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Anyone here dropped out of school?
Posted 8/10/12
So, who here has dropped out of school (high school, college, uni...)?

I'm still in school (age is wrong on my profile haha) but I know someone who dropped out of high school and got a ged for personal reasons. They're in college now as well.

NO BASHING please. What works for you might not work for others.
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Posted 8/10/12
I came close to dropping out of uni after my 2nd year, but thankfully stuck through with it.

Besides the financial worries, overall I'd say my college experience was positive. I had a lot of fun, met a lot of new people, put myself outside of my comfort zone, learned an abundance of knowledge that I wouldn't have otherwise attained, and it opened some doors of opportunity for me.

I really appreciated the opportunity, probably because I had to work to afford college. All the credits I took I had to pay for out of my own pocket rather than my parents/relatives paying for me. I didn't skip out on class or just "go through the motions," it was important for me to "do things the right way" rather than waste time and money.

College isn't for everyone, but it helped me out quite a bit, I wouldn't have done it differently.
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Posted 8/10/12
Last grade I completed of highschool was freshman year.


I got my GED when I turned 17 though and I'm still working on my AA.

siggghhhhh dropping out is one of my biggest regrets but I had some personal issues going on at the time that made it very difficult for me so can't beat myself up!
Posted 8/10/12 , edited 8/10/12
GED.

edit: I guess one word responses are lame.

I dropped out around the beginning of my junior year, worked under the table to get around a lot of labor laws. I ended up getting my GED when I was 18 because I needed it to get just about any legitimate job. I went to college for a term after that but dropped it, I guess school just really wasn't for me.
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Posted 8/10/12

sarahhhha wrote:

siggghhhhh dropping out is one of my biggest regrets but I had some personal issues going on at the time that made it very difficult for me so can't beat myself up!


You've got the advantages of youth and the desire to advance, so there are plenty of opportunities for you to work at whatever you want to achieve in life. It's not at all too late if you want to go back to school either. I know of people who were in their late 30s before they were accepted into medical school, or started going back to college, and they experienced a lot of success.

Don't make the mistake of some of my friends who became mired in regret and never got out of the slump. Too much regret is so self-destructive and debilitating.

Clean slate, start fresh.
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Posted 8/10/12
I dropped out of high school and got a GED. School was never really for me. Unfortunately, school moved far too slow. More annoyingly, they would cover the same things they taught in prior years for the first half the course or so. I scored high enough on the GED to get into college easily, so I went for a while. College was the same thing, far to slow. I was also working at the time to pay my tuition and college expenses. So, I dropped college after about a year and haven't looked back. It's possible I could have had a higher paying job by now if I went to college, but certainly not assured. I have a good job I enjoy and make good money. I don't regret dropping the whole school experience. It did very little to nothing for me anyway.
Posted 8/10/12

sarahhhha wrote:

Last grade I completed of highschool was freshman year.


I got my GED when I turned 17 though and I'm still working on my AA.

siggghhhhh dropping out is one of my biggest regrets but I had some personal issues going on at the time that made it very difficult for me so can't beat myself up!


Sorry, but what is an AA? And I see you're only 22...You have a load of time for college - education is for all ages! (: C;mon, when there are people who are freaking grandparents and going to college for the first time, just shows anyone can do it if they want to.
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I agree with you. I just dont understand why there is the mindset that college is only for young people. You can go back at any time and you set you schedule up how you want it. So you could have a job and go.

i had to drop out of my reg college and go to a community college because im unsure if what im studying is what i want to do. So rather than waste the money im just gonna pop out an associates of science. Then test the waters of the field to see if i want to stick with it.
Posted 8/10/12 , edited 8/10/12
I would never recommend dropping out of high school, or giving up on college. But I will say that the number of people I have worked with that have a degree and can't land a job in their field is amazing. Work experience is what's truly valuable. The education you get in college is great, but if you aren't using your time there to network with people in your field and create opportunities for yourself you are wasting a lot of time. A degree alone won't land you a job. Knowing people will. That's where the real opportunity in college is.
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Posted 8/10/12 , edited 8/10/12
I was supposed to graduate college this year with a BA, but I have been having some......personal issues going on. I'm going to give another stab at graduating next year, so I guess I haven't technically dropped out. But I'm kind of disillusioned with education in general right now. =_=
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Posted 8/10/12

_IceAndCream_ wrote:

I was supposed to graduate college this year with a BA, but I have been having some......personal issues going on. I'm going to give another stab at graduating next year, so I guess I haven't technically dropped out. But I'm kind of disillusioned with education in general right now. =_=



Well, at least you're close to graduating. I believe you may be able to take a leave of absence without giving the school a reason. I don't blame you for being disillusioned. In the U.S., for the amount of $ we pay, we get very little in return. Everything I learned in university I could have learned from books, research papers, and videos from iTunes U or something similar.


Three weeks ago if someone told me I'd drop out of school, I'd tell them no way. But as it so happens, it looks like I will drop out of university. Which sucks. It was my goal to graduate by the time I'm 22. I'm turning 19 in two weeks and I don't think that'll happen.

It's a combination of unfortunate circumstances (life throws a curveball at you when you least expect it) and what seems to be a silver lining. I can only hope this all works out.
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Posted 8/10/12


And you just got started! Nasty. Hope things work out for you!

I can take a term off (fall term) with no trouble, but I will have to enroll for winter to keep my registration status. Hopefully I will have things worked out by then.
Posted 8/11/12
I'm about to be a senior in high school and at one point I did want to drop out but I didn't.

But I do know a good bit of people who dropped out or were kicked out of school and most of them either got a GED or got into a program at my high school that lets drop outs come back to school and get a diploma. But the ones that decide that they don't want to go to school anymore just hustle and try to make enough money to support themselves every month.
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Posted 8/11/12
I graduated this year, but I was so close to dropping out. There was less than half of the year left and I was thinking about dropping out! Can you believe that! There was like what 3month left before school ended and I was thinking of dropping out!!!
& the reason why I was contemplating on dropping out was I was failing 2 classes. If I failed the classes I would have needed to go to summer school and if it came to that I would have dropped out. Seriously I've had it with high school that I would have just quit and say fuck it I'm done. Don't get me wrong it's not like high school was that bad. I mean I loved having all my friends in school, etc, what really just grind my gears was all the tedious work that was assigned! It was all so Worthess and pointless.
Ps I was failing my ap English class and my sport literature class.
My AP class assigned so many papers it was driving me crazy!!!!!!!
So much worthless crap I had to write and type, it was just complete madness!
I absolutely hate writing with such an intensity and burning passion! I just decided not to write these papers! It was just too repetitive.
Then my next class was a similar situation, just with this class I had to read a lot of books/passages ( which by the way I was not engaged in nor entertained at all!!! ). Then after I had to write long papers involving many readings. After a while I didn't do any of the work it just frustrated me to much. In the end though my teachers allowed me the chance to turn in all the late work in so I did it just so I could graduate and not fail. Snow I'm just happy I graduated from the hellhole known as high school...:p thank GOD!!!
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Posted 8/11/12
I dropped out of high school during year 11---
I dropped out of college during 3rd sem of Opto---
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