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!