Sunday, July 14, 2013

High School Advice #5 - What NOT to do! Guest post by Michael Loring author of Dehumanized

Okay I have had lots of posts giving advice of what to do, well this is a what NOT to do guest post.

Guest post by Michael Loring author of Dehumanized

By the time I started high school I was so certain I was done with school all together. I thought to myself, “I’ve made it this far, why the heck should I keep going?” I thought I was so smart back then. I’d tell any one who’d listen how school was worthless and I was ready to leave. So after my freshman year I decided I was going to drop out. I did maybe two months of sophomore year for my mother’s sake before I just left. I thought I was going to just get a job, write my book, and live smoothly without the burden of another three years of school.
I was so wrong.
It wasn’t long after I left school that reality smacked me right in the face. I discovered how most jobs are strict on wanting all employees to either be in school or have graduated. I found out how far behind my education was compared to everyone around me, and that made me feel so inadequate. All of my friends started getting smarter than me, and I got stuck in this rut of no advancement. By the time I realized what a mistake I had made by leaving school it was too late. I was too far behind and they wouldn’t take me back, which further hurt my ego. A few years after dropping out I found myself completely devastated because nothing was how I’d thought it would be. I thought I was ready for the real world, but unfortunately I was far from ready. If I had stayed in school like I should have I’m certain I would have been much more prepared.
I missed out on essential years that helped define a person into what they are meant to become. High school seems like this big, daunting, horrible prison, when in reality it’s an important stepping stone to life. To this day I regret not completing my schooling. Sure I’ve written a book, but imagine how much better it would be had I stayed in school and studied English and Literature? I still struggle with certain grammatical rules because I didn’t stay long enough to learn about them.
You think you’re being taught things you would never use in a million years, but you’re wrong. In the real world you need to have a good understanding of just about everything to survive. Don’t be like me and drop out, because right now you’re thinking the same way I was, “I’m too good for school, I’ve learned enough, I’m ready for the real world,” and you’re going to end up learning the hard way you’re completely wrong on all accounts. Just like I did.
Don’t drop out, it’s not worth it. Trust me, I did it and I’ve regretted it ever since.

About the Author:  Michael Loring was born in Bristol, Connecticut, but has lived in a variety of places such as Florida and Tennessee. He likes to think of himself as an amateur Lycanthropologist, studying werewolves ever since he was eight years old when he first saw An American Werewolf In London. He spent most of his life switching between home school and public school, always focusing on his passion of writing no matter what. His interest in writing was sparked in the second grade when his teacher encouraged him to write short stories for the class, earning him more than one award at school assemblies for Creative Writing. He currently resides back in his birthplace of Connecticut with a house full of women who like to drive him up the wall until he finishes his chores. Though they seem to avoid him during the night of the full moon for some unexplainable reason…
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by Michael Loring

Goodreads blurb:  Ryan Zachery lived his life the way all high school teenagers should -carefree until he was attacked by an unknown assailer and awoke in the hospital with lycanthropy. Taken by armed guards and dragged away from everything he held dear, Ryan was thrown into a US camp made for those 'suffering' from lycanthropy.

They caged the beast, but now he will show them that he will never be dehumanized.

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