||[Mar. 15th, 2005|01:46 am]
Hey, everyone. I just joined. I'm 16 and living in NYC.|
Long story short, I got sick (diagnosed with a whole bunch of mental disorders), and was out of school for a while. To catch up I got put into a home instruction program (not the same as homeschooling), where I would meet my teachers at the library for 2 hours a day. The program was an underfunded failure and I ended up falling behind rather than catching up. They would only allow me to take 2 classes a semester, while the norm is 8 or 9. I was in this program, falling further and further behind, for about 2 years. NY State law's age requirement for the GED is 19, but there's a exception that says if you're 16 and have been accepted to an accredited college or university and the only requirement you need to actually go is a GED, you can take the damn test. So I got into a couple of schools out in California, and now I'm about to take the exam. Provided I pass I'll be able to leave home and move across the country to be on my own at 16.
For a while I was really angry about everything, about how the state education system screwed me over and completely ignored my complaints and requests for help, but now I see it as a blessing. In the time that I've been out of school, I've been able to do so many things that most people my age aren't able to. I've had to grow up a lot faster than most other folks - not that I consider myself "grown" in any way. But because of this, I don't really know or get along with many people my own age... Most of my friends are slightly to significantly older. None of us really fit into society's standard of "normal" or "acceptable", even. Just surviving, and taking life as it comes - or trying to. My socially skills are getting worse and worse - I've becoming a shell of a person, practically afraid to talk to people lately.
I'm vegan (bordering on freegan), extremely politically active, a natural wander - I'm not going to settle for a really long time. I work part time at a coffee shop, freelance in web/graphic design and photography, intern one day in graphics at a record label, and two days in video engineering at a place that helps inner city kids use film and make documentaries. Volunteer for a crapload of organizations and direct action groups.
So, yeah... Hi. :)