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High School - should I bother?





silentdae
I'm 17 and currently a freshman in high school. Yes, a freshman. I've failed 3 times and only have 4 credits as of now. This is my fourth year as a freshman. I should be a senior! Six credits makes a sophomore at my school. I do have a couple sophomore classes. The reason for this is simple, I miss a LOT of school. I simply don't go.

My first year in high school I was severely depressed and missed 1/2 to 2/3 of the year. My second year I hardly went at all, missed a quarter of the year when I moved (didn't even enroll after moving). My third (last year) year I had sleep issues and ended up on probation and dropped out.

I started getting my GED before I moved here 4 months ago but they wouldn't let me in the GED program here which was fine with me (i WANT my high school diploma). My sister is 18 and has her GED.

This year i'm fine and yet i've missed the last 5 days. What i'm wondering is, should I even bother? Should I just get my GED? I'm planning on being a programmer. I've been programming for around 5 years now and I don't really need any classes (just certification tests). I plan on going to college and getting my bachelors/masters. Will the good IT colleges even accept me if I've only got my GED? I'm intent on my salary being at least $60K.

I expect plenty of "Just go to school!" responses, that's what all my friends tell me. The reason i'm not going to school now is...there's other things i'd rather do. Simple as that. I'd rather sit at home watching anime and writing programs than waste my time in 9th grade english (which is actually somewhat difficult for me, math is my strong point). If I decide to get my diploma, it will take me over 2 years to do so (including this year) and that's more time for me to become discouraged. And that's if I take some summer classes also (which are expensive), otherwise it's 3 years. I've almost certainly failed my Driver's Ed class because it requires you be in class a minimum of 36 hours and I can only make up 2 hours a week (and all my classes are a semester long). I think i've explained thoroughly enough. Now I want to know what you think I should do! Don't be afraid to call me an idiot!
scotty
You're not an idiot, school isn't for everybody. However as silly as you think it may be as far as I can see you aren't going to be able to get into any decent colleges without high school under your belt.

I have no idea what situation you are in really but I'd say get some more high school done before completely giving up. That said if you are good at programming, you'll find your way to what you want.
silentdae
Thanks for the feedback! I didn't really consider the fact that there's a difference between "no highschool" and "some highschool" on a resume. I can at -least- pass Algebra 2 and 9th grade Gym this year, maybe much more than that. I'll give it a try. I'm too stubborn to give up just yet anyways. Just wish I was more motivated. Anyways, thank you.
Scotty Too Hotty
i agree,

Highschool is a necessaity to continue your development. Not everyone is good at everything. My srong points were math and science. I hated english and french classes. I was in the french immersion program since kindergarten. I am functionally bi-lingual in french, and english.

As you can tell fromthis post and other posts of mine, grammar is not my strong point, but try thinking of Grammar as syntax in programming language. I took QBasic programming in highschool. Does your high school offer programs like this. I understand how basic programming in Qbasic is, but it is a credit.

I also took many classes involving computers. For example, Multimedia. Graphic Design, Technical Support (building and supporting the school computers with A+ Certification option at the end of the semester). I took Information processing (learning to fully use MS Office).

All of these classes together with my Science and math i only came out with a 76% average. Not even enough for honors, even though i pulled a 95%-99% in most of the above courses i mentioned.

High school is not for everyone, but make the effort this year!
nortpron
High-scool might be good looking for a job...But if you want a job that you like its no neccisary
izimngcubes15
silentdae wrote:
I'm 17 and currently a freshman in high school. Yes, a freshman. I've failed 3 times and only have 4 credits as of now. This is my fourth year as a freshman. I should be a senior! Six credits makes a sophomore at my school. I do have a couple sophomore classes. The reason for this is simple, I miss a LOT of school. I simply don't go.

My first year in high school I was severely depressed and missed 1/2 to 2/3 of the year. My second year I hardly went at all, missed a quarter of the year when I moved (didn't even enroll after moving). My third (last year) year I had sleep issues and ended up on probation and dropped out.

I started getting my GED before I moved here 4 months ago but they wouldn't let me in the GED program here which was fine with me (i WANT my high school diploma). My sister is 18 and has her GED.

This year i'm fine and yet i've missed the last 5 days. What i'm wondering is, should I even bother? Should I just get my GED? I'm planning on being a programmer. I've been programming for around 5 years now and I don't really need any classes (just certification tests). I plan on going to college and getting my bachelors/masters. Will the good IT colleges even accept me if I've only got my GED? I'm intent on my salary being at least $60K.

I expect plenty of "Just go to school!" responses, that's what all my friends tell me. The reason i'm not going to school now is...there's other things i'd rather do. Simple as that. I'd rather sit at home watching anime and writing programs than waste my time in 9th grade english (which is actually somewhat difficult for me, math is my strong point). If I decide to get my diploma, it will take me over 2 years to do so (including this year) and that's more time for me to become discouraged. And that's if I take some summer classes also (which are expensive), otherwise it's 3 years. I've almost certainly failed my Driver's Ed class because it requires you be in class a minimum of 36 hours and I can only make up 2 hours a week (and all my classes are a semester long). I think i've explained thoroughly enough. Now I want to know what you think I should do! Don't be afraid to call me an idiot!


You're thining of going to college and getting a degree, and yet you rather do something than go to FRESHMAN HIGH SCHOOL? I believe, at least, college may be more stressful for you.

Sorry, but I don't see any good reason for you not going to school. It's stupid...to me, it really is. I mean you've got to have some senses to go, it's HIGH SCHOOL, it's really not hard at all. You're just lazy. It seems. Life isn't all about programming and watching anime, and it's not whether if you need to go or not, but the experience you'll get from it, I mean you'll regret it. You'll regret not going to high school. Many of my relatives regret not finishing high school too, so go to school and work hard at it. Anyway, English is easy if you study, it's probably hard for you, because you: A) don't pay attention B) don't read C) don't study.

I think you should go to school, it's really idiotic not to go, if you ask me. Just get done with it, if you didn't want to stay in high school for long, you should have taken classes early.

And I don't think college will accept a high school dropout, I mean, to them high school is a big deal, as well as SATs. You should reconsider and go back to school before it's really too late.

EDITED: I wanted to add that, OMG, "there's more things I rather do, like watch anime and write programs." You're saying going to school is waste of time? You watching anime and writing programs, or whatever, is WASTE of your time and you're not living your life. Being a couch potato like that, man, I'd rather die. Sorry, I don't like people who complains about things and yet they don't do anything about it, it's just so so sad. You rather do others things like watch anime, man, give me a better reason. Heck, that shouldn't even be counted as an excuse, that is like because you're lazy. A lazy bum. I hope you'll be able get a job because life may be hard for you my friend, no high school diploma? Get real. I don't see how other people here are so "calm" about this, but hearing about a person not going to school because of a lame excuse, man that just makes me mad somehow.

Just go to school! I mean how hard is it DUDE? How hard is it to you that you have to be so lazy. If you rather watch anime and other stuff, don't even THINK of going to a college. That kind of make me laugh, a person who doesn't want to go to HIGH SCHOOL because wanting to watch anime, wants to go to college and get his degree. Yeah right.

I'm done. Mad
snowboardalliance
Umm I see 2 options, go to high school and then college, or don't

Again, no reason not to go to high school. I mean, you don't have to be a perfect student, just pass, even if you get a real low gpa. Don't waste your time if you really feel you want a good job and college education.

But if you don't want to, that's up to you, but keep in mind, college will only be harder.
KD8CPP
I'm sure this has been covered, but you NEED to go to high school. I know it is hard sometimes, but colleges are starting to not accept people who don't have a real high school diploma, not a GED. A GED is good if you messed up and had a child in high school, or dropped out and realized you need to get somewhat of a diploma to do something with your life.

By the sounds of it you plan to go to a technical or IT school, and that is great, but even if you get the concept perfectly, they will look at your grades and say you cant go here because you didn't have the grades at high school. The only *POSSIBLE* exception is if you ACE the ACT or SAT tests.

I hope you choose to put some work in it and keep it up.

BTW I am a sophomore in High School.

73s

Tyler Lewis
Vrythramax
ummm...I think you may be hard pressed to make 60k a year with just a GED, that's not to say it's not possible....bill gates never graduated from college. I have a Masters degree from MIT and finding a 60k a year job is still a hard sell.

Not many of the major IT schools will accept a GED for admission either. I'd really think over your choices while you still have some....nobody sets out in thier career wanting to ask "do you want fries with that shake?"
Vashni
There ups and downs to not going to HS, but either way would work. just depends on what you want to do. look at that and then decide
loryl
Keep in mind that there are always very smart people who drop out and become successful later in life.

However, you're not one of them. Successful people work hard.

School is essential. 9th grade English isn't a waste of your time if you're struggling with it. Unless you have dyslexia or some sort of disorder, you don't have any excuse for not being able to communicate at the 9th grade level. If you ever go to college with 9th grade English skills, you will struggle in your classes because your professors assume that you can communicate in written English effectively already.

There's also your social life to consider. Just because you're a genius at math doesn't mean you can get along well with others. High school is a time for people to learn how to interact with each other (more maturely). It's when many people find a job for the first time, find a significant other, dress up formally for a dance, etc. When you're interviewing for a job or for college, your ability to communicate with others will be more important than everything except your resume. And what do you have on your resume? "Some high school". That's great.

If you're not motivated enough to go to high school, who says you'll be motivated enough to go to work everyday? Even if you manage to GET your dream job, you might not even be able to keep it.

Finish school, kiddo.
jongoldsz
You should at least finish high school. Without it, you won't get too far in life, unless you win the loto, or something. If you at least graduate high school, you could do something math related, since you said you are able to pass math, but also, you should try to pass some other classes as well, even if the class makes no sense, just try your best and study, and you may be able t pass it as well.
silentdae
Thank you all for your responses. I've decided to try getting my diploma. I'm going to talk to some of the school staff to work things out and plan. Thanks a lot for those of you who are being positive and encouraging me. I'm convinced I need to finish high school to get what I want (a good job!). Right now I work for $6.25/h at a fast food restaurant and I definitely don't want to do this for too long.

Thanks again
Vrythramax
Excellant choice, now I can close this topic.

-closed-
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