What The Transition From Home School To Public School Is Like

What The Transition From Home School To Public School Is Like

Home schooling to public schooling.

Most people, including some of my closest friends, do not know that I initially did not want to go to public school. Up until I was thirteen, my siblings and I were home schooled. During the weekdays my mom would teach us basic academia, take us to the library, the park and to our local recreation center where they supplied sports, martial arts, and music and crafts for other kids like me. I know there are some people who don't understand the reasoning behind homeschooling--the misconception being that if one is home schooled, and then one does not interact with other people for socialization. That is far from the truth, in fact, the homeschooling program we were in at the recreation center had dozens of families that had kids that interacted with each other on a daily basis. For me, homeschooling gave me a different way to interact with people, while also having time for myself to study at my own pace.

For example, my favorite pastime would be spending hours at our local main library when I was living in Ohio. Books became my inner realm and sanctuary and, as I preferred being introverted, I felt more at home with stories I could imagine in my own head. No matter what I was feeling, I felt that books gave me a certain comfort and satisfaction in immersing myself into something that wasn’t my own world. That’s not to say that I didn’t like people or didn’t like being around them, but I was able to feel more like myself when I was engaged in another person’s story; getting lost in a mystery. My other alternative lifestyle would be to listen to music from CDs or cassette tapes at home. They became something I looked forward to versus the daily lessons of math or history.

When we decided to stay in Texas back in 2003, my dad and brother went back up to Ohio to pack and get things settled for us to permanently stay in Texas, while my mom and I lived with a family friend until we got our own place. Shortly after, my mom got a job and I was left at home with daily school lessons to keep busy. My mom would then come back from work late at night to grade my schoolwork after she got back home. It didn’t really bother me to be at home by myself to do these studies, because I could go at my own pace and then find a book to read or watch TV when I was done. However, that would be short lived.

One day, our family friend decided that he was not comfortable with me being at the house by myself, seeing as both he and my mom were out working and I was a minor. I never had issues or caused any concern, but he just felt that I should be in a public school setting rather than just being at home. So, my mom decided to enroll me in the nearest middle school. Honestly, I was extremely pissed at this decision, because I felt that this would actually limit my chance to work at my own pace and force me to give up my free time to read books. I also felt that this wasn’t a mutual decision or something I had a say in; that I was being forced to do something that I didn’t consent to. But, since we were under someone else’s roof until my dad and brother came back down, my mother put me into a public middle school.

For the most part, I think I was more scared of public schools than I was angry. For one thing, it cut out the time I had and forced me into a new environment with people I didn’t know. With the homeschooling group, I got to know people at my own pace and that was important to me being an introvert. With the new school, I felt as though I was being thrown into the lion’s den and forced to interact with people I didn’t know. However, I do think that the decision to have me in a public school setting turned out to be for the best. I was able to learn to be more open-minded about the world; I was able to learn to speak out more for myself and learn to accept debates and differences from my own. I was still able to read books, even though it wasn’t as much as before, bit public schools also taught me how to come out of my shell a little bit and learn that there are more and more people out there who share the same feelings I did. In essence, public schools shaped me into who I am today, helped me meet the many people I have, and helped me realize that there is more to life than just what I thought I wanted it to be.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.


So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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