Celebrities – they’re just like us!
It’s kind of a joke in US Weekly – played with a nudge and a wink – but to some degree it’s true. Celebrities go grocery shopping in sweatpants, look gross after a long run, have kids that throw tantrums. And big celebrities – we’re talking ultra mega-stars – go back to school as an adult to finish their high school education.
Beyonce, Grammy-award-winning singer as well as actress and general entertainment mogul, was spotted this week leaving the West 35th Street Alternative Education Complex in New York City. The facility reportedly offers GED classes and tests.
Beyonce herself hasn’t confirmed whether she’s going back to GED at the age of 30 – although the site MediaTakeOut excitedly reported in ALL CAPS that she had a LAPTOP with her – but she did leave school at 14 for her singing career and was tutored beyond that. It’s never been confirmed whether she got her high school diploma or not.
If she is (and it kind of looks that way), then she should be applauded. As a millionaire on multiple fronts, she obviously doesn’t need it for the money, but she serves as a role model not just for her new daughter but also for legions of fans. Stepping up to get a GED sets a great example about the importance of completing your education.
And it’s more important than ever for high-profile people, like Ms. Knowles, to be demonstrating this. Around a quarter of high school students don’t graduate, and studies by the OECD find that those who haven’t completed secondary education are almost twice as likely to be unemployed. With statistics like these and employers’ education requirements rising, it makes sense to take steps to give yourself every advantage possible.
Beyonce has the right idea. No matter what your status is, there’s no downside to finishing your high school diploma. And you can do it at any age.