I’m not dead yet! Most people stereotype home-schoolers as being unable to take on the real world when they graduate from high school. I would beg to differ. Home-schooling was my whole life. Now, I am at my second college on track to graduate in the spring semester of 2017.
The first college that I attended was Grand Rapids Community College. I only took a few classes my first semester, just to see if I liked the whole college thing. Turns out I did because I am now here at Trinity Christian College.
Homeschooling is not that uncommon in the United States as some people may think. The U.S. Department of Education stated that there are 1,770,000 home-schooled in the United States. Not all students are home-schooled their whole life though.
Some students come from public or Christian schools and are transitions into being a home-schooled student. This transition can be hard of some pupils.
Shannan is one of the many mothers who decided to take on the challenge to home-school her son Garrett. The transition from public school to home school was difficult for Garrett, Shannan, Garrett’s mother stated. “Garrett is very social and had lots of friends (in Wisconsin),” she explained. “He wanted to go back to public school.” He has adapted to home-schooling and enjoys “a more relaxed, but busy schedule,” Shannan said.
Even though that switch can be difficult, I found that transferring from Grand Rapids Community College to Trinity Christian College was probably more of a change then going from homeschooling to community college. At my community college I was use to a very different crowd of students, then coming to Trinity the majority of the students were Christians. The two atmospheres were very different from each other.
I will say that it is different going from being the only student that got all the attention to a classroom that was full of students. With being home-schooled I was used to having all of the teachers attention focused on me to help me through the problems that I had. In being in a classroom setting I realized there is not enough time for each individual student to receive attention due to the ratio.
I still remember my first day of college classes. I was so nervous. I got to my English 101 class and sat near the front corner so that way I would only have to sit by one person. A girl sat next to me. Neither of us said anything to each other we just sat there waiting for the teacher to start class. To open up the first class the teacher wanted to do an ice breaker, and we had to introduce the person that was next to us. I learned that the girls name was Makhala Stevens.
As we started to get to know each other we became friends. About a month later, we talked about our first class together and both of us said that we were so nervous and did not know what to think of everything that was going on.
Throughout my semesters at GRCC, I met many different people and in the end the people that I had stereotyped before were not like I had pictured them to be like. As for me I broke the home-schooler stereotype. I realized that people have different stereotypes of different people that are completely wrong sometimes. A way that I saw how people stereotyped home-schoolers was in my English 102 class. There was a discussion about homeschoolers. I listened to the students talk in class about how they thought that home-schoolers were socially awkward and always needed their parents around to be able to do anything. I sat in my chair and did not say a word. I found it interesting listening to the different views on home-schoolers.
What are some of the tips that I would give a home-schooler that is going in to college? I would have to say the most generic answer and that is to be yourself. Besides that I would say that you are no different than anyone else and that everyone is in the same boat as you, because they don’t know anyone in that class room too. My first semester I thought that I was going to be the one person who did not know anyone. Turns out no one really knew anyone and everyone is just as nervous as the next person. As a matter of fact with being home-schooled, not very many people from different schools know you from high school, so in a way you have a clean slate and you are able to be the person that you want to be.
Was I nervous?
Yes, but I believe that you have to get out of your comfort zone to experience something great. I am not dead yet, in fact I am living a life that is full of adventure and surprises! I am so thankful to God for letting me able to experience the life of a home-schooler, the life of a community college student, and the life of a Christian college student. Each experience has made me more alive and has prepared me for each step a bit differently.