for everyone i miss going . I wanted to be the first to graduate in my family but i failed them. I didnt want this ! Like they say...
    tatianax3 tatianax3 16-17, F 3 Responses Sep 16, 2014

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    I'm a high school dropout

    and it feels great. school is a monumental waste of my time and now I can get a job and focus on creating art.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Mar 15

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    I'm Trying Again

    I went to a community high school today to try to go to night school and get my diploma and it was the most nerve- racking experience ever. I thought freshman year was bad but going back to school almost gave me a panic attack. I want to quit but my aunt is pushing me. I hope I...
    joyelle00 joyelle00 18-21, F Nov 5, 2013

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    I Got Kicked Out Of Hs

    I hated school from first grade on! Hated it! I think I had undiagnosed mental disorder because I couldn't concentrate or sit still and focus while sitting in class. I was always in trouble for talking and making a fool out of myself and this was just elementary school! Jr...
    Delphinia65 Delphinia65 46-50, F 1 Response Jun 17, 2012

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    I dropped out of high school.

    I had severe anxiety issues and it got so bad I couldn't leave the house. I went to therapy got it resolved. I felt like such a loser with a GED. I missed out on high school as well. But, I didn't let that stop me. I got a job at a bank and worked super hard. Now at 37 years...
    mysticdragonlady mysticdragonlady 36-40, F Aug 27, 2014

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    I dropped out of High School in my Freshman

    year... I dropped out mainly because my age ( I repeated 2 grades in elementary school do to my mother's abuse & educational neglect for me) & also because I just lost interest in going to school period. I stopped becoming motivated in the 8th grade & I started cutting school a...
    Us3rrFr13ndly Us3rrFr13ndly 18-21, M Jan 13, 2014

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    People can complain about high school all they

    want, but if I could go back, I would've tried harder in high school instead of skipping out on classes and acting like a little rebellious ****. I'm not saying I regret my decision about leaving school, I had too, I was going through a very difficult time in my life and it came...
    FarrahRelates FarrahRelates 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 8, 2014

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    Biggest mistake I ever made.

    Looking back at things I would have tried harder. The truth of the matter was I was kicked out of my house when I turned 18 and had no where to go. I only had 4 months left of high school, but needed a job to eat and have a place to live. So I dropped out to work...
    FreqFlyer76 FreqFlyer76 36-40, M Jul 9, 2014

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    i am dropping out of school (high school) its

    not because it sucks but for the record it really does. Here is my story its 9th grade and i plan on just getting to know the school so i walk around getting to know the surroundings and staff that was day one. sometime after i guessing a month i start f-ing up my class grades...
    Iamaolne Iamaolne 18-21, M 2 Responses Jan 26, 2014

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    Educating Yourself Can Be A Path To True Knowledge

    I dropped out of high school at the age of 16, back in...1983. I went to high school for two years, and just never showed up at school after the summer break following my 2nd year. In reality, although i was enrolled in high school, i did not attend regularly and learned almost...
    deepintheheart deepintheheart 41-45, M 1 Response