High School Dropouts
Generally, high school dropouts don’t accomplish the same as a high school graduate. In my personal experience this is not the case. I am in fact a high school dropout from 1990. I have retained high paying positions in companies with out a diploma. I was the sole provider for my daughter since she was three years old. I have never utilized public assistance to support her. Since 2007, I have received my General Educational Development (GED), graduated from cosmetology school and received my license, applied to and was accepted to nursing school, and started my accounting degree which is on plan to be completed in mid 2015. It is stated that high school dropouts are more likely to be unemployed, have poor health, live in poverty, be on public assistance, and be single parents (Stillwell & Sable, 2013).
As defined by the National Center for Education Statistics, dropping out is defined as leaving school without a high school diploma or equivalent credential such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate ("National center for," 2013).
In March of 1990 I made the choice to end my high school career without a diploma. I was in fact deemed a social student since I didn’t attend many classes. The truth is I did not like to be told what I had to do and where and when I had to do something. When I left my high school that day I thought I was the coolest kid on the block. In truth I was not, instead I was an idiot that knew nothing about life or what was to come in my life. A rough road started, as my parents informed me if I was not going to go to high school then I needed to get to work.
Contrary to popular opinion there are positions available for those who do not have a diploma. These positions are not fancy or anything to brag about, but my first job out of high school was a maid or housekeeper for a Holiday Inn. I soon learned that this was not going to cut it and I needed to make better money, so I started my path in the corporate world. To this day have held positions in banking, manufacturing, logistics, and accounting. I worked my way through the ranks of the corporate world and held some pretty lucrative positions until the economy changed in 2007. At this time it was time for me to change my history for a new future.
One fact I can mention that I am...