High School Drop Out

Yes, high school can be really boring sometimes. And lame. And stress provoking. Unfair. Too hard. Too embarrassing. Humiliating, even. Too much too much.

The temptation to just blow it off entirely probably crosses the minds of more high school students than would be willing to admit it but most students know that the life of a high school drop out is almost guaranteed to be much more difficult later, and for longer, than enduring high school is in the moment.

Every student has the potential to become the exception to the rule, living well and prospering in spite of being a high school drop out. Unfortunately, the exceptions to the rule are few and far between. The adult life of a high school drop out can be very, very hard.

According to Child Trends, a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to research designed to improve children's lives and that of their families by compiling data to aid the decision-making processes that involve the well-being of children, a high school drop out has a greater likelihood of being unemployed than his or her counterpart who stayed in school long enough to graduate.

A life of poverty, including public financial assistance, is more likely to describe the life of a high school drop out rather than a high school graduate. And the high school drop out is probably going to be on public assistance longer than the high school graduate on public assistance.

If poverty and joblessness aren't trouble enough, the high school drop out is also more likely to become involved in criminal activities. Desperate times do sometimes call for desperate measures but there is little or no social tolerance for trading a high school diploma for a life of crime.

Without the acknowledgement that becoming a high school drop out was a big mistake in the first place or as merely a sign of moving on and growing up, a study cited by Child Trends says 63% of all high school drop outs return to the educational system within eight years of quitting high school. Some of them return to school and get their diploma and others enroll and complete the General Educational Development (GED) certification program.

Yes, high school can be really boring sometimes. And lame. And hard and unfair. And humiliating. But spending an entire adulthood as a high school drop out is almost guaranteed to make four short years of high school seem like a day at the beach in retrospect.