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Van1998

I'm 18 And I Never Attended School

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Horsefeathers.

 

If it works out, super.

 

If it doesn't work...seriously, your plan is to just...moulder in your parents' basement?  That would get boring, fast.  If it doesn't work, you stand in a different line.  Again.  And again.

 

Or you sign up at high school, and sort it out that way.

 

Or you contact some of the non-traditional schools that people have recommended that will issue a high-school diploma to you--and, while you're there, a driver's ed. letter.

 

Or you take a driver's ed. class through a private company.

 

There are DOZENS of ways to approach this that do not include "just give up."

 

Seriously.  Quitting isn't something you can do.  Take that option right off the table.  You can do this Van.  You try and you keep trying.  You try smart things and stupid things and a lot of things that don't work until you land on the thing that does work.  You never stop trying, because you WILL have a great life.  You WILL get there.  It sucks right now, but it will not suck forever.  I promise.

 

. (this video is great)

 

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place, and I don't care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! Now, if you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain't you. You're better than that! ... until you start believing in yourself, you ain't gonna have a life.†

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Good luck tomorrow. Did you take drivers ed through a driver's ed school of some kind? If so, the way I read the law posted above, you would just need something from them showing you completed it.

 

Either way, don't give up. You have a lot of options still. Is your sister older or younger?

Thank you. And yeah, I did the full course through a driving school. It cost over $500, which is the main reason I'm trying a different DMV. My sister is 32.

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Good luck today Van!

 

Keep talking to people until you get to one who will help. You may encounter a few more clueless employees before you get to someone who can actually think through the regulations themself :)

Thank you.

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Thank you. And yeah, I did the full course through a driving school. It cost over $500, which is the main reason I'm trying a different DMV. My sister is 32.

I think if you have the letter from the driving school that is really all you need. Please let us know how it goes today. If it doesn't work we will brainstorm another way. Quitting is not an option!

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I got my license. Apparently the woman at the first DMV didn't know what she was talking about. I'll carry on, sorry for sort of breaking down on here (and resurrecting an old thread) it was a really bad day.

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I got my license. Apparently the woman at the first DMV didn't know what she was talking about. I'll carry on, sorry for sort of breaking down on here (and resurrecting an old thread) it was a really bad day.

Congratulations!!!

 

Breaking down and resurrecting old threads? Who cares? Getting your license is a big deal! The first of many successes, I'm sure.

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I got my license. Apparently the woman at the first DMV didn't know what she was talking about. I'll carry on, sorry for sort of breaking down on here (and resurrecting an old thread) it was a really bad day.

Congratulations!! I'm so happy to hear this. That's a great accomplishment, and should be really helpful in expanding your options for what you do next. Good work!
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Congratulations!

 

What's the next step?  Job applications? Study on a particular subject?

Well my next step is getting a car, getting a job, all while studying for a few CLEP exams. Maybe even an AP exam if that's possible.

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I got my license. Apparently the woman at the first DMV didn't know what she was talking about. I'll carry on, sorry for sort of breaking down on here (and resurrecting an old thread) it was a really bad day.

 You rock, Van! Way to go! Good for you for not giving up.

 

We're all rooting for you!

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Way to go, Van.  And don't worry about breaking down.  Just hang out in the education board in February and you will read about a lot of homeschool moms breaking down and ready to throw in the towel :laugh: !

 

Onward and upward.  Just remember, there will be setbacks along the way, because, well, that is how life works.  Try not to get discouraged when they do come.  And, if you do, come on back here.  We're always open!

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Well my next step is getting a car, getting a job, all while studying for a few CLEP exams. Maybe even an AP exam if that's possible.

Sounds like a plan!

 

It is possible to self-study for AP's, the only tricky bit can be finding a place to take the test. You'll want to contact local high schools (public and private) well in advance of test administration in May to reserve a seat for yourself. I believe you can find a list of schools that administer AP exams on the college board sight. Some are happy to let outside students test and others are not--they're not required to find a seat for a student not from their school. If one school says no though you just try a different school; some of the parents who have navigated this themselves would be happy to help.

 

Congratulations on the drivers licence, that's a huge step! (I didn't get mine until I was nearly 21...)

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I got my license. Apparently the woman at the first DMV didn't know what she was talking about. I'll carry on, sorry for sort of breaking down on here (and resurrecting an old thread) it was a really bad day.

 

Van, on the contrary, we are glad to help you through that bad patch, even if all we did was send out prayers and good vibes.  Please keep us updated.  

Here would be handy, because otherwise I might not notice an update.  

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I got my license. Apparently the woman at the first DMV didn't know what she was talking about. I'll carry on, sorry for sort of breaking down on here (and resurrecting an old thread) it was a really bad day.

Van, GREAT JOB! Don't worry about melting down here. You will not be the first young adult/student we've mentored and cheer leaded for and probably not the last. We had a young lady several years ago that was self schooling to get ready for college/vo-tech, and we loved having her on the board.

 

Now you keep us apprised of your progress, ask all the questions you want, and we'll do what we can to help.

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I wonder if there would be a benefit of some kind to Van registering his homeschool officially this year even though his parents haven't done so in the past?

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Van, I'm sending you a Private message. I'm really late to this thread, but I'm so glad you haven't given up. I'll help if I can.

 

 

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How are things going Van1998?

 

In case he doesn't see this to answer, I'll update. I've offered to tutor Van and he's working through Lial's BCM trying to fill some gaps before starting Algebra. We've worked a little on his essay writing and as pp's in this thread guessed, his writing is already very close to being college ready. We've looked into the local CC and their entrance requirements and are working toward being able to create a homeschool diploma and getting him ready for placement exams. 

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In case he doesn't see this to answer, I'll update. I've offered to tutor Van and he's working through Lial's BCM trying to fill some gaps before starting Algebra. We've worked a little on his essay writing and as pp's in this thread guessed, his writing is already very close to being college ready. We've looked into the local CC and their entrance requirements and are working toward being able to create a homeschool diploma and getting him ready for placement exams.

This makes me so happy! Thanks for stepping up to help!
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