I never finished high school

by Kylie on September 24, 2012

I dropped out of school in year 11. I remember it vividly. There were numerous reasons as to why, but the thing that topped it off for me was failing a math test, badly. I got 3 out of 50. I used to be good at math, but this year I was struggling with school.

My math teacher said he needed to see me after class. I went up and he said some things and I responded with “It doesn’t matter, I’m never coming back to school anyway.” And threw my test in the bin on the way out the door.

I didn’t go back to school. That was my last day. It was pat way through the second term and I quit.

Most people are shocked to learn this. It is often assumed I completed a degree or a diploma in finance. I didn’t. I quit school, bummed around, worked for Woolworths as a check out chick, did some work for the government then did an apprenticeship in hairdressing for 4 years.  I finished my apprenticeship early, went straight into managing a new salon then ran my own hairdressing business 6 months later.

I was told I would regret quitting school. I don’t. My life experience has made me who I am today.

I was good at school when I applied myself. I was in advanced classes and got mostly A’s, but if I wasn’t interested, it wasn’t happening.

The reasons I quit school are numerous. I had a hard year the year before with my mother passing away and a few other things happening which I won’t share. This all affected me when I was in school and I couldn’t handle it.

Had I stayed in school, I would have gone to uni and my life would be very different to what it is now.

School is good, but I don’t think it is the be all and end all. It doesn’t suit everyone and I have met plenty of successful people who never finished school. The difference between the successful ones and the ones who flunk out then do nothing with their lives is desire. Successful people have the desire to be successful and the drive, self-motivation and determination to get there.

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