Tatyanna Earns GED on Path Towards Personal Growth
Tatyanna Hardy came to Beacon Group in October of 2020 with the mindset of getting her General Equivalency Diploma and getting it quickly. Highly motivated and on the cusp of enrolling in community college, the first question she asked was, “How long is this going to take?”
In only 6 months, Tatyanna had her answer when she received her GED certificate on April 19, 2021. The Beacon Group GED program offers a customized approach to the standard GED curriculum. The plan is tailored to the individual needs of each student. Because of this customized approach, the program can be completed at a pace that fits the academic desires and demands of the individual.
At only 20 years old, Tatyanna has faced many challenges, both personal and academic. “I’ve struggled with mental health since I was 14,” acknowledges Tatyanna. “I have four diagnoses including Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.”
She continues, “I think I have a pretty good grip on them right now, but I struggled so much in the past, especially with anxiety and depression for years and with panic attacks. I ended up dropping out of high school because I was having so much anxiety.”
Beyond the assistance she received from Beacon Group, family played a key role in her success. She beams when talking about her relationship with her father who served in the military for 20 years. Her father, stepmom, and brother play an important role in her life. She is comfortable confiding in them about her behavioral health challenges and they are her greatest supporters of her academic goals. Her father is currently assisting her with college enrollment and applying for financial aid. “It’s been so much easier since I could talk to my dad about anything and he’s just been so supportive of my behavioral health journey,” says Tatyanna. “It’s really nice to know that my family is going to be there no matter what.”
As she looks to the future, Tatyanna plans to enroll at Gateway Community College in Fall 2021. She is still deciding whether to pursue a career in therapy or music. Her desire for a career in therapy comes from the challenges she faces as well as her role model—a successful therapist and fellow Christian who also faces similar behavioral health challenges.
While therapy is her career goal, Tatyanna is proud of her musical talents and can see herself pursuing a career in music as well. She loves to sing and plays both guitar and piano. Her passion runs deep, and she
finds it cathartic to listen to music when facing a challenge. “Whenever I’m depressed, whenever I’m angry, whenever I’m anxious, one of my big go-to’s is listening to music,” says Tatyanna. “I have different playlists for different moods so that I can get in the right mind set and help calm down or bring myself up from whatever is going on at that moment.”
The completion of her GED program at Beacon is a big step for Tatyanna in reaching her goals. She has her support system in place with big plans for the future. She is already thinking about how she can help motivate and encourage others in a similar position to where she was only a few months ago. “Just keep pushing,” says Tatyanna. “Don’t let what’s going on in your life and wha t diagnoses you have, stop you from pursuing your dreams.”