EDUCATION SUCCESS STORY
May 25, 2011
Gibran Harris | Who Would Imagine...
As a child learning was always a little more difficult for Gibran, what took most children one time to learn a lesson it took him several. In elementary he was an okay student but as he progressed on learning became more difficult. Gibran explained though obtaining a tutor or attending summer school for extra help would have benefited him tremendously it was not a option because his parents could not afford it. Eventually he got tired of the whole process and dropped out of High School.
At what level did you stop your education...i.e. withdraw, dropped out and why?
Well my last two years of school I worked and attended class which was very difficult on me so while in class I slept when I should have been learning, but I was too tired to focus. After doing that for two years my alleged last year of school I decided to straighten up but at that point it was to late because I was already a fifth year senior and I refused to go a sixth year even if it was for one semester. So I dropped out my senior year of high school one class short of graduating.
What caused you to return to school and continue your education?
For many reasons but the ones that stick out most in my mind is the lack of opportunity a high school dropout has, also I felt like the odd man out around my friends. While they appeared to be moving forward with their future by attending college I was stagnate. So I returned to school after a six month hyades got my GED and applied to Georgia Military College applied and was accepted to Georgia Southern University.
Did anyone ever try to discourage you? If so, what encouraged you to keep going in spite of ?
Yes but not intentionally, because of my grades my school counselors, family, and friends felt there was noway i would make it so I might as well pursue a trade, enlist with the armed forces, or just get a job. Though they thought they were giving me helpful information their discouragement encouraged and fueled me to keep going.
What was your biggest challenge?
I received no help from my parents, worked full time, attended school full time, while at the same time wanting and trying to balance a social life also I felt like I had to work harder than anyone else because it sometime took me a little longer to get it harder effort
Has life changed since receiving your degree? If so, is education what it's cracked up to be?
I feel a greater sense of achievement, mentally I feel great I no longer feel as if I have to prove myself. You have to realize I had many things I had to conquer I not only obtained my GED I went to a technical College but did not stop there but became a proud graduate of Georgia Southern University
What diplomas, degrees, and/or certificate have you obtained?
GED, Bachelors of Science, Business Management
Do you have any words of encouragement you would like to share with those who are continuing their education?
Don’t stress out stay focused because it's not as long as you think it is for it will be over soon enough so do your best and if you mess up its okay keep going. Also keep in mind education does provide a head start in life but does not determine success.
Who inspire you?
My family, significant other, and people who doubt me.
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