Date: January 10, 2013
Though Garrett Macfalda dropped out of high school when he was 17, the Cartersville native now has made up for lost time by obtaining his GED and earning it with the highest test score made for the state of Georgia in 2011. He scored a perfect 800 in four of the five test sections — writing, reading, social studies, and science —and made 760 on the math portion.
Mr. Macfalda, who plans to take classes at Athens Technical College beginning fall semester, 2013, has two goals for his future. He would like to become a chef, and he wants to teach English as a second language to people in foreign countries. He pictures himself eventually teaching English and studying French modernist cooking in France.
As a high school student, Mr. Macfalda did not feel challenged in math and science classes and quickly became disenchanted with the rote memorization emphasized by the teachers. He began skipping classes and instead worked in the library teaching himself French often by listening to French songs. School administrators did not believe his story, so he was released from school.
Mr. Macfalda came to Athens to visit some friends and ended up deciding to stay because he loves the town, he said. He understood, though, that he needed his GED in order to pursue any kind of meaningful career.
“I realized that I had to go to college, that eventually I was going to have to get some kind of degree and figure out what kind of career I wanted,” Mr. Macfalda said. “I knew that wasn’t going to happen without a GED.”
Mr. Macfalda has been working as a line cook with the Blind Pig Tavern on Baldwin Street and on November 13, began as a cook at Transmetropolitan on Oglethorpe Avenue.
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