Dropping out of School
“Dropout” is a word with many negative connotations, one that the world uses to describe students who don’t care and are choosing drugs, alcohol or gangs over an education. However, many people fail to realize that there are dropouts who would much rather be in school learning about peptide bonds or magnetism. And yet, they can’t choose to do so because they are the backbones of their family’s economic stability and have to work various labor intensive, low-skilled jobs for the sake of their families.
Such situations can be extremely frustrating and may make you feel cornered and helpless; however, it’s definitely not the end of the road. Even if you haven’t completed high school, it’s always possible to go back at a later time or take the GED (General Equivalency Diploma). The GED consists of four subject tests which certify that the holder of the GED has United States or Canadian high school-level competency. This can open up new, higher-paying job opportunities.
Sometimes, it is necessary to study while you work and there are several programs and organizations that allow you to do both. Organizations like McDonald’s have programs like Archways to Opportunity that provide tuition assistance, scholarship opportunities and even English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. They also provide management training and promotion opportunities that allow you to climb the ladder within the organization. There are also several federal programs that you can turn to like Job Corps which pays you a monthly allowance and allows you to learn a trade while you are getting your high school diploma or GED.
And while it can be frustrating to see other people go off to college, it’s important to realize that it’s absolutely ok to complete college at a later time in life or in alternate ways. Community colleges are often much cheaper than state or private colleges and still offer great classes. Several institutions also offer night classes that fit around day jobs. Technology in today’s day and age has also made it easy to enroll at an online institution and take online classes during whatever time works for you.
So while things may seem hopeless or frustrating right now, having to dropout because of other pressures certainly doesn’t mean that things are hopeless. There are several short term and long term options that will help you eventually achieve your goals!