Guest post by Merissa of Little House Living:
It wasn’t so long ago that I heard the whispers. People saying things like “Oh, she’s a homeschooler, how is she going to get into college?” ” Oh those homeschoolers, they don’t get the same opportunities that public school kids do so they can’t learn as much.” “Homeschoolers have the social skills of an empty cup.” (Yeah, that last one is a REAL quote that someone actually said to me.)
Truth be told I never paid much attention to those naysayers and I still laugh at comments like that. Sure, I will agree with the fact that there ARE homeschoolers out there that fit the stereotype. The ones that hide behind mommy at the library and can barely muster up a hi when approached. But you know how the exception in every group seems to become the stereotype?
But let’s skip past that last comment and focus on the first two. First of all, being a homeschooler and getting into college was a piece of cake. Want to know a secret? Colleges don’t care if you went to Easter Bunny High school or Mom’s Kitchen Table Classroom. They don’t care if you went to classes in your pajamas or if you kept up with the latest trends. They don’t care if you went to every single school function or if you only went to your neighbor’s houses to trick-or-treat. All they care about is that 4.0 GPA and all those volunteer activities on your transcript.
Which brings me to my next point, those activities. Why don’t people think homeschoolers get the same opportunities and can’t do the same activities as public school kids? I’m not even sure where that comes from but the truth is that when I was in high school I was busy ALL the time. From volunteering my time at the local library to art classes to helping with a state senator’s campaign to building a good work ethic, I had plenty of activities going on! And the cool thing was that those were all things I wanted to do, and I learned so much from each thing! I was lucky I didn’t have to be in school for 8 hours of the day so I could work on these other things that mattered for my future.
Not only did I get to do those extra things outside of school, but I also had the chance to pick extra classes during school on topics that I loved and that I truly wanted to learn more about. I believe that I only need one year of creative writing to graduate but I loved creative writing and requested that we do it for all 4 years of high school. I was allowed to pursue something I loved and obviously it paid off in the end seeing where I ended up!
Looking back, I’m thankful that my mother took the time to teach me at home. I had opportunities that I otherwise wouldn’t have had and it took me to places I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to go. So if you are feeling discouraged or wondering if this is all going to be worth it in the end I’m here to assure you, it is.
Merissa Alink blogs about simple, frugal, and natural living at www.littlehouseliving.com. She believes in making the most with what you have!