I hear a lot of stories of people who have dropped out of high school because of drug problems, or family issues - but there's another side to it that I frequently do not see addressed. I dropped out of high school because of the lack of challenge, I couldn't get into the classes that I wanted to be in and wasn't engaged in the classes that I was in. I was totally put off by the public school system and no one would hear my case when it came to getting me into better programs, so I dropped out and decided to try to make a career for myself.
I'm 31 now and work as a Manager/Engineer in Software development. After a about a year of working at minimum wage jobs I moved into the technical arena and worked my way up the chain.
I sometimes wish I would have stuck with it and gone to college, but a lot of my friends who did actually go to college are not anywhere near where I am in my career or in my life - I make over 100,000 dollars a year, own my own house, and have made a good life for myself.
Being a dropout is my dirty little secret, I've never gone back and completed so much as a GED. I do have aspirations of getting a degree one day, but am honestly putoff by the fact that I'd somehow be judged due to not having completed high school when I've worked hard, and done well for myself.
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