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What was your reason for dropping out of school?
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If you dropped out of school, what was your reason? If you didn't, but still have some interesting thoughts on the topic, go on.

I dropped out of high school 2 years ago and the most obvious explanation my family created for me, was addiction to games. I never really agreed to it, but I still moved on without trying to take it further, because i didn't really know what the reason was myself. I was pretty normal in highschool, with a fair amount of friends, normal grades, and no problem fitting in. Lately ive been re thinking the reason, and ive come up with a new explanation that is fairly logical when i think back on the state of mind i was in.

I started living alone the first year of highschool, so i spent a lot of time playing with my friend online. I never really went out other than school, so the lack of interaction made me too shy and nervious to talk to people, so i avoided it as much as i could. The lack of interaction made me look at, and observe people instead. After some time, i started to question people's actions in different situations. This made me extremely self concious, and helped to explore my own individuality. I would question this system called society, and how it supposedly would bring me happyness and a succesfull life. Yet I felt like i was only being the person people and society wanted me to be...a slave for others acception.

So back then i didn't think about the things i stated above, however, i knew one thing. I knew breaking away from society's system brought me a incredible amount of feelings, more negative than positive, but the negative also brought me excitement. So i started dodging school more and stayed home playing games, and after a while my grades was beyond fixing. Do i regret it? not at all, i felt free and i achieved controll over my own individuality. Would a succesfull life with a good job make me happy? probably not, though i still don't know what i want.
Posted 2/11/14 , edited 2/11/14

Ryuouka wrote:

If you dropped out of school, what was your reason? If you didn't, but still have some interesting thoughts on the topic, go on.

I dropped out of high school 2 years ago and the most obvious explanation my family created for me, was addiction to games. I never really agreed to it, but I still moved on without trying to take it further, because i didn't really know what the reason was myself. I was pretty normal in highschool, with a fair amount of friends, normal grades, and no problem fitting in. Lately ive been re thinking the reason, and ive come up with a new explanation that is fairly logical when i think back on the state of mind i was in.

I started living alone the first year of highschool, so i spent a lot of time playing with my friend online. I never really went out other than school, so the lack of interaction made me too shy and nervious to talk to people, so i avoided it as much as i could. The lack of interaction made me look at, and observe people instead. After some time, i started to question people's actions in different situations. This made me extremely self concious, and helped to explore my own individuality. I would question this system called society, and how it supposedly would bring me happyness and a succesfull life. Yet I felt like i was only being the person people and society wanted me to be...a slave for others acception.

So back then i didn't think about the things i stated above, however, i knew one thing. I knew breaking away from society's system brought me a incredible amount of feelings, more negative than positive, but the negative also brought me excitement. So i started dodging school more and stayed home playing games, and after a while my grades was beyond fixing. Do i regret it? not at all, i felt free and i achieved controll over my own individuality. Would a succesfull life with a good job make me happy? probably not, though i still don't know what i want.


I was about to. But I have pride in one of my subject's results because my friend is tutoring me in it and I didnt want to let him down... So I came back to school after missing a week of school after the holidays. The teachers weren't impressed and they treat me like crap now.

But my main reason was that I hated that place. I don't care about the teachers, or the people. The memories I had there were really negative. Any place I walk, there is always a wisp of a vulgar memories creeping around the corner.

Well, i guess i am grinning and bearing it now.

But i still hate it there. The walls, the dust covered windows... Too much noise.

As you can guess, i really like solitude XD
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I was too old for daycare.
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Several reasons added up to why I didn't continue.

1. Socialism in contrast to Capitalism makes higher education less valuable.
2. Lack of ambition, or greed; focused on love life rather than materialism.
3. No field of interest, or belonging; choice inhibited by a broad perspective.
4. Bad situations caused by bad parenting, and being highly sensitive caused many setbacks.

Another reason was boredom. I never bothered with homework, and I rarely payed attention in class, yet I kept getting high grades. I didn't need to work hard because everything came natural to me, even sports. The few times that I needed the teachers to explain how something worked-- they didn't, because it was something that they thought that I had to learn on my own (In other words: They don't know how it works themselves. It works because it's fucking magic!).
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I didn't drop out but I do wish I did it differently when I look back at it. Starting when I was a freshmen I didn't care what my grades were as long as I was getting by. Main reason was cause my parents basically told me what I would be doing post- high school. Manual Labor job that pays decent. Annnnd guess what that's currently where I am, lol. But I wish they would have pushed me more. And actually REALLY cared if I was doing good or not. When I was a senior I myself cared more about how I did. I atleast got B's and C's instead of straight D's/C's. Since I was able to actually be eligible for a sport I did track. And I wasn't nearly the best on the team, probably one of the worst on the team actually. But I LOVED it. Really wish I could have experienced more of it than just one season. It's not like i'm to college or anything. My days of track are kinda over :/ mehhh. TRY YOUR BEST IF YOUR STILL YOUNG.
Posted 2/11/14
I dropped out, damn, 10 years ago this month. (happy anniversary, me.)

The best way I can put it, was my school was designed to fail you. No matter how hard you worked, 8/10 you were doomed to fail. That's not some half-baked theory either, A student did a paper on it, and made local news even. They constantly switched students classes around needlessly, had a sadistic attendance policy (miss 10 days, you fail, even if they were excused absences), and given that the local of the school, something not unlike an inner-city, were generally detached from a large portion of the students. So there's that.

I worked hard in school, legit hard. I failed 9th the first year for 3 unexcused absences, and because I got a 50 in gym. I passed everything else, but didn't qualify for summer school. Apparently going to school in summer is a frigging privilege. So the following year, 9th grade MKII, I more or less got it caught in my head that I would fail anyway, so I just stopped giving a f-. That was also around the time I stopped playing 'model citizen' and started doing all those fun things teenagers do ~heh. I dropped out on my 16th birthday, and went to work 2 days later. I tell myself that I'll go get my GED, but I've been saying that for years, but someday maybe.

I hear that the Super Intendent was arrested a few years back for embezzling federal funds, and things have since changed a little, but the damage is done. How many poor saps got pushed out without getting a proper chance, I wonder.
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I dropped out around 6 years ago. The Principle of my middle school was a total B-word, especially to me and my brother. Mostly my brother, but because I had tardy issues and the same last name, she hated me just as much. Even made personal calls to her sister-in-law, the Juvenal Court Judge, about us.

So going into high school, Im already like, 'eff the system!' Then, a year later they started trying to enforce some strict dress code B.S.
I barely passed pre-algebra, & failed algebra one, lotta people did actually. So they made a 3 part course to better teach pre-algebra. Not me, I got algebra two. Even after pointing it out, I was still there.

I tried to pay attention and do my work(in class anyway) but I was starting to fall behind and I never agreed with 'school' in the first place.
I learned alot about myself after I dropped out. So I don't regret it, just the way I handled it. After a long holiday break, I just never went back.

Another reason I don't regret it, is because I happened to be right. Our school system is garbage, The Man would rather spend that money arming our military.

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I used to go to college, but then I dropped out to help take care of my family. I really did like my school, but doing this was more important, and I don't regret my decision.
Posted 2/11/14
I thought about it, what with my programming knowledge and proficiency as a translator, but after a fair amount of thinking, I decided to stay in school to find a career best fitted for me. I'm sure dropping out of school has its benefits, but it's a risk I'm too scared to face. Not because the idea is scary in and of itself, but I also don't want to do an extra year of school if it didn't work out for me in the end.
Ultimately, these words are just a means to an end, and I don't know what to do with my life, other than to procreate.

I'm the same as you; except my anxiety came from bullying.
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I left because my school was full of drug and alcohol addicts, also with teenagers having sex and getting knocked up. I managed to educate myself much better than my school could ever have done.
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I dropped out of high school in grade 10.
The science teacher was trying to teach us something about vectors or whatever and I seriously questioned what I was doing there learning about this crap that I'm never going to use in life and so I left and started working in trades, making money... It has been 6 or 7 years since then and I have no regrets.
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I was a normal student too, I had friends and whatever else but I didn't do anything with people outside of school so my connection with other people wasn't really that strong and that made it easy for me to leave.
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Coming from immigrants parents and immigrant myself, unable to get a part time job to support myself and help my parents at the age of 18 I felt completely weak... watching my parents coming day after day back from work at 6:30 made me sick to my stomach. I started looking for part time jobs as I still wanted to continue school and I wanted that diploma. However, reality hit me hard, I was denied every part time job, as I didn't had a SSN. That took a toll on me and I skipped school and stayed home playing games, watching anime, and movies. At the end my dad confronted me for not going to school and gave me a pretty hard lecture.. my response was " I don't want to go to school anymore, I want to start earning money."

I got a job doing concrete rate pay of $10 hour, I liked my job despite the low pay and the long hours... I was doing alright, every paycheck I would divide it to half, I would keep half and gave half to my mother. Soon after I heard news of something called Dream Act (DACA) and to be able to qualify you needed to be in school or have a high school diploma. I left work to go back to school, unfortunately I was a dropped out and I was 19 (way to old) to be in school, I was presented with the opportunity to get GED (I am sure that is wrong name for it), but then again I was hit with the hammer of reality and I needed a SSN. Fortunately for me I was able to get to school where they take in dropped out under 21y. I was able to graduate in less then 3months and I received my High school diploma.

I qualified for my SSN.
Do I regret my actions? At some point I did.

I have a great job and helping out the family.

Best advice I can give you: Finish high school and with good grades.
Can you believe they ask for a High school Diploma and T-Scripts sealed in a envelop just to apply for a job?


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I started living alone the first year of highschool, so i spent a lot of time playing with my friend online. I never really went out other than school, so the lack of interaction made me too shy and nervious to talk to people, so i avoided it as much as i could. The lack of interaction made me look at, and observe people instead. After some time, i started to question people's actions in different situations. This made me extremely self concious, and helped to explore my own individuality. I would question this system called society, and how it supposedly would bring me happyness and a succesfull life. Yet I felt like i was only being the person people and society wanted me to be...a slave for others acception.


DUDE, this is me between 11 till now; except i didn't drop off from school. I'm still struggling to finish some career buy that's about it. no idea really what i want to do in the future. Though i'm studying economics which is pretty contradictory since i dont want to be stuck on a desk job everyday. still i grew to do the same thing you did observe observe and observe which also made me way to self conscious and it came with side effects too, kind a mental. But yeah, that besides the point.
About school i feel like i should just finish it but like i said, i don't see my self working on a desk doing paper work day in day out.
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I will never drop out of school; not even for a loved one! What's most important is that I get my education so I can move forward with my career! If anything is to get in the way, then it must be shoved aside in favor of higher learning
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