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        09-05-2013, 11:16 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Agreed with everyone else here. I hated high school! I was picked on constantly from fifth grade until the end of tenth grade. But I finished, and I so glad I did :) if you really don't like the school atmosphere there are sooooo many different options for you :)
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        09-06-2013, 12:03 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
    If all you want is a job as stall cleaner then you don't need to graduate. You need to go to college get a job that pays in order to afford anything .You need to find out why you cannot deal with school. Talk to a counsler, talk to your parents.
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        09-06-2013, 12:43 AM
      #13
    Yearling
    If you have social anxieties then I would suggest going to a counselor. If you absolutely cannot attend school get your GED or homeschool! I'm sure that there are not many jobs that can support both you and a horse and unexpected expenses. I'm not trying to be a downer but you need an education. Most places require a High School diploma or equivalent. I've seen this happen many times (not necessarily because of education but lack of jobs). In some cases people work 2 or more jobs to support their horses and thus have no time for them, or they get into a bind and can no longer support them.

    I too began to hate school and it got to the point where I wanted to quit. I wanted to drop out and get my GED but I pushed through it because even though I had the option, I wanted to push myself and get over my social anxieties (or whatever was wrong with me lol). Another member of my family left school during seventh grade and home schooled until she got her GED. Not trying to rag on you, but just to offer some help.
         
        09-06-2013, 03:48 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    I, as well as many other members, can understand where you care coming from. High school is brutal, I did my best to push past the bullying but soon, my school and social anxiety got the best of me.

    I am now in the process of getting my GED. If high school really is tearing you apart I would recommend doing the same.
         
        09-06-2013, 07:25 AM
      #15
    Trained
    My daughter left in her senior year and got her GED, BUT, we only agreed to that because she had already been accepted to Culinary school and knew what she wanted to do. However-she was not "traumatized" by school-rather I was "traumatized" by her being miserable there. At 28, she is now a manager in the food industry, and doing well, however, her lack of a 4 yr degree will hinder her advancement at some point, I am afraid. But-she sure can cook!
         
        09-06-2013, 07:31 AM
      #16
    Green Broke
    I have a hard time agreeing with High School being a must finish to get a job to afford anything. I agree a diploma is very important and can help get better opportunities, but not a must have to afford things in life. I raised and afforded 5 kids, 7 horses, 3 dogs and 4 goats without a diploma because I had a kid my senior year and decided at that time it was better to be a provider than paper educated.

    I have lived better than most of my class who finished high school and doing better now than most of those who went on to college.


    I agree that if you are having a hard time dealing with teachers(leaders) in the education system as well as other students then you have a much larger underlying issue that needs addressed. That issue will impair you from having more than the lack of a diploma will. I hope you seek counseling for that before it becomes your handicap. This is my thoughts on the information you posted and hope you understand why some of us feel you need help with it.
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        09-06-2013, 07:42 AM
      #17
    Green Broke
    Absolutely you need to finish high school. To be honest school is stressful and anxiety provoking to many people. Your not alone. I got through it by keeping my head down and just doing my work. I wasn't there to socialize, I was there to learn.

    In this day in age a college associates degree (two years) is about equal to a high school diploma. If you plan on dropping out or getting a GED your future isn't looking bright or comfortable. No horses in there either. Horses are a LARGE luxury expense.
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        09-06-2013, 08:00 AM
      #18
    Green Broke
    Google Mac jobs.....

    Failure to finish high school would be one of the biggest mistakes you could make. The consequences are enormous.

    Finish high school, then start working on a college degree.

    Maybe you should think about changing high schools?
         
        09-06-2013, 08:13 AM
      #19
    Yearling
    Let me just tell you coming from someone who got their GED. I regret almost daily NOT finishing, I was having a lot of health and anxiety/problems, but I do wish I did finish.
    I knew what I wanted to do with my life, but there are still so many opportunities I missed and could have had fun with.

    It sounds like you're having anxiety issues and you should really see a medical doctor along with a counselor, there is no shame and I was with my therapist for 6 years. It's hard to find a great one, but once you do, they change your perspective on everything.
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        09-06-2013, 08:53 AM
      #20
    Weanling
    Look, I have no Idea, what it is like to be traumatized by school, I generally left at lunch because I was up to no good, and made it back most days for practice.

    I can tell you that I graduated #157 of 172 kids in my class, and as a result missed out on alot of $ in football scholarships at some BIG football schools.

    I did however graduate and went on to finish college twice, and am currently a middle school teacher (go figure). I teach with a lady whom I graduated high school with (she was like #5 of 172). We make the same money. I also have several friends, who either got a GED or dropped out, and they are all across the board on what they are doing now, from prison, to making $100k+ a year working in a trade. Unless you have some very specific skill you can market, or unless you intend to further your eduaction in some way (trade school, apprenticeship, whatever) my opinion, is get some help from some one whether that is your school counselor, or your parents, somebody. Until you have a plan laid out keep plugging along. Do you need to graduate? Certainly not. You do however, need a plan before you decide to walk away.

    Jim
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