GED vs High School Diploma

Fellow geek Steven Johnson is in a bit of a quandary:

I’ve learned from many experiences that I am just not a morning person. It is nearly impossible for me to wake up earlier then 8am every morning. I attend High School at Nutley High in New Jersey. I tend to be an overall good student with my “actions” but, my grades, not so much. Ever since I entered high school two years ago as a Freshman, I have been failing classes left and right. Not because I’m stupid, it’s because I’m solemnly a lazy person. I’m now a Junior and my future seems dull. I look back and think, “Why did I do that? I’m so stupid!” Now, I’m still failing classes and see two options. I can either go to summer school for the next to years to make up the classes I’ve failed and work my butt off next year as a senior, OR, I can drop out and get my GED. Although a GED doesn’t sound as great as a High School Diploma, it’s just as great and it seems to be my best option right now.

I plan to drop out and get my GED and attend a Computer College right here in my town. I would go for computer programing and computer science. Not 100% sure on what to do with computers, but I see that as my future. I take a lot of pride in my computer.

Now, I’m coming out to you guys for help on what to do! Do you think I should struggle through summer school for the next to summers or drop out and get my GED? I’ve been through summer school three summers already and really don’t want to do that! What do you think I should be doing.

I’ve never been much of a morning person, either… but I’m glad I finished high school (and college) in the traditional sense. That path is not practical for everyone, but if you can control your destiny then it’s best NOT to take the easy way out. After all, what would stop you from quitting again when the going got rough long after school was out? Food for thought.

I say stick it out. But, if nothing else, then at least you’d plan on getting a GED.