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I, Stormy Lachowicz, have been working toward my GED for close to seven months now. I finally passed my GED test Dec. 6, 2012, and couldn't be more proud of myself.
I could have graduated high school if I hadn't gotten married at the age of 17. After I got married, I moved to Taylor County School District. With me attending Campbellsville High School, my husband wouldn't take me back and forth to school every day.
Three years of being married and having two children, I couldn't do it anymore, so I left and am currently working on getting a divorce.
I enrolled at Taylor County Adult Learning Center in June 2012. I have taken the GED test several times, and finally passed Dec. 6. It takes a lot of determination for yourself, along with support and encouragement from friends and family.
My motivation for getting my GED is my two beautiful children. I know that I am the only one who is going to support and take care of them. I had to do something to further my education to get a job and not have to live off K-TAP anymore.
Government assistance is good, but when I know I'm more than capable of getting a job and working to support myself and my children, that makes me feel so much better about myself.
There were so many times during this process that I said and thought that I couldn't do it, and I was just going to give up on it, that it wasn't worth all the stress and time I was putting into it.
But trust me, when you take the official GED test and pass, it's most definitely worth it.
When I finally passed the GED test, I was overwhelmed with excitement because I finally did it after several attempts. Achieving my GED is something that I can say I did on my own, and no one can take it from me.
I really encourage anyone who doesn't have a high school diploma or GED to start working on it. You will most definitely feel a lot better about yourself.
It's a great thing to achieve something on your own without someone being able to take it from you.
I would like to thank all the staff members at TCALC for all the encouragement and support they have given me over the past several months.
And I would also like to thank everyone else who has offered support and encouragement that I can do better in my life for myself and my kids.
• Taylor County Adult Learning Center provides free GED and other testing services. For more information, call 465-7736.