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

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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 • 5 469

  • ACTUALLY HAPPENED
    ACTUALLY HAPPENED  2 months ago +2962

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

  • 427IndigenousSkies
    427IndigenousSkies 2 hours ago

    Awww, yay! I'm glad he found what he wants to do!

  • chevon1920
    chevon1920 18 hours ago +1

    I'm so confused as to why he couldn't just get a GED or go to night school, who goes back to literal high school at 23, 🤔

  • Gacha Gamer Sara
    Gacha Gamer Sara 20 hours ago

    Waaaaa eyes ahhh

  • Gacha Gamer Sara
    Gacha Gamer Sara 20 hours ago +1

    My Dog Knew How to Talk!!!!



    *ACTUALLY HAPPENED*

  • Gacha Gamer Sara
    Gacha Gamer Sara 20 hours ago +1

    I'm Sad cause My moms My aunt



    *ACTUALLY HAPPENED*

  • Amelia Badger
    Amelia Badger Day ago

    His friend tho 🥵

  • posted
    posted Day ago

    Isn't that illegal I thought they force you out of school once you turn 21

  • Jeicto24
    Jeicto24 Day ago

    Wouldn't be easier to get a GED??!! 🙄😒

  • Dino velvet
    Dino velvet Day ago

    HELL YEAH I FUCKING DROOED OUT TO. BEST OF DECISION I EVER MADE IN MY LIFE!!!!!!!!

  • Shrimy_O
    Shrimy_O Day ago

    iM 23 aNd Im StIlL iN ScHoOl
    Me:You don’t sound w3

  • Titøalper :v
    Titøalper :v Day ago

    Me:
    Age: 13
    Looks: 10
    Sounds: 4
    Acts: 10

  • Eric Sanders
    Eric Sanders 2 days ago

    That is a rather good message

  • Shantelle Grateneau
    Shantelle Grateneau 2 days ago

    Do I hear a Scottish accent?

  • Zeal spunky
    Zeal spunky 2 days ago

    Feeling really down and then i come across this vid...don’t give up!

  • First Name
    First Name 2 days ago

    I existed

    ACTUALLY HAPPENED

  • Clapping Cheeks
    Clapping Cheeks 2 days ago +1

    Sounds like Timmy Turner

  • Lord Revan
    Lord Revan 2 days ago

    Im 122 and was just fertilized

  • GGF871
    GGF871 2 days ago +1

    No no no no NOOOO! THIS CANT EXIST!

  • Srihararaj Rasakumaran

    Im 4 years old at highschool im joking

  • jiji was here
    jiji was here 3 days ago

    In my town they kick you out at 20

  • Michael William
    Michael William 3 days ago

    I thought that you get kicked out of school once you turn 21

  • Leo Goldwater
    Leo Goldwater 3 days ago +1

    Me

    Age: 9
    Looks:10
    Sounds: 10
    Acts: 11

  • Mel Marie
    Mel Marie 3 days ago

    After the blip he came back 23 👀

  • Breson Laneab
    Breson Laneab 3 days ago

    18 i thot that ur 23

  • Beata Sikorska
    Beata Sikorska 3 days ago

    Who else thinks this is Adam from ThenewAdam99 ?xD
    I do :33

  • Miriam Avila
    Miriam Avila 4 days ago

    If your parents work so many jobs why are you poor

  • Van nesa
    Van nesa 4 days ago

    You can do it! I know you can

  • Katrina Marie
    Katrina Marie 4 days ago

    im 30 in high school program with only 20 creidts left i know i can make it

  • Indi Indi
    Indi Indi 4 days ago

    Keep going Adam!!!!

  • flyafrican
    flyafrican 5 days ago

    Great story

  • g r a c i e d
    g r a c i e d 5 days ago

    i swear this guy voices like every video

  • tehstormie
    tehstormie 5 days ago +1

    Those comments suck, dudes.
    This guy is doing something great! Yay you!

  • Kai Long
    Kai Long 5 days ago

    I snapped and shouted at him... not very nice words

  • Kai Long
    Kai Long 5 days ago

    Damn must suck this guy pullin in mad bitches but they under age

  • lena13146
    lena13146 5 days ago

    Awwww yay don’t give up baby rooting for you!!!! Finish strong for your dad and for yourself

  • Rikka
    Rikka 6 days ago

    Couldn’t he get a GED or something lmao

  • Nickoles Mott
    Nickoles Mott 6 days ago

    Case

  • IcYwInGs Gt
    IcYwInGs Gt 6 days ago

    Well some people is really old and they still go to school

  • FanGirlNation
    FanGirlNation 6 days ago

    Me
    Age: 16
    Looks: 18
    Acts: 11
    Sounds: 13

  • Odelette Blue
    Odelette Blue 6 days ago

    You are a hero for me

  • Kimbella Bella
    Kimbella Bella 6 days ago

    Adam didn't wanna catch a CASE 😂

  • Catcrafter 136
    Catcrafter 136 7 days ago

    im 200 and im still alive



    ACTUALLY HAPPEND NO SCAM

  • The Noisy Spectator
    The Noisy Spectator 7 days ago

    I'll say it again;
    This should be called "I'm 23 And I'm *back* In High School" .
    "Still" means you never left.

  • cloe b
    cloe b 8 days ago

    that's me. the girl who laughs too hard at her crushes jokes.

  • Kathrine Ailao
    Kathrine Ailao 8 days ago

    Billy madison

  • Areesh 500
    Areesh 500 8 days ago

    It's not soccer you dumbass
    It's football

  • Brianna Rohn
    Brianna Rohn 9 days ago

    I've never heard of a school that allowed adults to mix with minors. He most likely was getting his GED

  • Morgan Gick
    Morgan Gick 9 days ago

    Me.
    Is: 12
    Acts: 18
    Looks: 8

  • Morgan Gick
    Morgan Gick 9 days ago

    ADAM

  • Fahad Zuberi
    Fahad Zuberi 9 days ago

    Why do broke people have so many kids?

  • Hasan Rizaan
    Hasan Rizaan 9 days ago

    Why does everybody think that soccer and football is the same thing when they are Different

  • Tayler Finley
    Tayler Finley 9 days ago

    Bro she wants you to be a pedophile

  • Gaming with GALAXY
    Gaming with GALAXY 10 days ago

    Me:12
    Looks:10
    Sounds:11
    Acts:10

  • MURKIN RANZYZ
    MURKIN RANZYZ 10 days ago

    Damn his mom must have been in the 14th grade

  • Sipaia Fuli
    Sipaia Fuli 10 days ago

    Yaaaay 😀

  • Jayden Johnson
    Jayden Johnson 11 days ago

    Freaken aces mate. Bravo, good on you

  • Eniehs ratS
    Eniehs ratS 11 days ago

    I have a classmate that is 24 years old but

  • Nachiket Venkat
    Nachiket Venkat 11 days ago +1

    You have probably lived a more wholesome life than 90% of people your age, including me..
    Inspiring

  • alondra rivera
    alondra rivera 12 days ago

    why didnt u get ged

  • j N
    j N 12 days ago

    Gets degree can't afford college gets to college graduates in debit can't get the job he wants because no experience

  • bean butt
    bean butt 13 days ago

    when i was on 3rd grade i had a classmate that is 24 yrs old

  • Bernada Meus
    Bernada Meus 13 days ago

    Age:12
    Look:9
    Acts:5
    Sounds:10

  • Marat Pirate
    Marat Pirate 13 days ago

    Onidzukas teacher coworker: you can be 40 and marry a 18 year old
    ACTUALLY FIRED

  • Vanessa Rickford
    Vanessa Rickford 13 days ago

    What do you mean you don't even have a lot of time to focus bruh?! You are 23 and still in highschool so you have 5 years to have a d*** diploma.

  • Yokolite
    Yokolite 14 days ago

    Big Timmy turner

  • Ervrc
    Ervrc 14 days ago

    1:55 Cool to know that your mom is RIPE

  • aung min
    aung min 14 days ago

    So he’s 23 and he still haven’t gone though puberty

  • aditya thapa
    aditya thapa 14 days ago

    Dam dis inspired me I'm 23 I join college again after leaving it for 5 yrs and now I have a goal in life and make a better future

  • Rae Sings Billie's Songs
    Rae Sings Billie's Songs 15 days ago +3

    There's a girl in my neighborhood that's 18 and a freshman. Also found out that my friend is going to be 21 senior year so that's nice to know.