The road to achieving a major life goal is made easier and more meaningful when you have the support of family and friends. When you commit to passing the TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ to earn your high school equivalency, your family and closest contacts will undoubtedly be your biggest advocates along the way.
For TASC test taker Katelin Connor – sister to TASC test taker Sarah Connor – family made all the difference on the journey to obtaining her HSE.
Katelin lost her father at a young age which took a tremendous toll on her and her family, resulting in her mother’s decision to home school Katelin and her siblings. “I went back to [public] school when I was thirteen, but I was held back for two years. I had a very hard time catching up to the other students in school,” Katelin said.
It was later determined that Katelin was dyslexic. Despite her determined efforts, she decided public school wasn't working for her, so she left during her freshman year and tried to finish high school at home. “I almost finished, but I became pregnant and didn't make time to get my diploma.”
Now a TASC test success story, we’re excited to share Katelin’s inspiring TASC test success story with you today.
- What made you decide to earn your high school equivalency? What was your motivation?
I now have two beautiful little boys who I wouldn't trade for the world! I want to be there to help them through school, and I want to be able to answer questions they might have that teachers couldn't help me with. I knew that if I didn't have a good education, my children wouldn't be able to ask me for help with homework or most school related activities.
I knew getting my high school equivalency would have a great impact on myself and my two children. I have always wanted to be a Cosmetologist or get into the music industry, but without my high school equivalency, I wouldn't be able to attend school for either.
- Why did you choose the TASC test?
I looked into getting my high school equivalency when I lived in Lafayette, Indiana, but felt I didn't have time with two small children. After moving back to Fowler, Indiana, I heard of the Benton/Fountain/Warren Adult Education classes and wanted to attend.
My little sister started going to the classes so I started going with her. The fact that the class was only two days a week made it very convenient for me [to arrange for] a babysitter.
- How did you prepare for the TASC test?
[I prepared] with the help of my wonderful teacher, Paige Brost from the Benton/Fountain/Warren Adult Education Program. We worked very hard on my weak spots and I showed improvement quickly. She made plenty of copies of the [material] I struggled with, taught me the methods, [showed me] how to solve problems, and gave [me] homework to study.
- Fill in the blank: In 10 years, you will see Katelin ____________.
…on a stage singing, or owning a hair and makeup salon.
- What advice or tips do you have for future TASC test takers and anyone looking to earn their high school equivalency?
I would like to encourage everyone to further educate themselves. You can only fail if you don't try. With patience and dedication, you can and WILL succeed.
I [didn’t think I had] the courage or confidence to make it this far. I doubted myself. Now I know I can overcome! So, if you feel you can’t do it, that’s when you look in the mirror and let yourself know that you can overcome any obstacle with self-confidence and faith. Just believe in yourself.
Let Katelin’s story inspire you. Discover how you can accelerate your life with the TASC test.