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  1. 7 I am 28 years old and I have 3 children. I dropped out of high school in grade 10. I was walking home after school when a group of grade 11's surrounded me and one tried to stab me with a knife. I got a away and ran straight home. I have never told anyone this story. I used to wake up every morning and pretend to go to school. I was scared and ashamed at the same time. I went a year without my parents knowing I dropped out of school. When I turned 18 I lied about being in school to get a TPT job at Chrysler's which paid $32/hr. I did that for 8 years.

    I was finally audited at Chrysler's and was immediately released. I was now 25 with no education, with kids and no job. I thought to myself how did I screw up so bad. Why did I not say anything to anyone about the knife incident. I let a group of kids bully me into dropping out of school. How could I ever tell my children to stay in school and stand up against bullies when I was afraid. I decided I needed to do something. I went to the nearest college and asked "what can I do to get into the nursing program?". I was told there was no way I would be accepted without a high school diploma or GED. I was told to enroll in pre-health as a mature student and maybe I would be accepted in practical nursing or some other health related program. I obtained a 4.0 in pre-health, applied to the BScN program and was accepted. Today I found out I passed first year with a 3.8 GPA!
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    About Jacobyo

    Jacobyo has '3' year(s) of experience. From 'Chatham, ON, CA'; Joined Mar '12; Posts: 4; Likes: 7.

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  4. Visit  ames86} profile page
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    I also dropped out of high school but not for the same reasons. That must have been terrifying. I realized when I was 18 that I had made a stupid decision and went and got my high school diploma. I am now halfway through my ADN program. One bad decision won't control my life. One day I know I will have to explain my decisions to my children but they will also know the struggle it was to fix my mistake. They are watching me go through. Good luck to you.
  5. Visit  mjo07} profile page
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    I dropped out of high school my senior year, got my ged, and worked two-jobs until i had a child. a year later i signed up for a local community college and now, 2 years later, will be begin nursing school in the fall. I will graduate with my bsn in 2 years. It is possible to come back from life's mistakes, especially with children, we want to give them great examples. Good job!!
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  6. Visit  anie10} profile page
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    Congratulations!

    Your gpa is awesome!!! Thanks for sharing such an inspiring story, I applied for an ADN program in March and will find out any day now.

    This thread just gave me LIFE!
  7. Visit  JaRoJoCT} profile page
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    Congrats, Jacobyo! That is a very inspiring story. You should be very proud of what you have accomplished, and you make me feel that if you can do it, with all that you faced, then I can. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story, and best of luck in the future!
  8. Visit  Baubo516} profile page
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    Congratulations on finishing your first year, and with such awesome grades! I cannot imagine going through what you went through at such a young age. I admire your strength to overcome such a horrific experience, and your courage to share your story with us!

    Kudos to you and good luck on your continued journey!!
  9. Visit  FutureAspirations} profile page
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    Congratulations, Jacobyo! You're doing fantastic! Sometimes, these little bumps in life cultivate the drive and tenacity to continue hard work and dedication!
  10. Visit  SilverOwl} profile page
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    Quote from Jacobyo
    I am 28 years old and I have 3 children. I dropped out of high school in grade 10. I was walking home after school when a group of grade 11's surrounded me and one tried to stab me with a knife. I got a away and ran straight home. I have never told anyone this story. I used to wake up every morning and pretend to go to school. I was scared and ashamed at the same time. I went a year without my parents knowing I dropped out of school. When I turned 18 I lied about being in school to get a TPT job at Chrysler's which paid $32/hr. I did that for 8 years.

    I was finally audited at Chrysler's and was immediately released. I was now 25 with no education, with kids and no job. I thought to myself how did I screw up so bad. Why did I not say anything to anyone about the knife incident. I let a group of kids bully me into dropping out of school. How could I ever tell my children to stay in school and stand up against bullies when I was afraid. I decided I needed to do something. I went to the nearest college and asked "what can I do to get into the nursing program?". I was told there was no way I would be accepted without a high school diploma or GED. I was told to enroll in pre-health as a mature student and maybe I would be accepted in practical nursing or some other health related program. I obtained a 4.0 in pre-health, applied to the BScN program and was accepted. Today I found out I passed first year with a 3.8 GPA!
    Wow, what a story. You have accomplished a lot! Your life lessons and experiences will make you a really good nurse
  11. Visit  StayHumble11} profile page
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    Wow. 32 bucks an hour at 18 years old? Incredible. You have seen it all and done it all, can't nobody tell you nothing. Keep up the good work!
  12. Visit  eyesopen_mouthshut} profile page
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    I dropped out in 11th grade, I was 17... I went straight on to get my GED, and now, at 22, I have an AA degree and I'm starting the ADN program in July. We can't let the insecurities of our past control the power of our future! Keep up the great work OP!
    anie10 likes this.
  13. Visit  Nurse2b7337} profile page
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    What an awesome thread; you GO girl!!!!
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  14. Visit  nekozuki} profile page
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    You go, girl!

    I dropped out of school at 15, and because I was in an honors program doing college courses, when I finally got my GED and went back to college 13 years later, I had two WF grades that had to be made up before anything.

    I've had instructors tell me over and over again how older students who dropped out/screwed up early on in life are the best students. Not just that, but while I never worked in the healthcare field before nursing school, I did wonderfully at clinicals thanks to time management and communication skills developed during years in the hospitality industry (waitress and nurse are not that far apart, actually!)

    I made it into the honors program in college now, and I'm earning two degrees. I've even learned to stop being embarrassed by my past, which is the best part of all.

    Grats, OP. Redemption tastes sweet.
  15. Visit  NurseS2014} profile page
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    AMAZING!! nothing can stop a believer!!


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