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GED Info and Taking On Odd Majors - July 25th 2014, 01:36 AM

So this is sort of a 2 parter and I'll split it up as such.

So I'm planning on getting my GED next month after I turn 18 and can pull myself out of the school system without all the hassle of my parents and the school board having to be involved. Pretty much everyone supports me fully, and I'm mainly just wondering why there is such a stigma behind getting a GED. I'm just as smart if not smarter than my friends who graduated this year, I've just had a lot of personal life issues and don't want to keep getting dragged back as a result. And I plan to go to college so that'll negate it anyway, but seriously why is there such a bad stigma behind getting a GED instead of graduating?

As for majoring in odd subjects, has anyone else found it sort of hard to find the classes you need/want to take? I mean I had a specific school in mind when I was going to major in Psychology, but now that I've decided to take the route of Forensic Science instead, it's much more difficult, if not impossible considering I was and still am dead set on going to Washington for college. It's where my boyfriend wants to go and I had my heart set there before I even met him, I really don't want to have to move to a whole different state and away from my boyfriend/fiance just to get the major I want. Anyone else wanting one of those not so common degrees? What have you dealt with in regards to it and how?


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Re: GED Info and Taking On Odd Majors - July 25th 2014, 02:09 AM

Well, for forensic science, I would start with looking at specific careers that you would want to do. In some places, forensic technicians only need a degree in biology or chemistry or physics. I'd start researching careers and see what they really want their people to be versed in.

For the GED, well, I think it's the idea of education inflation. They view it as someone who couldn't make it in the high school. It's not right.
   
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Re: GED Info and Taking On Odd Majors - July 25th 2014, 03:30 AM

I know that moving away from your boyfriend/fiance seems like it's not an option, but I do want you to consider it. If you two are as strong as you think, then you will be able to survive being long-distance. I really want to encourage you not to move to a state and go to a school that you don't want (and especially one that doesn't offer your major!) just to be with him. You have to follow your dreams and make the career you want a priority. A few years apart so you can go to your dream school and take the classes you need to take so that you can do what you want for the rest of your life is completely worth it. And those few years will go by quicker than you think. It will also let you make lots of friends in college instead of just spending your time with your boyfriend, even if you don't mean to.
As for the GED, it has a stigma because it is associated with dropping out of high school. Colleges (and well-educated people for that matter) favor people who stay in school and continue their education no matter what is going on in their lives. When I was a senior in high school, I wanted to drop out as well and finish through home schooling because of mental problems I was having. However, I found out that would greatly decrease my chances of getting into a university (you can still get into community college). So I ended up sticking through it and graduating with my class. I personally don't think there's anything wrong with getting a GED, so if you feel that's whats best for you then go for it.


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Re: GED Info and Taking On Odd Majors - July 25th 2014, 03:15 PM

Nicole (Pug Princess) is right, it's not the GED in and of itself that the problem, it's the fact that it basically means you didn't finish "normal" high school and most of those people will have dropped out and even when it's for a good reason it sort of tells people that there is probably something "wrong" in your life, and some of those things you can't help (ex. it's not your fault of you get mental health issues) but some you can (ex. teen pregnancy) so you'd constantly be having to defend it, whereas if you just conformed to the system by getting a regular high school diploma they would see you accomplished that, no explanation needed.

As for degrees, don't let your boyfriends existence get in the way of you pursuing the career you want, he shouldn't be the reason you are being held back from your dreams. You guys will make it work if it is meant to be. It's not an easy choice to make, but if this is what you want then you might have no other choice




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Re: GED Info and Taking On Odd Majors - July 26th 2014, 06:44 AM

I see where everyone's coming from when it comes to a GED, but still in this day and age where opinions are starting to change and usually for the better, you'd think that people would realize that as long as you are going past high school, it shouldn't matter what you got there, know what I mean? As for not missing out on my education due to my boyfriend, I had looked into colleges for my odd major a while back and I knew I found something but I wasn't sure if it was just where I could major to become a Forensic Scientist with a different science degree or what. I've since looked into it all again, using schools suggested by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and found I have not only 1 but 2 school options alone in Washington, that both look very nice with the major I have in mind, so there's no sacrifice on either part. I really just needed to do more research again.


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Re: GED Info and Taking On Odd Majors - July 26th 2014, 06:04 PM

Yes, you would think but today's society is becoming very elitist about degrees. Jobs 20 years ago that could be fulfilled with on the job training or an associates degree requires a bachelors degree now. 20 years ago, diploma nursing programs were very common. Now just a few exist. Six years ago when I was 18 or 19, my friend tried getting a job. A Pizza Hut manager told his mom that he wouldn't hire my friend because all he had was a high school degree and no experience in food service. He pointed out he had people with bachelor degrees attempting to get a job as a delivery driver so why should he hire someone with just a high school diploma.

I for one do not agree with the education inflation.
   
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