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What was your reason for dropping out of school?
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26 / M / Inside Lorreen's...
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Posted 2/11/14
I never dropped out of High School, not to mention, at least in Kansas, it was mandatory to be schooled, so if you didn't legitimately have papers saying you were being home schooled, and properly, they would have probably thrown me into some special care type of thing to force me to go to public school.

But I would have never thought of dropping out either, school was fun, I enjoyed most of my time there, and I passed with decent enough grades in everything except Chemistry.

Now in College, I can't say I necessarily dropped out, as much as I just can't afford to keep going right now. So I am on a currently who knows how long hiatus until I can afford to go again. I plan to at least get my Associates one day to say I did it. But that will probably be it, I doubt I would get much further in College as I am just not that good in school. My grades started tapering off near the end when I was last there, and I was looking forward to get home and sleep or play games more than I was willing to do the homework, which never happened in High School, I always got my work done first then played games.
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Last semester till I finish my AS and I want to drop out.

Main reason: Work, make money, move out, I want my own place.
Try and find a job or get quickly certified for a job that pays at least 15$ an hour.
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I want to really bad cause most of the staff are really stupid and the students are mostly a bunch of backwards hillbilly hicks. but I graduate in 5 months so I just gotta hang in there.
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Being from England our education system works slightly differently. I was in Sixth Form which acts as an alternative to college (though we do have that as well) to do my AS and it lasts for two years. I did the first year but for the courses I was taking I received 2 Ds and 2 Es so I decided that doing the second year this year would be pointless since it relies on knowledge from the first year and is more difficult.

It's not like I'm missing that much, though. I was studying Law, English Language, and Art. The Law and Art I don't really plan on doing anything work related with, and as far as my English went it didn't really focus on anything that would enhance my writing stories; it was more focussed around passing the exam and making you become a feminist from what I could tell lol.

Honestly though, and I hate to go off topic, the English really was weird. There was one bit where we had to analyse sources, one of which was an Argos article on Barbie dolls. One of the dolls was in a ballerina outfit and it stated the limbs couldn't move. The teacher suggested 'maybe it's saying that women should just look pretty and not engage in actually dancing' to which I thought 'or maybe after multiple practical design decisions the people who made it decided that would be more beneficial... just a thought'. Even then I've not a clue, not one, how that's meant to benefit you in later life, least of all 'English'.
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I'm not saying everyone who drops out is wrong to do so, but many people who blame "the system" or say higher education isn't worth it are making excuses. I have been disabled all my life. Like real disabled, born with a genetic disease that created inflammation like arthritis except not just in my joints. I had inflammation in the muscles, the soft tissue and skin. The other part of the disease was wounds. If I got a cut or bruise, it would not heal and soon get worse and then it would turn into a wound that wouldn't heal. I had wounds on both my legs all through high school. Wounds so deep you could see the bone. I was in and out of the hospital for infections and just plain pain management when we couldn't control the pain at home. I made it through high school and am now going to college. If school is boring or too easy, you have no reason not to finish. You can always find a school that caters to gifted. Sometimes school and life are boring, but we have to get used to it. Now college is not for everyone, but education isn't just for jobs. It helps round us out as individuals. Instead of opening your big mouth on a subject you know nothing about, you can actually have conversations backed by real knowledge. Socrates said, "There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.” Don't let yourself go through life ignorant. If school just wasn't for you, then ok, but make sure you aren't blaming the system or the country or say things like "It was too easy". If it was easy, you have no reason not to finish. Look inside yourself and really ask why you didn't like school. If you learn better on your own and keep learning without school then fantastic. If you are happy not having a high powered career and living modestly, then you really don't need school. If you want more than that, you will need a degree in this day in age. With job shortages, companies can be picky. Some jobs that one required no degree now require one simply because over qualified people started applying for them. I'm so sorry to anyone who wanted to go to school but didn't have the chance do to family issues, money issues, or any other real reason that made you choose between making a living for you and your family or school. Always remember there are kids and people who would kill to be able to go to school but can't because of their country or lack of money.
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Posted 2/11/14 , edited 2/11/14
I didn't drop out of school, but there were times when I seriously considered doing it.

There is a truth about going to school: it is not for everyone. There are several people who actually learn better when outside a classrom. People should stop thinking of school as something inevitable. Yes, you can get rich without going to school, but the path towards wealthiness is always an arduous one, and will require from you A LOT of determination, and stretch your willpower to its limits. This is valid whether you have a high school diploma or not.

However, if you are attending school, I recommend thinking twice before droping out. It is a life-changing decision. Only do it if you're absolutely sure that you will do better away from school.



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I remember going through high school in a daze. (not drug induced)

After I had kids, and separated from their dad, I realized I couldn't raise them well on twelve dollars an hour. (which is what I was making)
I decided to go to college. I was an honor student, and made it onto both the deans list and the presidents list.
Then, my son was kicked out of daycare and all other locations refused to watch him. He was two at the time. Later he was diagnosed with high functioning autism.
With no one to watch him, I struggled to continue school. It didn't work well. I no longer had the time to complete my school work, supervise my kids all day and go to work. I'm sure there were others who could have managed better, but I eventually had to concede defeat and withdraw.
I don't regret going to college, and I don't regret leaving it. The experience was well worth it, and my son was and will always be worth any sacrifice. (this goes for my daughter too of course!)

Eventually I'll go back to college, there are too many things I want to learn. Until then, I satisfy my urge to learn new things via books, software, tutorials, and hands on experience.
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I dropped out of school a year and 3 months ago, and my reasons for doing so were because where i'm from if your behind on credits, the school will expel you and make you go to an indepenant credit recovery school, where the teachers don't even teach, they just moniter the classrooms as you do your work on a computer. I got sent there and it's one of the worst experiences of my life, and as soon as I made up enough credits to make it back into regular high school, i was so far behind from being taught by a computer rather then teachers, that it was only a matter of time before I got kicked out again, which led me to dropping out. That experience made me believe that if the school would give up on a student like that, then what should stop a student from giving up on school.
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49 / M / New England, USA
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I used to be bullied from junior high on but was raised not to fight. I took the torture and lived with it for years; then my dad died. I blamed myself and got reckless. I decided to stand up to the bullies. In some cases it was a good thing, in others not so good. I had one of them try stabbing me and another put a gun to my head. A teacher caught him and turned us both in. The principal's answer why I was at fault more than the kid with the gun? It was my own fault for not standing up to him sooner. Well, I stood up to the principal and he threatened to exspell me at first then threatened to beat the crap out of me. I quit on the spot and walked out.

Do I regret it? no. I went back and got my GED 2 years later and started college. College was a much better experience.
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All through middle/highschool, I skimmed by with D's. I never did a single thing outside of the school building. I aced tests and did what little other work I needed during free time in class or during lunch. Always skipped gym. I graduated normally.
Went to college for a semester, flunked all of my classes. Not going to college anymore.
Haven't left my room other than to use the bathroom or get a snack in four months.
No regrets.

I'm incredibly intellectual, but no motivation to do anything worthwhile aside from play video games all day.
Parents considering kicking me out. If they do I'll probably just die on the side of the road. I don't care that much about life in general so it doesn't phase me too much. Gaming is my way of escaping reality I:
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31 / M / Newport News, VA
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I dropped out of high school just over 9 years ago (last day in school was 27 JAN 05). I got kicked out of Navy JROTC (didn't like it, full of rich white kids) and my grandparents made me move out. I ended up moving in with my mother, who lived in North Carolina at the time. I didn't have the luxury of staying in just one high school and got screwed over every time I changed schools. I didn't feel like getting screwed over again, so I told my mother that I just wanted to get my GED and move on with my life. Since I was 19 at the time, the final decision was all mine, but my mother did enable me to get from our house in Gates, NC to College of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, NC for my GED exams. I got my GED on 26 MAY 05 and no longer had to worry about school. Since then, I've taken a few college courses, but have realized that college is pretty much a waste of money in most cases and have decided to go with various IT certifications that will benefit my career.
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UberDanger wrote:

All through middle/highschool, I skimmed by with D's. I never did a single thing outside of the school building. I aced tests and did what little other work I needed during free time in class or during lunch. Always skipped gym. I graduated normally.
Went to college for a semester, flunked all of my classes. Not going to college anymore.
Haven't left my room other than to use the bathroom or get a snack in four months.
No regrets.

I'm incredibly intellectual, but no motivation to do anything worthwhile aside from play video games all day.
Parents considering kicking me out. If they do I'll probably just die on the side of the road. I don't care that much about life in general so it doesn't phase me too much. Gaming is my way of escaping reality I:


This is really relateable. I also see myself as intellectual, but others wouldn't look at me that way, because i'm too lazy to express it. Ive stayed home for 7 months now, but the only reason i'm not kicked out, is because i promised my parents to start school again. I don't really care about life at all, but that's because i haven't found anything interesting about it yet.
Posted 2/11/14
Was told I was going to be the next Bill Gates, so I might as well start kicking.
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I dropped out of college after a year.

There were several influences and excuses that I made to justify it. The biggest one being money, I dropped almost 15k on one year in college. The second was that my grandmother had been diagnosed with cancer less than a year after my grandfather had passed away, and my mother couldn't take care of her and support my deadbeat dad. The third was that going to school was mostly an obligation to my upbringing. I had it pounded into my brain since I started grade school that if you don't go to college, you won't be worth anything. The fourth was that I was unsure in if I was pursuing the right avenues to take on my ambitions.

So I dropped out. I was being really lazy and immature too, my huge gpa dive in my second semester was entirely my own immaturity as I let my personal life take control of my professional.

I have since changed my approach. I got accepted into the Coast Guard and I'll be doing this for another 4-6 years at least, and I'm hoping that once I get stationed to a land unit I'll be able to attend school again. I want to bring my gpa back up and then eventually go to an engineering school, most likely majoring in software or electrical engineering as those support my military work experience the most.

Worst comes to worst, I am collecting a small stack of letters of recommendation from doing volunteer work at local schools doing Partners in Education. I did this while I was waiting to get in and I've been doing it since I entered the military, and I must say that I'm pretty satisfied with myself. Originally going to college I wanted to be a teacher since I did an internship as an assistant teacher before and I really like doing it, so if I end up hating engineering enough to where I don't want to do it anymore I could always change my career path and my background supports my capacity to teach certain subjects.
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The 2nd paragraph of your reason is extremely similar to my situation. This Thread is interesting and a good topic. i think ill give my take when I'm done watching anime. for some reason im lazy right now......
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