I'm 23 And I'm Still In High School

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  • Published on May 10, 2019
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    Hey! I’m Adam, I’m 23 years old, and I’m still trying to finish high school.
    My family has always been caring and loving, but we barely made enough money for a comfortable living. My Dad worked several jobs just to keep us afloat, and my Mom worked a lot too. I didn't even have time to think about my grades or school.
    I decided to find some unofficial work. I still went to school, and afterward I would work small jobs like loading crates or helping my mom with her janitorial work. I tried a lot of different jobs during this time, all the while my teachers would get angry at me for being far behind with my grades and assignments. So I decided to not bother them anymore and to just drop out school.
    I had enough money to help my family and even had a little left over for myself. As soon as I turned 18, I found a job at a metal factory, and since I already had two years of work experience under my belt, I learned the job fast. I worked hard and didn’t talk much. A perfect worker.
    Soon I got so useful that my boss let me browse through my phone while there was nothing to do. It was a big privilege. During my free time I would hang out with my friends, many of whom were musicians, so at a lot of concerts, and well, bars. My only passion was soccer, I would watch every game and championship very closely, and that was my escape from my life's troubles.
    Sadly, my Father passed away. We were at the hospital, me, my mom, and my siblings, we were all crying and trying to make sense of everything. I promised to bring in as much money as I could, but my mom suddenly stopped me and said, “Adam, don’t ruin your life, this is not what your Father would have wanted for you. Go back to school, I'm begging you!’.
    I… didn’t want to, but I realized that my Mom was right. So I returned to school, reducing my hours at the factory, instead of quitting altogether.
    My first day at school was... weird. The teacher introduced me in front of the entire class, and everyone was just staring at me like I was an alien. She asked me to tell everyone a little bit about myself, and I said “hi…I’m Adam and I’m old.” Some people giggled, but most of them were still just staring, weirded out.
    During my first few days, nobody would talk to me, and I was okay with that, I would just stare out the window during breaks.
    One day, a group of guys and girls came up to me and started asking me why I was going to school at my age. I answered with cheesy jokes, like “Oh, I just forgot about school one day and then was like oh yeah, school, I should go there.” People giggled, and started asking me a lot questions about my jobs and stuff. I guess I got kinda popular.
    TOO popular. One girl in particular liked me and tried to sit with me during any subject we had together or in the cafeteria. She was asking a lot about me and I answered with my usual cheesy jokes, and she'd laugh way too hard at them.
    I didn’t want any problems, so I tried to sit away from her and limit our chats without hurting her feelings. But every time I sat away, she would find me and sit right next to me, like a Yo-Yo.
    Work sent me a little curveball too. At my usual late shift my boss came to me, patted me on my shoulder and said, “Adam, how about a raise?” I said, “Yeah, that would be nice!” and he told me how much I could earn, and then he ended with, “...of course you'd have to return to work full time.” I said I couldn’t do that because I had school. His smile immediately changed to a frown. “Okay, then you can’t use your phone during your shifts anymore”. Uh-oh.
    My grades at school weren’t great, because I had to balance it with work. So I was failing everywhere - at school and at my work. I was waking up, going to school, then to work right afterward and I only slept for like 3-5 hours every day, even on the weekends. I couldn’t pay attention in school or at work.
    Teachers were understanding of my situation, but they also noticed how much this girl was clinging to me and they were suspiciously looking at us every time we sat together. Also, every time I saw my boss at work, he would say something like, “you’re getting slower, Adam… you should be grateful that I’m still letting you work here.”
    After the hundredth time of him saying something like that, I stood up and said, “Okay, bye then.” As I was walking away, he followed me and was saying “come on, Adam, you know you won’t find anything better, you should be grateful for what you have…” at this point I snapped and shouted at him with…and not with very nice words.
    But his words stuck with me, like how he said, “You know you won’t find anything better.” I took it too close to heart and stopped going to school too.

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Comments • 5 669

  • ACTUALLY HAPPENED
    ACTUALLY HAPPENED  5 months ago +3086

    Share this story with anyone who's ever given up on themselves or thinks there's no solution - nobody should ever give up!

    • Judith
      Judith 22 days ago

      'nobody should ever give up'? I do not think that is riht, but for sure, the video was fantastic and inspirinin

    • Henry Pott
      Henry Pott 24 days ago

      I am 13 and I in to 6th grade

    • Alexander Stanley Pearce
      Alexander Stanley Pearce Month ago

      Tbh Iv wound up a situation where iv come close to giving up even now i feel like I'm failing and feel like giving up but this story has helped me quite a bit if this can can do well even with how hard things are then I can to

    • Skeleton 1212
      Skeleton 1212 2 months ago

      @liam OMG I do

    • liam OMG
      liam OMG 2 months ago +1

      Does anyone wonder if these stories actually happened

  • ALLeRz
    ALLeRz 22 hours ago

    Something actually happened
    *ACTUALLY HAPPEND*

  • Bibek Shrestha
    Bibek Shrestha Day ago

    I am 22 and I restarted my high school in nursing this year 🙂

  • Rolen
    Rolen 6 days ago

    😭😭😭😭😭😭

  • Neptune Sisters
    Neptune Sisters 7 days ago

    This story learn me allot

  • Black Jesus
    Black Jesus 8 days ago +1

    *FBI OPEN UP*

  • Rebecca Cho
    Rebecca Cho 8 days ago

    My teacher this year is 23 .-.

  • sherblow up
    sherblow up 8 days ago

    I look like 14 but I am actually 9 and I am almost 10 I am turning 10 in october 29 and I am 5'3 I am a tall person

  • Jaymoneybagz
    Jaymoneybagz 8 days ago

    Why didn’t you just get a GED?

  • Mireya Montoya
    Mireya Montoya 9 days ago

    Me:
    Age:9
    Looks:12
    sounds:14
    Petty:100%
    Nice:10%
    Cool:0%
    Mean:90%

  • Carlos J. Carreras
    Carlos J. Carreras 9 days ago

    Just get a GED

  • Storymation Nation
    Storymation Nation 10 days ago +1

    You are not legally eligible to attend a high school with other students after 21 in the US.

  • awwalyeah
    awwalyeah 10 days ago +1

    I met someone at a soccer camp named Cameron and he's voice sounded exactly like this.

  • Sopuli
    Sopuli 10 days ago

    That was interesting.. Well is that actually happened..

  • legendary trainer Angel
    legendary trainer Angel 10 days ago +2

    Bruh I wish I had a girl that liked me but I understand why he tryed to leave the girl alone good job

  • margarita budinaite
    margarita budinaite 10 days ago

    I like your animation.

  • Ryuuske Suke
    Ryuuske Suke 11 days ago

    Goodjob man!

  • SF GamingBros
    SF GamingBros 11 days ago

    Sad

  • Joohee Kim
    Joohee Kim 11 days ago

    *Me: You better go to Standford*
    *Him: In high school*

  • Duke Enix Gumban
    Duke Enix Gumban 12 days ago

    Lol lol

  • Seraa G
    Seraa G 14 days ago

    Wow thank you, it's helpful really

  • adamd664
    adamd664 14 days ago

    My name is Adam and i am stupidly dumb and can’t do anything i try studying and fail i have no future for my self i am going to kill my self at 21 because i have no future



    And its actually going to happen

  • Mike O'leary
    Mike O'leary 15 days ago

    Bruh i need to go back i did penn foster and i never got my s in so no diploma

  • I want to Sleep
    I want to Sleep 16 days ago

    Me:13
    Looks:15
    Sounds :8
    Acts:5

  • Damian Wessels
    Damian Wessels 16 days ago

    Im 12 and in high school

  • Washington Mothapo
    Washington Mothapo 18 days ago +1

    I want to start medical school at 25 is this a bad idea or is this a good idea?

  • Fezeka Zulu
    Fezeka Zulu 21 day ago +1

    😭😭😭😭

  • master bg2
    master bg2 22 days ago +2

    Age:14
    Looks:17
    Sounds:11
    Acts:2

  • toshinka23 not- toshinka23

    this storys help me more thank you

  • Mst Yasmen
    Mst Yasmen 23 days ago

    You should see my mom she’s 44 and still In college

  • Cust Cust
    Cust Cust 24 days ago +1

    Wait what happened to the weird girl???

  • Denise Clare
    Denise Clare 25 days ago

    My classmate is in 5ft grade but she is 15 years old it's true

  • Xxbulls-IxXツ
    Xxbulls-IxXツ 26 days ago

    me: has time to sleep
    also me: sleeps two hours sleeping and blames it all on homework while i was watching this video at 2am

  • Traddarker
    Traddarker 27 days ago

    I've had nightmares about being back at school but my actual age

  • johnksls official
    johnksls official 27 days ago

    My cousin is in 8th grader and he has a classmate assmate from Syria and she is 19

  • Baby Sun
    Baby Sun 27 days ago

    Me;
    Age:13
    Looks:8
    Sounds:6
    Acts:16??

  • dttfmeah ibydkhtrah
    dttfmeah ibydkhtrah 27 days ago

    at least he have friends

  • Anjdli Nguyen
    Anjdli Nguyen 28 days ago

    I'm 25 and still in college

  • ZaNe Trap
    ZaNe Trap 29 days ago +1

    6ix9ine: yeah he’s actually 23

  • Shedd 99
    Shedd 99 Month ago

    I wish i come back to school again:(

  • Victor U
    Victor U Month ago

    Most people think that finishing school first guarantees life time success

  • Science Girl
    Science Girl Month ago

    I am going to change the comment I made so the replies do not make sense

  • Paradise 18
    Paradise 18 Month ago

    This makes me feel a lot better about being a late graduate even though I’m still disappointed.

  • M&M WORLD
    M&M WORLD Month ago

    Wouldn’t he just get his GED?🧐

  • Tiramisu Desu
    Tiramisu Desu Month ago

    You didn't quit your work. You quit your manager. He sucked. :/ i'm glad that the faculty in your school actually have brains and most importantly, a heart. :)

  • Lucia D'Angelo
    Lucia D'Angelo Month ago

    I hope you succeed in fulfilling your dream, you deserve it!

  • 《Keter Kuevas》 Botello

    I'm not 20 yet but I am going to be during highschool when I graduate.

  • Julian Elliott
    Julian Elliott Month ago

    Yeah I agree you shouldn't give up on your life

  • RickySZN
    RickySZN Month ago

    He then grew up and became bill gates

  • Timmy Stitch
    Timmy Stitch Month ago

    How did you get in school at the age of 23? Normal 21 is the cut off in the US I just know this because I’m special needs and I know that for a fact

  • Shihab Abdulrab
    Shihab Abdulrab Month ago

    I’m tryna write a 3 page essay that’s due in the morning and idk how I got here

  • Jordan Surgick
    Jordan Surgick Month ago

    +/

  • unbekannt unbekannt

    ya never to old to graduate!

  • Speed Demon
    Speed Demon Month ago

    There r actually people like this

  • y a n n a h
    y a n n a h Month ago

    hi, I'm yannah
    in freshman year I had a mental break , I went to hospitals and didn't come home for about a month and a half. I missed all the important test , and I was already missing many days . (because you know how mental disorders are some time you just can't leave). and with that .... they failed my second semester. ..

  • pydro
    pydro Month ago

    N0000000000000000000000000000000B

  • Grecia Sandrea
    Grecia Sandrea Month ago

    Why not a ged

  • Clxxdy Days
    Clxxdy Days Month ago

    Is it just me or does his brown haired friend look like Kevin from Riverdale....

  • Linkopodis The2nd
    Linkopodis The2nd Month ago

    My moms 31 and didn’t have her degree

  • Daniel Okuji
    Daniel Okuji Month ago +1

    How r u 23 yrs old and u r STILL in high school?!!!😖😂