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Student Spotlight - Mark

Posted by Mark on Jul 6, 2020 6:05:29 PM

About Mark:

My name is Mark. I enjoy sports; I’m all Philly all the time. I also play sports and live a fitness lifestyle (like diet and exercise). I believe climate change is real, and this planet is in a lot of trouble. I love animals; cats are my favorite, but dogs are cool too. One day I will own a big cat like a bobcat, puma, etc. From 2016 to 2018, I lived in Colorado Springs. It was exactly what I needed at the time. I had a good time out there, but unfortunately, I became homesick and moved back to spend quality time with my sick mother.

Mark’s Background: What Brought Him to Look for an HSE Class

I had a rough childhood with behavioral issues, which doomed my schooling years. I dropped out in 11th grade but was still taking 9th and 10th-grade classes. As I look back to those years, it’s hard to believe that one can make so many poor choices and mistakes, and still have opportunities to make it right some years later. 

I became interested in getting my GED primarily to stay relevant in the workforce. Now I have discovered that it’s so much more than that. The way I feel about myself has changed. I have the confidence to stand and face the things that scare me; this is so much better than the fear that has had me running for years. 

How IU13 Community Education Classes at CareerLink Helped

The whole staff is wonderful, and the way they create a positive learning environment is nothing short of brilliant. This atmosphere of positivity, Brad, and Michelle’s tireless dedication to teach, and my willingness to learn are how we all achieve our goals.

Mark’s Next Steps 

I plan to take on a plumbing apprenticeship through Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Keystone. This opportunity was introduced to me by IU13/CareerLink via a field trip to the site (at no cost to me). I will also pursue a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) to drive buses (courtesy of CareerLink). The bus driving career is what I plan to do in my golden years.

Advice for Future and Perspective Students

Brad says this all the time: “Never be afraid of failing because failing is learning.” I feel that. Also…anything is possible as long as you don’t give up. As people, we often put unfair time limits on things: this can lead to stress, which can lead to failure, and in turn, can lead to quitting. 

Update: As of this writing, Mark only has one exam left, the Science GED exam. 

Topics: Adult Education, HSE | GED | HiSET, Success Story