8 Homeschool Stereotypes

8 Homeschool Stereotypes

It's just a different way to learn
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School is probably the most influential part of a person's life. Between the academic and the social aspects, it will shape one's life for the good or bad. But the school one's parents choose can make or break a child. Every child is different, and every child needs a certain kind of attention, and that may come through public school or private school. But what about the "other" kind of school? That's right, homeschooling. Some kids either need special attention or just simply work better by themselves. This may lead to some common stereotypes, some true some not, which I will explore in this article.

1. Unable to function in society

A major, untrue stereotype is that we cannot function in society properly. It is assumed that we spend all day, every day cooped up in our homes just doing school and... Reading I guess? I don't know. But that is completely untrue. With my personal experience, every time we could get involved in something, we did. It was our way of socializing and simultaneously giving back to society.

2. Not as smart or overly smart

I could give so many examples contrary to this one. Homeschooling doesn't mean someone has any difference in intelligence. It just means they came by their education different from how you did. Just like in public school, some may be more intelligent and some may have more academic challenges. This by no means will be caused by how they are taught.

3. Don't actually do any school work

Some days I personally would finish what work I had within the first half of the day, finishing around 10:00am or 12:00pm. Other days I would be working on my school until bed time. It depended on my attention span and what work had to be done. However, not a day went by that we didn't work on something in every subject. Yes, we had days that we enjoyed with little work to be done, but it was always something that had to get done before we had fun.

4. Weird, religious, and redneck

Yes, sometimes, and no. Have you ever seen Mean Girls? Well, the representation there was a short clip with a few kids saying such things as, "On the third day, God created the Remington bolt action rifles, so that man could fight the dinosaurs... And the homosexuals." Maybe not exactly in this way, but generally this is how many believe homeschoolers to behave. I don't even know how to begin to tell you how weird that is to homeschoolers. Yeah we're weird, but mostly because we have been able to grow up free of many sources of peer pressure and can become our own person.

5. Just do whatever they want

I wish. No, homeschoolers are held to a certain standard by the government. We have to take a standardized test a minimum of every three years, but in our case, every year. This is to be sure that we are learning at a decent pace. It will give a percentile in comparison to others which tells parents where to take their kids as far as their teaching. If a student doesn't score well on them on a regular basis, the government can step in, and if nothing is done, college will never be an option. No pressure.

6. Never have friends

Some of my best friends were also homeschooled. Socialization is not just difficult through homeschooling, it is also difficult in public school. Each one presents it's own set of social problems. When being homeschooled, one must find a good outlet, and then it's just a matter of keeping up with that. If it becomes too difficult, there is a thing called co-op where homeschool families can get together and help each other with different things, including socialization.

7. Have problems socializing

How did this one even get started? I'm guessing because the same people believed #6. As with every stereotype, yes there are some that fit. However, a majority of homeschoolers do not fit this stereotype. Once again, they may be different because of the lack of peer pressure, but homeschool kids have their own way of socializing, and from my experience it is effective. As I have said many times before: being homschooled just means the child is getting their intelligence from a different outlet.

8. Go to school in their pajamas

This one? This one is true. And it is fantastic. Be jealous. But on a serious note, some parents have their kids wake up early and get dressed in order to have a certain discipline. Not me, but some kids. I did the whole pajamas thing. It was awesome.

Homeschooling a child takes a special parent. It also takes a special child. It is a wonderful way to follow God's command of raising up a child in the way they should go while still making sure they can succeed in the world. Just because a stereotype is common, doesn't mean it's true, although some may be. Never generalize, and above all else: love them despite it all.

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22 Girl Names Your Random College Roommate Will Have, And The Type Of Roommate They Are

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Every roommate situation in college is going to be different.

All you can do is hope and pray that they'll just leave you alone for the most part. A lot of the time, you can get a hint about what kind of roommate they'll be just knowing their first name.

1. Hailey

Her dad pays her rent. She can't cook. Litters the kitchen with take out boxes from the local vegan joint.

2. Beth

Totally wants you to go to SoulCycle with her at 6 a.m. on a Saturday. Room is littered with leggings and sneakers.

3. Michelle

Comes home at 3 a.m. after a night of heavy drinking. Loudly makes some sort of frozen meal. Sleeps through her noon alarm.

4. Victoria

Probably has dark hair and an acoustic guitar. Keeps pretty much to herself. Does homework in the living room at obscure hours.

5. Madison

Was on the dance team in high school and has not stopped telling you about how great it was. Does work out videos on the TV in the living room.

6. Kim

Brings her boyfriend over every night of the week. Brings different boys home on the weekends.

7. Megan

Actively avoids cleaning the bathroom. Leaves her dishes in the sink. You haven't seen her shower in four days.

8. Erica

Normal. Quiet. Wants to be a high school English teacher.

9. Erika

Wild. Emotionally distraught always. Is always hosting the pre-game. Never comes home with all of the clothes she left wearing.

10. Sarah

"Definitely should have got into Harvard, but I ended up here instead." Too into trying to get a 4.0 to pay attention to you.

11. Julia

Studies music performance. Screams expletives at her keyboard. Cannot play the trumpet, but still tries really hard.

12. Hannah

So tall she almost hits her head on the doorways. Plays basketball. Raps to old Kanye in the shower.

13. Jenny

Should not be allowed to go out. Goes out every weekend anyway. Throws up in your bathtub and doesn't always address it in the morning.

14. Heather

Stressing about her internship. Is currently failing all of her classes. Will somehow still get a 3.5 GPA this semester.

15. Grace

You never see her, only the hairballs she leaves all around your place.

16. Emma

Only has guy friends because "it's easier." Guy friends who leave empty beer cans out after every sporting event on TV.

17. Caitlyn

Has a 4.0 as a biology major. Is going to med school. Sterilizes her room, the bathroom and the kitchen sink every four hours.

18. Sam

Always has a paper about feminism to write. Rosie the Riveter poster in her room.

19. Alex

Is probably dating her boss. Has straight Ds in all her classes.

20. Taylor

Is somehow always home when you're home. You know nothing about her other than where she's from.

21. Alyssa

Trying to become the next big YouTuber. Has lighting equipment all over the place. You constantly hear the phrase, "Hey guys, welcome to my channel!" She squealed because yesterday she hit 25 subscribers.

22. Jesse

Is probably plotting your murder. Lurks around like a cat.

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10 Tips And Tricks To Hack Your Freshman Year

Surefire ways to make your first year as a college student the best it can be.
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So, you’re about to enter your freshman year of college, and yes, everything is about to change. As intimidating as it may be, or rather, as intimidating as it is… welcome! You’re in the right place. Having just finished my freshman year, I’ve compiled a list of some tips and tricks that are guaranteed to help you hack your first year in your new home.

1. Be open to everyone.

Everyone you meet during your first few days is in exactly the same position you are! Everyone is looking to make friends, and numerous other students looking to mark down contenders will most likely approach you.

2. Get really good at reciting, “I’m ____________, I live in _____________, and I’m interested in ____________.”

This is your first-week-as-a-freshman conversation starter.

3. Don’t be afraid to reach out.

Don’t hesitate to shoot a text to one of your orientation buddies, for example, to make lunch plans. You may feel awkward, but both of you will probably be grateful for the company. This is a great way to build a stronger bond, too!

4. Don’t be afraid to brave dining spots alone.

You’re in college now; independence is a newfound treasure! Though intimidating, it is completely acceptable to go to the caf alone. In opposition to any preconceived notions high school may have placed in your brain, no one will be looking at you and whispering “what a loser”. In fact, you’ll find yourself surrounded by other diners who are also content with their own company.

5. Get ahead of the “Sunday Scaries”.

When Sunday rolls around, you’ll probably find yourself stressing about the busy week ahead of you. This will be the case even moreso if you leave the bulk of your work until the last minute. Start assignments as soon as they are assigned, even if you only do a little bit each day. Fight your procrastination before it starts. You’ll thank yourself when that due date rolls around.

6. Sleep.

Yes, you’ll be busy. Whether it is your academic life or your social life keeping your schedule packed (hint: a healthy mix of both, pls), don’t forget to take time for yourself and give your body the rest it needs! Sleep is essential to staying healthy, happy, and motivated, and if you aren’t getting those 6-8 hours every night… well, let’s just say your dining dollars (and heart rate) will certainly take the hit when you constantly find yourself with coffee in hand.

7. Fight Your FOMO.

College is full of fun, social opportunities, and yes, you will be tempted to join in on the fun. Every. Single. Time. Just remember where your priorities fall, and make sure you are keeping them where they should be. Keep in mind that you have a whole year full of fun weekends with your friends, and you really don’t need to go to every single party, concert, or whatever other plans may arise. The world will not end if you skip out on tonight’s party to finish your 25%-of-your-grade paper, and it also won’t end if you decline that brunch invite because you’re feeling under the weather. Life goes on.

8. STUDY!

Unlike high school, a good amount of college professors will not include grades for homework. What does this mean, exactly? Your grade rests on your exams, quizzes, and papers. Unlike high school again, college exams require hard work. You cannot roll up to your test without having studied and expect an A. You can’t just “wing it”. Study. No, seriously. Study. Your GPA will thank you for your cooperation.

9. When you need help, ask for it.

Whether you are struggling in a class or dealing with something personal, do not hesitate to get help. In terms of academics, professors love to see students take the initiative and reach out in order to achieve their desired grade.

This shows motivation and dedication to your studies. On another note, if you are going through something personal, don’t suffer in silence. Confide in someone you trust, whether it is a friend or trusted adult. There are services on campus specifically for this reason, and they are more than happy to help you in whatever way you need it. Explore your school’s resources and look into speaking with someone who can provide comfort and advice.

10. Have fun.


College can be stressful, emotionally taxing at times, and exhausting, but it is also one of the most exciting and fun experiences you’ll encounter. Make the most of your next four years. Freshman year will fly by and make you realize just how important it is to live in the moment.

Enjoy the ride :)

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