Life After High School

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When I was fourteen years old in the ninth grade I decided to drop out of High School. I reassure myself that working was more important at the time than sitting in a classroom for eight hours. As years went by I needed to find myself a better paying job but I had one problem and that was not having an education.
After working under the table for so long I knew I needed to move up in life. I wanted a better paying job. I put applications in everywhere but nobody wanted to hire someone without having either a GED or High school diploma. I knew I had to do something, I couldn't bare working full time making pocket change. Something had to be done!
My motivation was my fight, I never really had a voice, and I never really took school seriously but I knew I needed a change and that was going back to school. I thought to myself, was it too late, and am I too old to go back now to get my diploma. A friend of mine told me about this web site she went to and received a legitimate High school diploma. The very next day I called the school and got some information. What was nice about this School was you receive an actual High school diploma, not your General education development (GED).
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If I would have stayed in school life would have been different. A diploma means everything, it is what you are as a person, and it leads to better opportunities in the working field. After working in factories most of my life my body was wore out from the physical labor. So I made a decision to go back to school once again. I applied for college at the age of 29 years old. The list of career opportunities was overwhelming and I had to choose one. It took some time to decide what trade I wanted to pursue and a career that I would like. After one semester of my basics I chose to attend big sandy community college and engage in a two year associates degree as an industrial

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