Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Mark Wahlberg has earned his long-awaited high school diploma just this summer, the actor himself revealed on Monday.
In his article in the Huffington Post, Wahlberg admitted that “he never made it past the ninth grade,” expressing that his “circumstances were not unlike millions of other teens today, who live in tough working class neighborhoods surrounded by drugs, violence and crime, and who struggle to stay on the right path without positive influences.”
He added, “Most high school dropouts don’t end up with successful careers in Hollywood. I was lucky. Compared with high school graduates, dropouts are more likely to be unemployed, in poor health, living in poverty or on public assistance.”
The “Ted” actor then explained that for the past year, he has been juggling his time working in show business and at the same time attending classes online, which, according to him was both “challenging and humbling.”
Wahlberg then explained the importance of education in one’s life, and is at work to help teens get the education they need through his Mark Wahlberg Foundation in partnership with the Taco Bell Foundation. He also left a message for students saying, “[N]ever give up. Keep believing in yourselves and don’t make small plans.”
Meanwhile, Wahlberg has more plans of continuing his education telling People, “I would love to go to USC and study film. I don’t want to become a veterinarian or anything, [I want to study] things that further my career and broaden my horizon.”