Diary of a homeschooler who was never home

Diary of a homeschooler who was never home

It should be called car schooling.


After attending kindergarten, my parents made the decision to homeschool me. Many events lead them to choose this lifestyle for my siblings and I. Having a little brother who was often in the hospital and certain situations at school, such as physical encounters and shootings nearby, made homeschooling the best option for us.

I'll be honest, my education was far from the 7 or so hours in some classroom 5 days a week. Most of my school books were brought along with me and finished in the car on the way to field trips, volunteer events, and seeing family. Yes, my handwriting was awful due to being in a car.

During the time I was homeschooled, I slightly despised it because I felt like I was missing so many of the things other kids were experiencing; however, after shadowing a student at a private school for only a day I realized sitting in a classroom and working on their schedule would be miserable for me.

I've had many adventures through this lifestyle that I wouldn't have gotten from a public/private school. By the age of 12, I was teaching entire school groups about science at a local camp which I volunteered at for 6 years. My love for people has been sparked by being around all age groups, instead of just my own age. It was my fault for never feeling a belonging with other homeschoolers and tearing myself down about my education. I consider myself to be motivated and hard hardworking because that was my best option for being homeschooled. If I wasn't fitting my school work into my schedule (if you can even call it a schedule) every day was immensely different from the day before.

The main struggles were the treatment received from other people. It's baffling how you can immediately be judged based on where you were educated. Even adults would make snarky comments about it. I remember going to a career expo for 8th graders with my homeschool group while tons of other public-school groups were there also. Each career table had freebies for everyone except one table, who after finding out we were homeschooled put her supplies under the table, critiqued us for being homeschooled, and said her stuff was for school groups only.

It was moments like these when the blood rushed to my face as I had to take a deep breath and fight off tears because adults were making me feel inferior and dumb compared to others.

Despite the few negatives about homeschooling, I can at least say I've had numerous life experiences from it. Wherever you were educated let the story be yours and never let anyone make you feel ashamed of where you come from. Although I'm done with homeschooling and attend a university, it's still a big part of what shaped my personality.

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10 Feelings You Have If You Don't Miss High School

Here's hoping the next four years won't drag on like high school did.


1. When people are still only friends with their high school friends and nobody else and that confuses you.

You keep up with some of your high school friends but have definitely have branched out and found more friends in college.

SEE ALSO: 6 Signs You've Outgrown Your High School Friends

2. When people tweet "Seniors of 2017...don't take a second for granted, one day you'll miss this." And you honestly cannot relate.

I took every moment for granted because I wanted OUT. I have no regrets about my senior year because I was focused on one thing...leaving.

3. You don't understand the graduated college students that still go to the high school sporting events.

Your time is over. It's finished. Please leave the student section, you are a grown adult.

4. When people call high school "the glory days" you get genuinely sick to your stomach.

That? That was my glory days? Waking up at 7am to sit through classes you didn't care about around people you've had to put up with since kindergarten?With a 10:30pm curfew every single night? That was my glory days? No thank you.

5. Songs about growing up don't phase you.

On the way to my graduation, I played the "Graduation" album by Kanye West and blasted it as I screeched into the parking lot for the last time and I honestly never felt happier.

6. Not understanding the tears at graduation.

I honestly think the moment I heard my principal say, "Congratulations to the class of 2016." I had the first genuine smile on my face in four years.

7. The only thing you really miss are the adults you met throughout those four years.

Sure, the students were scum, but some teachers were genuine and made it bearable (shoutout to Chapman, Poore, Bazzell, Woodard, Lanier, Pate, and Dulworth.)

8. You couldn't get paid enough to redo one day of high school.

Ok you're actually a broke college student and money is money but you would never by choice go back for anything.

9. You'll never forget the hype you felt on those last days of high school.

Some people in my class were actually crying and I came in playing "Night Fever" by the BeeGees damn near breaking a SWEAT dancing so aggressively to celebrate the end of high school.

10. You've finally found your place in college.

I've never been so content as I am in college. I found friends that will stick by me, learning about things that interest me, and have all around less anxiety than high school caused me.

Here's to the next years of college that won't drag on like high school did.

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I Never Wanted To Go To College

I never wanted to go to college, but I stayed because I learned some things along the way - who knew.


I went because it's what the family expected from me. It's a step towards a successful career path. And obviously because it's a natural progression from high school. But deep down I never wanted to go because I really found no reason to be there.

In my view if you weren't going into traditional career fields, going to college was an expensive long shot. I was also careful to pay attention to all the people that attended college only to work in fields different from what they originally studied.

I was wary but didn't care so I don't put much thought into it. I applied to a handful of schools and attended the one that was more convenient. Once there I found the whole process disheartening.

I relied heavily on financial aid and felt the interaction and choices I was making were more transactional then enriching. It was just like high school again. Go to class take notes, read the book take the test, rinse and repeat until you get the degree.

That was until I fell into a philosophy class that was really challenging. It was challenging in a way that I hadn't been experienced in a while. I was having trouble understanding the material but desperately wanted to learn it. I read books over and over until the concepts were crystal clear. It also helped that I had a teacher who was passionate about the subject as well.

It kind of changed my whole approach to picking classes. Sure I'd visit the advisors and get their take on how to follow the quickest path to graduation. But I also wanted to be intentional with my course selection and take classes where I would learn as much as I could in topics that interested me.

Whether or not they fit my major. That's the only thing that made going to school worth it. Learning topics that change how I approach life and challenged my thinking. Then I was growing intellectually and not just checking boxes for a degree.

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