Here's what to do:
First off, this is completely anonymous (names are not necessary). However, I would like to know your age, gender, and ethnicity.
23, Female, White/Australian
1) What grade did you drop out of high school? End of the first semester of Year 11 (second last year of Australian High School, I was 15).
2) Why did you drop out? I changed schools midway through the first semester. My parents made me change as I was travelling too far for school and they 'couldn't keep an eye on me'. This meant I had no choice but to change most of my senior school subjects as my new school didn't offer (or couldn't fit me in) to the subjects I had taken for my OP (that's or end of high school cert that gives us a score to get in to university). I therefore had to start new subjects, which I had missed a term of and couldn't catch up... and was failing. So I gave up with the intention to return the next year and start again. Which, I didn't do. Out of rebellion because it pissed off my parents that I wouldn't go back to school
3) Are/did you plan(ing) on getting a GED? It isn't a GED in Australia, its called different things depending on the state, but basically its a high school certificate to say you've completed high school basically. I have always had intentions of getting it... I even started a bridging course to uni, that would give my high school cert.. but that fell through when other family stuff came up... I occassionally talk about doing it... but I don't think I will. I have enough workplace qualifications now that a high school cert would essentially be null and void anyway.
4) Do you regret dropping out at all? If so/not, why? I regret missing some of the experiences that come with high school. I was so jealous I missed my formal (prom), but then my boyfriend at the time took me to his anyway, so I at least got to experience one :) That was nice! And for a few years there I regretted missing out on the education... but I'm at a point in my life now that I can get in to uni on mature age entry, or that I can take courses based on workplace learning... so whilst I regretted it for a while, I'm past that now. I wouldn't ever recommend it though
5) How did dropping out of high school change your life? It made me grow up - real fast. I had to give up a lot of things because full time work is so much more time consuming than school is. But it did make me work harder for things... I had to prove to employers that I was worth it... I might not have finished high school but I could still be a valued employee. I have worked a few jobs now, some shit and some not so shit... but I've always aimed to excel in my employment and that has paid off... they no longer look at my resume and say "Oh you didn't finish school"... but look at my work experience and skills instead. And now I work in government. So I think I've done ok, considering!