N. Carolina GED® Graduate
"I dropped out when I was 16. I'm 25 now. I was a drug addict for 8 years and got tired of my life as it was. I worked hard days in the hot and cold remodeling houses. Working hard like that just wasn't for me and I knew if I didn't make a change in my life I would have to live like that forever. I was tired of being on drugs and working like that for near nothing. So I decided I wanted to go back to school and get my diploma so I can get a good job and live the life I deserve. I cleaned up and signed up for school. I told my family my plans and my mother told me as long as I'm going to school she'd pay for my gas. I've already tried going back 3 times before, so I felt like she didn't think it would last this time, but it did! Every time I got discouraged I thought about those long hard days working construction. Now, I'm in college at Paul Mitchell becoming a cosmetologist and I've done what I thought I may never accomplish. I'm back to school! I had all odds against me but I've done it.
I really liked the teachers at FTCC in NC. The new GED program is nice because you don't have to take all the tests at the same time anymore. You can take them individually as you progress and I loved that it was all online. No paper.
Now that I've graduated, I plan to open my own salon one day."