GED, I Am 38 and still no GED


I am 38 and still no GED. But Happy birthday to me anyways! It’s no big deal man that I am 38 and still no GED. I have to tell you, buddy, I have led a full life! So far, I’m really, really happy with where I am in life! No, really, I am! I am really happy! See if you can beat this!


I quit school at 16 — never saw the point in beating a dead horse and boy was that horse dead! I moved from an abandoned house to an abandoned house until my dad found me. Listen, he had to twist my arm into living with him. Well, living with my dad is like hitting the lottery—sorta (but without the money!) I don’t pay rent and I don’t have to do any of the cleaning, upkeep or maintenance of the house or yard. It’s a dream. Not bad for being 38 and no GED! And there’s no need to feel sorry about dad. He knew the risks when he twisted my arm to come and stay with him. Besides, he likes to keep busy.


I never wanted to be a wage slave and the only way to avoid that in my book was to refuse to take a job. This I had become highly successful at, though dad didn’t seem to appreciate this ‘life choice’ and I ended up having to work to support the growing band of what social services call “dependents”.

For a while now, I have stumbled from one minimum wage job to the next, scraping enough cash together to meet the welfare payments for my 3 children — Beyonce, Justin, and Lady Gaga junior! Each born to a different mother. Our family gatherings really are something to behold, with an average of two arguments per gathering.


Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not a complete hobo. I did have a stab at getting my GED a while back, but I flunked it. You have to answer all the questions in a fixed time. But, I refuse to be a slave to the clock, man. No way.

But who needs a GED anyway, right? We can’t all be working adults, taking care of our kids and other responsibilities, can we? I could get my GED anytime I want, but with my life being so full and all, who has the time?

The one thing I do have time for and in an abundance of is Nothing. No money, no car, no home of my own, no real family, no savings, no real friends and no GED. So this is where I am at age 38 and still no GED. Happy Birthday to me.

Still Time for that GED!

I wish I had not dropped out of school. I could have been a Security Guard by now.

Now, please continue to read why others may not have their GED as of yet! But we here at Experienced Security Guard Training Help Center hopes to change your mind!

What Causes Students to Dropout of High School?

Every year, many students drop out of high school and don‘t get their GED. Each individual faces a different set of circumstances and challenges that leads to this decision. However, there are many common factors that lead to dropping out of high school. Let’s take a look at what these are.


First, the transition to high school is very difficult for many. Many students struggle academically and socially in the first year of high school. Due to this transition, research suggests that the first year of high school is the most difficult for students. Suddenly, these changes turn into challenges and often the students never quite manage to adapt. This leads them to drop out (van Rens, Haelermans, Groot & Maassen van den Brink, 2017).


Next, there is the push and pull factors. Both factors contribute to the decision to leave school (Boylan & Renzulli, 2016). Push factors are those that come from within the school.


  • Disciplinary actions, including expulsion
  • Conflicts with teachers
  • Conflicts with other staff members
  • Other issues, such as:
  • Students feel the school doesn’t want them there anymore
  • Many students refuse to submit to disciplinary actions

Therefore, the student is forced to leave or just leaves.


On the other hand, Pull factors are those that entice the individual to drop out. They are associated with perceived costs and benefits of staying in school versus choosing another path:

  • For example, a girl who gets pregnant and might get married may be encouraged to drop out. As a result, her pregnancy means she will now have a family to care for and take up her time. Consequently, a baby won’t leave her much time to studying anymore. Thus, she might feel that staying in school is just not worth it.
  • Likewise, another pull factor is if someone has to work to help their family or wants to work because it feels more useful.

Notwithstanding, the Push and Pull Factors contribute to students being pushed out of school or pulled out by the enticement of the prospect of a job. In addition, the students transitioning to high school while confronting other life situations make it difficult for students to study as well. These are all common reasons for dropping out of school (Boylan & Renzulli, 2016).

Specifically, academic difficulty is a more important factor in students dropping out of school. A study found that those who dropped out of those high school were mostly students who felt that they were falling behind or were failing (Lockett & Cornelious, 2015).


Furthermore, research shows that students underestimate their real abilities in achieving academically. In short, although a student was doing average work, they would still feel they were not smart or good enough.

On the other hand, another study found that students who believed in their own abilities, had a genuine interest in classes, expected to graduate, and anticipated to going to college were much more likely to graduate (Fan & Wolters, 2012).

This means the beliefs that a person has about their academic skill and ability to graduate directly influences whether they choose to continue studying or not.


However, a student‘s perception of their ability and future in education don’t just appear out of nowhere. Usually, these are influenced by what their teachers and parents believe about their academic skills. If parents and teachers are supportive, then students are more likely to stay engaged. Teacher and parental support are essential factors, and a lack of either and especially of both is a strong predictor for dropping out (Ricard & Pelletier, 2016).


Finally, there is boredom. Many students cite boredom as a reason for dropping out of school. This boredom is tied to a lack of motivation and engagement (Weinerman & Kenner, 2016). Students are bored and they leave, especially if one or more of the above factors are present.

Also, a bored student who gets pregnant might decide that she was doing badly in school anyway and just drop out. Of course, there are many other factors that can contribute to this outcome.


When we look at why students drop out of high school, there is no one single reason. Instead, there are various causes that can influence one another. For example, take a student who is doing poorly in class. This student also comes from a struggling family and knows that his teachers and parents aren’t invested in his education. If that student sees an opportunity for a job, he will probably take it.

Dropping out of high school can have a variety of consequences:

  • Opportunities for employment are limited. 
  • Better-paying and higher-level jobs usually require at least a GED, but usually a college diploma as well.
  • Advancements, promotions, and opportunities may be denied to someone who doesn’t have a high school degree.
  • Additionally, people often have prejudices against those who didn’t finish high school.

Finally, the lack of a diploma can create social problems. The good news is that a lot of the factors affecting a teenager or young adult becomes less important in adulthood.


In conclusion, an adult without a high school diploma hopefully is better able to weigh the consequences of their past choices. Perhaps now, this high school dropout is ready to commit to a study program. They have access to more resources that can help them finish their GED even if they sincerely believed they had valid reasons for dropping out of high school.

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4 thoughts on “NO GED

  1. Andrew V

    Solid point over students being set up for an unrealistic situation, our schools so tend to live in a other world sometimes. I’ll have to give this all a go, I’ve always thought of this as it’s own industry, never considered it something you would do alongside a GED-free lifestyle. Solid advice, keep it coming!

  2. Tina

    I was reading the article and was curious about the title no GED. My sister had some factors that contributed to her dropping out whenever she was a teenager such as some of the ones you mentioned above in your article. She kind of feels the same way about not really needing her GED to make a living and to have a full and happy life. She isn’t looking to be a security guard but I just wanted to comment because it was something we had in common.

    1. securityguardsplus1 Post author

      Hi Tina
      I am not exactly sure about what you are saying. The video about not having a Ged is to make a person sit back and think about how different their life would be with a Ged. If that was not clear, then, we may need to change the content. Even though your sister may not want to be a security guard, are you saying she doesn’t want to do anything with her life? What is it that you have in common? And with whom? Thanks Tina


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