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[Mar. 15th, 2005|01:46 am]
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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. :)

[User Picture]From: kiddokight
2005-03-16 10:57 pm (UTC)
Welcome! NY school system sucks. I was in public school for 8.5 years and got so fed up with having to "dumb-down" to the rest of my class, and lower my standards. I got sick of not doing my work, sleeping in class, and never studing for tests and getting straight As, while my peers struggled along with Ds and Cs. So I left. I was homeschooled for a year and a half, and now I'm in a private school which is slightly more challenging, but I do hang out with older people alot too. Mostly because I've always been in classes with older people. And good luck on your GED! My boyfriend was going to get his, but luckily he didnt get kicked out of school, and doesnt need to take it YET! Hope the college thing goes well!
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[User Picture]From: birdygopoopy
2005-03-17 02:31 am (UTC)
Haha, yeah, I remembr those days.
Elementary and middle school were just like that, and I went to one of the science schools when I started high school, so things got a bit better education wise. Then, everything else happened.
I wanted to go to private school, but the ones I checked out seemed so lame. Everyone was white (I'm not) and rich (I'm not) and had been there since kindergarten.
So, I just took the test.
Hope everything goes well for you and your boyfriend!
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[User Picture]From: kiddokight
2005-03-17 07:38 pm (UTC)
Private school is lame. I'm white, but not rich. And its a stretch to send me to go to school there, but I guess its worth it! Hope the test went well, and you passed! My boyfriend (I should stop calling him that- I broke up with him two weeks ago) so.... my exboyfriend shouldnt have to take the test if he can get off his lazy ass and do his work and not get stoned all the time..... but if he does, I still hope the best for him!
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[User Picture]From: xcriteria
2005-04-06 05:13 pm (UTC)
After a lot of trouble in school I got my GED and started college when I was 17. That didn't end up meeting my needs very well either (although it was way better than earlier school), but I did end up finding a great job when I was 18 and that was the best overall experience of my life. It's been a while since things have gone so well, but I have a lot of ideas I'm trying to work out, especially in the area of learning technology.

I also had a lot of frustration about school, but getting out of high school was great. I love learning but I really wasn't learning much in school. I think people could be far better prepared for life than they usually are in existing educational systems.

Good luck with everything, and remember you can retake the GED if necessary, or take practice tests ahead of time if you aren't sure how you'll do.
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From: dankoifman
2006-01-22 09:31 pm (UTC)

Bank of America Youth Entrepreneur Awards

The NYC Bank of America Youth Entrepreneurs are accepting applications.

www.citizensnyc.org for more info.

You can win $2,500 in cash prizes and all applicants get a full scholarship to goto NYU's Stern School of Business Youth Entrepreneur Summer Camp.

e-mail me dkoifman@citizensnyc.org
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