Natalie started her GED® journey in South Dakota in 2017 and passed three of four GED tests, but then she got busy and put the last GED test on the back burner. Barb Unruh, Program Specialist with the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, learned about a new program by GED Testing Service for administrators to reach out to students who had passed three out of the four required courses. Barb reached out to Natalie to help her complete her GED credential in 2023.

Congratulations, Natalie on your accomplishment and inspiring example of determination. Here is Natalie’s story:

What was your motivation in getting your GED credential?
Well, my children. Also, I wanted to be a nurse, create a better future for my kids, and get this part of my life done.

What was the most challenging part of your GED journey?
The most challenging part of this journey was trying to stay on top of the studying and not give up. When I had bad days, I would look at my babies and think: “I can’t give up. I have to keep going for them, for they will need a promising future.”

What was the most rewarding part of your GED journey?
The most rewarding part was making good memories with people around the world, like from South Africa. People who were working hard for their GED, like I was.  I joined a GED group on Facebook in 2017, and now it has more than 20,000 people in it. by some extraordinary people close to my heart. That is where I met Ms. Kate Buccigross Redman, a GED teacher in Arizona. She runs the group now, and she also has good material that helps many people worldwide.

I also met Ms. Linda Moore who was my GED online teacher and helped me with math. I would also like to thank Ms. Nanci, who works with Ms. Kate in the Light and Salt Learning group on Facebook. I joined this group because I was seeking help, and now it helps everyone accomplish their dreams.

Based on your path, what advice would you give GED learners?
Don’t give up…no matter what happens, try your best to keep going forward. I started my journey, which was challenging, but never gave up. So, you shouldn’t either. You got this!

 What are your plans now that you have your GED credential?
I plan on trying college and going into a career in nursing. My priority is to find a better-paying job.