I'm 15 and I'm a High School Dropout

by Mason James about a year ago in high school

Here's What My Future Looks Like

So I know the first thing you’re probably thinking is: Aren’t you a little young to be a high school dropout? Why’d you dropout? What are you going to do now? How do you plan on getting a job?

The reason I dropped out was because I was bad at school. As the years went on, the work got harder, and the information in my classes got harder for me to comprehend. So I began to do very poorly in school. My grades fell, I lost friends, and my GPA dropped from 2.9 to 1.7. So I began to do research on dropping out of high school and, turns out, in my state, you have to be at least 17 years old to drop out. But I knew I was not gonna make it that long, because by the time I turn 17, I would be going into senior year.

So I decided to do research on homeschooling and found many great programs. But the problem was, all the programs I found were either too expensive or weren’t available in my state. That became very frustrating because it seemed like every program I found wasn’t going to work. Until I stumbled upon Time4Learning.com. It’s available in most states and costs about the same as public schooling. It’s also available for grades K-12. And no, this isn’t a promotion or anything, I’m just trying to show to people how this website helped me, and for anyone out there reading this who isn’t sure about dropping out or taking their kid out of school. I plan to make an article in the future about the pros and cons about dropping out.

Anyway, I talked to my mom about this program and she decided to take me out of school on February 2nd, 2018. It is currently May 8th, 2018, and my life is still kind of a mess, but I’m working on it. I’ve procrastinated on doing my homeschool work and have fallen behind, but I plan to push myself to be on top of my work and practice dancing, artwork, and working out. I also plan on eating better and leading a healthier lifestyle.

As for my future, well, here’s what that looks like: I plan to get a job in a few months at a local thrift shop while also continuing my homeschool program. Then, when I turn 17, I plan to do an 18-month program in Chicago to get a high school diploma equivalent. After that, I plan to go to a local community college for Dance, Music, and/or Art. I’m not 100 percent sure what my future holds, but I don’t doubt that I will be successful.

So do I think that dropping out is a good idea? Well, it depends. I think that if someone truly thinks they need to dropout or be pulled out of school, they should, but here’s what I’d recommend: before dropping out, come up with a plan for the future and maybe a plan B. I’d also recommend that you learn as much as possible because that’s important as well.

So in conclusion, I do not regret dropping out, and look forward to my future, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend dropping out if you’re not serious about it because you can mess up your future and might not be able to go back to your school. Sometimes I miss being in high school, I’m not going to lie—but overall, I’m happy with my decision.

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