Having a high school diploma is considered a necessity if you expect to go to college or get a job. But, because so many people have been able to get by without having a diploma, more students feel like there is no reason to keep going to school every day. Of course, there are other reasons why students drop out such as avoiding peer pressure, learning difficulties, violence, and simply not wanting to go to school when they feel it is pointless. While there are programs designed to encourage students to stay in school, there still may be lack of understanding as to why students drop out in the first place.
High school students nowadays face more issues that affect self-esteem, self-image, and how others perceive you. Some students engage in activities they started doing outside of school grounds that lead to them dropping out such as drugs, gangs, sexual activity, and even personal problems at home. Then, you have a few select students that may have talent in which they can earn good money and work on getting their GED later. These are students that may be working toward a dream of being an entertainer of some sort.