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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. 

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

Damarise Rodriguez 2020 Success Story

Posted by Damarise Rodriguez on Mar 27, 2020 12:07:13 PM

About Damarise:

I am a mother, grandmother, wife, sister, worship leader, and student with four kids (two over the age of 18 and two under 12). I have been happily married for five years. Both my husband and I attend church very regularly (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday). My son is in basketball and trains quite often (every Saturday). Both my son and daughter play basketball, and we attend every Saturday. I mention all this because I am a busy wife, mom, grand-mom, sister, and friend.

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