Happy at Home MAG

July 13, 2012
By Anonymous

I had fully planned on attending high school. Honest. I had already missed middle school, so there was no way I was missing out on “the best years of my life.” But, when the time came to enroll or continue home-schooling, I picked the latter.

Why? All I had dreamed about was having a huge group of friends, possibly meeting a guy I thought was incredible, and having a shiny, gray locker. What grade school student doesn't look forward to her own locker? I still have yet to open one.

You see, the closer I got to school, the less appealing everything looked. I'm heading into my last year of high school and still don't care about a graduation ceremony or the prom. I'm positive that I'll never look back on these years with regrets.

How do I know that I didn't miss out? How do I know that something amazing wouldn't have happened if I'd just gone to school? ­Because without home-schooling I know I would never have picked up a pen. I love to write, but in school my whole class hated it. The room would fill with groans when it was time to pull out our writing folders. I would suppress a smile and fake a groan with everyone else.

I'm now also a proud book devourer. Reading only when it is required is something I'm sure I would still be doing had I remained in the classroom.

I'm stronger now. I'm not going to dislike something just because my friends do. Or ignore someone because everyone else does. I see that high school band, film, or theater geek, and I smile. Never before would I have admitted to admiring them. They know who they are and aren't afraid to pass up mainstream activities to pursue their own interests. Home-schooling helped me learn to be strong and independent-minded.

That's how I know I haven't missed out. I don't conform to what everyone thinks is normal. Sure, home-schooling is not for everyone. Neither is public school. People will always ask me if I feel I missed out on my high school years. The answer will always be no.

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BetsyJ GOLD said...
on May. 12 2016 at 8:53 am
BetsyJ GOLD, Vellore, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Apt words have power to suage the tumours of a troubled mind.

- Milton.

I'm home-schooled too. You have no idea how much I can relate to your article. Home-schooling has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life especially because I'm obsessive, eccentric and a complete misfit.


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