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I Dropped Out of High School

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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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    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..

    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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    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 3 Responses Jan 12

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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 41-45, M 1 Response Feb 25, 2014

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    I was standing at the bus stop with some other

    students, when I suddenly realized I was standing so far away from everyone else. They were all gathered in a group, chatting, laughing and having so much fun and I was all alone. We live in the same village, we've lived in the same village ever since we were little and neither...
    JustBlueEyes JustBlueEyes 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 4, 2014

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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 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 1 Response Aug 27, 2014

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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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    "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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    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 16-17, M 1 Response Mar 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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    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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    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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    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 16-17, F 3 Responses Oct 24, 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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    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'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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    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 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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    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 Aug 25, 2011

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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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    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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    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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    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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    I was going through a hard time

    so i quit and dropped out. Stupid move if you ask me...
    Sierra1993 Sierra1993 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 11, 2014

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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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    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 18-21, M 1 Response Feb 25, 2013

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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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    I Graduated From High School O...

    I graduated from high school on my top 10 and with honors
    starfire043 starfire043 21-25, F May 14, 2007

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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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    "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 4 Responses Jul 29, 2014

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    Deadweight99 Deadweight99 13-15, M 1 Response Feb 11

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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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    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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    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 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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    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 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'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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    Dropped out in 2013 ,

    and i regret it . But im going back next semester and getting my **** together .
    Yungneechie Yungneechie 13-15, M 1 Response Jan 13

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    Blah. Not willingly. School suggested my mother

    home school me because I never spoke in school, and if they made me, I had horrible anxiety. She agreed, but after the year was over she didn't want to do it anymore. I didn't care at the time, but now I really wish I pushed to finish. Only had one more year.
    AngelaNix AngelaNix 22-25, F Feb 12

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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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    I was always the smartest kid,

    which resulted in constant bullying. Combine intelligence with being in if the only white kids in a school full of black students AND staff, I was beat up and sexually harassed all the time. They didn't care that I was raised by an Asian family. The other white kids picked on me...
    Darnguyen Darnguyen 22-25, F 5 Responses Oct 12, 2014

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    I see all you younger and it makes me think about what I went through. Break ups, he said she said, fake friends and trying to fit in somewhere. Well I never fit in anywhere but...
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    Not just high school. I hated school in general. I used to beg to stay home not that it ever did a bit of good. My parents would say you aren't the only person in the world who...
    jamlham jamlham 31-35, F Feb 11

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    Infinitesimally better!! Some people say the high school years are the best; others say the college years. I've done both, and for me, neither was true. High school.was.AWFUL...
    MommaBella MommaBella 31-35, F 4 days ago

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    My high school looks like a DMV Mental Institution. I went to so many other high schools for matches and you can literally fit my entire school into half of their entire school...
    mightymouse69 mightymouse69 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 8

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    I transferred to a catholic high school and the experience is MUCH different. First, the school is so small, everyone knows everything about everyone. Second, the teachers baby you...