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GED college options

dollyfacedollyface Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
edited October 2013 in Parents Forum
Hi I don't know if I'm posting this in the right area thank you.

African American
3.0 w GPA
2.7 uw GPA

Possible sat/act score:
Sat :2200\2100
Ec: College tech program

Hi i have no choice but to get a ged . I know my gpa is kind of low but it is due living situation at home .

I will also admit that I have poor study skills actually I've never studied a day in my life.
I do well on tests when ever I take then i make above the national average .

I also realize i have very few ec's which I would like to say was due to a lack of funds and living situation mentioned above.

My reason for getting a ged is my living situation which is I move a lot . No I am not a army brat but i have been to over 18 schools and that includes 3 high schools. The reason for moving so much is my mother and a lack of money . I spent most of my life living in peoples houses that are not in the best neighborhoods ,sleeping on floors and just struggling to live . That alone would be hard but as a high school student it made it hard to study sleeping in one room with your siblings an parents. Moving also mean I sometimes missed months of school at a time or leaving after a few months . This caused me to get behind in my studies and miss out on chances for scholarships , EC's , and other opportunities.

I posted hoping that the parents of cc would have any college options thank you.

You can ask any questions as long as it leads to some information because I'm confused.
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Replies to: GED college options

  • compmomcompmom Registered User Posts: 8,205 Senior Member
    Many colleges take GED's, and community colleges all will take them. Once you finish a year, I have heard you automatically can get a high school diploma, but the issue becomes irrelevant at that point, because on job applications etc. you could then check "some college" rather than deal with the "high school graduate" box.

    Your possible test scores are high (how did you calculate these?) and as you know don't match your grades. (Don't take this the wrong way, but did you write your post from a phone? Your post will draw better responses if you write carefully with punctuation etc. that matches your possible test scores. Otherwise people may not believe you are a serious poster.).

    One of my kids got her GED and it hasn't been a problem. If you want a diploma, there are some online schools that will look at what you have done (not just academics, but activities, and also may count GED's as classes) and give you a diploma if it adds up, for a fee of course. But not essential at all.

    But you should be fine with the GED. I think you might want to try community college after stabilizing your situation, if at all possible, and your GPA there will help counteract the high school grades. Good luck. Things can work out.
  • dollyfacedollyface Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Yeah writing from my phone just moved so no internet yet.

    I calculated my test scores based on the fact that i always test well and that's what i think i can achieve. I tried to explain my low GPA but testing i excel at 80 percent of the time.

    I would not rather do the community college route because i want a 4 year college experience. Also I am 98.9 percent sure i want to be a doctor so community college would not really help in that regard.

    I also hope people don't dismiss my post based on punctuation.
  • HImomHImom Registered User Posts: 29,467 Senior Member
    My D got a GED and went to Community college. She was able to transfer into the only U she wanted and applied to. It is a very competitive private U that rejected many if the top students from her private HS. The U didn't seem to hold her GED against her. She scored 4000 out if a possible 4000 on the GED, which also helped.

    Good luck! Once you get your GED, you could apply for CC or a 4-year U, depending on finances and other resources.
  • dollyfacedollyface Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Thank you I am holding on to the community college option but i was hoping there we're 4 year colleges that would accept me.
  • HImomHImom Registered User Posts: 29,467 Senior Member
    For our D, she didn't find out until late July (shortly after she took the GED) that she had passed and could show proof so she could start post HS education. She wasn't interested in taking a gap year and at that time of year, starting CC was one option she was sure was open to her. She didn't apply to the flagship U, and I think it may have been past their application deadline for the fall term.

    It turned out that by attending 3 terms of CC while living at home, she was able to boost her grades and get a great, very inexpensive education, nearly all her credits transferred.

    As a practical matter, you and your mom need to figure out finances, including how much can be afforded and where you'll live. If finances still are low, community colleges CAN be a very low cost option that should be seriously considered.
  • minimini Registered User Posts: 26,431 Senior Member
    My kids were homeschooled. None of the colleges they applied to - not one, public or private - required a high school diploma or a GED.

    There are several colleges - Smith comes to mind - that award scholarships to students coming out of community colleges with good records.

    How will your senior year look? Any GPA upswing? Is there anyone who could write to a college about your condition? Yours is clearly unusual, but can be explained. What do you want to study?
  • dollyfacedollyface Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    I want to major in biology and eventually go to medical school. I have no problem with community colleges but i would also like to know what 4 year college options i have If any. I also know almost all colleges take GED applicants but i never hear of anyone other than home schooled kids going straight to a 4 year university.
  • dollyfacedollyface Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Also thank you for anyone who shared their stories and the wishes of good luck .
  • HannaHanna Registered User Posts: 14,194 Senior Member
    There's one good (and cheap) way to estimate your test scores: take a published, real test under timed conditions. You can probably get a copy of an ACT or SAT from your public library, so you may not even need to pay $25 for the book. This will take about four hours of your time. Do it right away -- this weekend -- and then you will know what your 4-year options are likely to be. Without this, your guesses are meaningless.
  • lookingforwardlookingforward Registered User Posts: 24,516 Senior Member
    poor study skills...actually I've never studied a day in my life...not rather do the community college route... i want a 4 year college experience...want to be a doctor

    What you need to do is take a look at how to prove yourself. While there are non-cc options that will take you with a B average, the challenge is finding one that will fund you to the extent you need. And, one that is worth the time investment.

    And so, the value in cc is the chance to prove your college-level readiness, work out any kinks in those study habits and do so at reasonable cost. You can do cc, still have med school in your sights. But, it requires work and success. Good luck.
  • Erin's DadErin's Dad Super Moderator Posts: 34,338 Super Moderator
    Poor study skills =/= med school.
  • DeskPotatoDeskPotato Registered User Posts: 1,329 Senior Member
    I think people are trying to tell you that you will have more and better options if you spend a year at community college first.

    Some four year colleges won't even require you to submit a high school transcript if you have 30 hours of community college credit. You are, realistically, going to be pretty limited in college choices if you have a very lackluster transcript and no teachers who can vouch enthusiastically for you in letters of recommendation. Coming out of CC, with strong grades (assuming you earn them) will put you in a much better position. In fact, your local CC may have a guaranteed admission program with various 4-year schools for people who earn the AA degree and meet GPA requirements. I know ours does.

    Also, you can get some general education courses out of the way, which even pre-meds need to take. So the courses you take there would not be for naught.
  • happymomof1happymomof1 Registered User Posts: 25,321 Senior Member
    To be totally realistic, until you get your family situation sorted out, success at even a community college will be iffy. You need a stable place to live, and steady money to live on. Clearly you are very loyal to your mother, or you would have gone to social services about your living situation already - frankly, your schools should have done that for you. If you are in high school now, or close enough to a high school to actually enroll, go sit down with the guidance staff and get some help with access to social services. Perhaps the best thing would be to be placed into a court-ordered guardianship (if this can be done before you turn 18, you will be independent for financial aid purposes when you apply to college), so that you can have stability for at least one year of regular high school.

    Wishing you all the best.
  • ConsolationConsolation Registered User Posts: 21,617 Senior Member
    1) Don't speculate. Take a sample test under timed conditions. The scores you cite are a lot more than "above average."
    2) Look into Questbridge immediately.
  • bopperbopper Registered User Posts: 8,046 Senior Member
    Yes, look into Questbridge (QuestBridge Home). It is tailor made for people like you.

    If you have a stable living situation, then 2 years at your local CC and then 2 years at your state school would be great.

    Also, try making an appt with admissions officers at your local State U and see if they have any programs for you.

    Do you have any link to a local high school? Like are you living near the one you last attended? Maybe you can talk to a guidance counselor for more advice.
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