"Changing your mindset is and was the biggest step
Alaska GED® Graduate
"I worked at a grocery store from my teenage to young adult life. When I was younger, I decided that I wasn't going to go to high school anymore for very illogical reasons. As years went by, getting my diploma went to the back of my mind. I did think about it a lot, had nightmares, and even had dreams that I did graduate with my class; only to wake up knowing that I didn't. All of my friends were going to college and I was still stuck in my small hometown of Haines, Alaska.
Then an opportunity opened where my sister, who just got done with a dental assistant program, came to me and asked if I wanted to do the training program and that they were interested in my potential. I told them I did not have a diploma so I couldn't do it. They went out of their way and jumped through many loop holes to get me into the program. The only thing I had to do was earn my diploma by the end of the schooling. Long story short, I earned my diploma in four months and also graduated my dental assistant training program. I passed my GED test on the same day I graduated! My life has changed in so many ways. I never thought I could do it, I never thought I could succeed through any goals, but with the help, support of my family, and most of all, believing in myself, I did it. I know that if I can do this, anyone can. It is only you that is stopping yourself from achieving this. I put it off, came up with excuses why I couldn't get my GED and so on and so forth, but it was just me and only me that was stopping myself. Changing your mindset is and was the biggest step that I had to take through this process. I started thinking positive, asking for help and believing I could actually do it.
I know that the GED test was harder this year than any years previous. It is a very good thing, I believe because colleges, jobs, and people will take you more seriously. The MyGED portal and GED Ready helped me a lot on how the actual test was set up. I used online study materials and studied at a place in Juneau, Alaska where teachers and staff helped and encouraged me throughout the process.
I am now a dental assistant working in Southeast Alaska. My life changed tremendously in just four months because I decided it was time that I started my future. I have never been so happy in my life."