My life as a homeschooler

Being A Homeschool Student Wasn't Always Easy, But It Made Me Who I Am Today

There may have been a few negative affects from my time as a homeschooler, but there were many more positive ones.

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Starting right after I finished first grade at my school in Portland, Oregon, I began homeschooling. My mom had picked me up from school one day and asked me out of the blue if I wanted to, and of course, I said yes.

Even as a little kid, the sound of sleeping in a little more every day wasn't something I was going to pass up, and so my new adventure began.

There were multiple other reasons I was ecstatic to begin homeschooling. One of the major ones was my dad. He was an airline pilot, so he would be gone most of the week. Occasionally he would be able to come home for a few hours before heading back to work, and almost every time that happened I was at school. Whenever I came home and heard I had missed an opportunity to see him, it broke my heart, so obviously when I realized I could see him more often, I jumped at the opportunity.

I was also happy to be able to spend more time with the rest of my family as well, in other words, my amazing, talented mom, and my hilarious, genius little sister who also happened to be my best friend.

Homeschooling also provided more adventurous opportunities.

Not long after beginning homeschooling, my family and I sold our house in Oregon and moved onto a 49ft sailboat in Washington. Because both my sister and I did everything school related at home, we were able to go out sailing to the San Juan Islands, or just some islands in the area during any time of the year. We would do our homework while sailing to an island that may have been 3 or more hours away.

Along with the shorter trips, it provided us the chance to go on our year-long trip to Mexico when I was still in "middle school." We got to see what humpback whales, sea turtles, dolphins, sea lions, and many other animals looked like in person instead of having to look them up on google or in a textbook of some sort. Once a little squid washed up on our boat and died before we noticed it, so we brought it into the cockpit and my little sister and I dissected it for science.

Like many other situations, there were a few negative effects as well. One of these happened to be that I didn't get much interaction with other kids besides my sister. When you live at a marina, there often aren't many around.

I got to talk to a lot of adults, leading to me finding it very easy to act professionally and maturely, but I had a very difficult time keeping up conversations with other children. I had some form of anxiety since before I can remember, so I would have been shy and awkward no matter what, but a lack of experience made it a little more difficult.

When looking back at everything I gained from my time as a homeschooler, I would never take back my choice, even if I did struggle more in certain situations. I got to get so much closer to my family, went on life-changing adventures, and got a little more sleeping and free time.

Some of my best memories were made in that time, and it helped develop the person I am today. I'm proud of who I've been able to become, and so I'm proud of the choice I made those many years ago.

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?" It seems like this is the question we heard from the time we were able to talk. Our answers started out as whatever movie or action figure was popular that year. I personally was going to be Cinderella and shoot spider webs out of my wrists at the same time. The next phase was spent choosing something that we read about in a book or saw in movies. We were aspiring to be actors, skydivers, and astronauts.

After we realized NASA may not necessarily be interested in every eager 10-year-old, we went through the unknown stage. This chapter of life can last a year or for some, forever. I personally did not have a long “unknown" stage. I knew I was going to be a teacher, more specifically I knew I wanted to do elementary or special education. I come from a family of educators, so it was no surprise that at all the Thanksgiving and Christmas functions I had actually figured it out. The excitement of knowing what to do with the rest of my life quickly grew and then began to dwindle just as fast.

“Why?"

"Well, looks like you'll be broke all your life."

“That's a lot of paperwork."

“If I could go back and do it again, I wouldn't choose this."

These are just a few replies I have received. The unfortunate part is that many of those responses were from teachers themselves. I get it, you want to warn and prepare us for the road we are about to go down. I understand the stress it can take because I have been around it. The countless hours of grading, preparing, shopping for the classroom, etc. all takes time. I can understand how it would get tiresome and seem redundant. The feeling a teacher has when the principal schedules yet another faculty meeting to talk an hour on what could've been stated in an email… the frustration they experience when a few students seem uncontrollable… the days they feel inadequate and unseen… the sadness they feel when they realize the student with no supplies comes from a broken home… I think it is safe to say that most teachers are some of the toughest, most compassionate and hardworking people in this world.

Someone has to be brave enough to sacrifice their time with their families to spend time with yours. They have to be willing to provide for the kids that go without and have a passion to spread knowledge to those who will one day be leading this country. This is the reason I encourage others to stop telling us not to go for it.

Stop saying we won't make money because we know. Stop saying we will regret it, because if we are making a difference, then we won't. Stop telling us we are wasting our time, when one day we will be touching hearts.

Tell us to be great, and then wish us good luck. Tell us that our passion to help and guide kids will not go unnoticed. Tell us that we are bold for trying, but do not tell us to change our minds.

Teachers light the path for doctors, police officers, firefighters, politicians, nurses, etc. Teachers are pillars of society. I think I speak for most of us when I say that we seek to change a life or two, so encourage us or sit back and watch us go for it anyways.

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Let's Talk More About Lori Laughlin Facing Up To 20 Years In Prison When Brock Turner Got 6 Months

And he was released three months early for 'good behavior'... after sexually assaulting an unconscious girl behind a dumpster.

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To start, Lori Laughlin messed up royally, and I don't condone her actions.

If you live under a rock and are unaware of what happened to the "Full House" star, here's the tea:

Lori Laughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli — and like 50 other celebrity parents — were found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, and paid a $1 million bail on conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and honest services fraud. You don't need to know what these mean except that she paid $500,000 to get her two daughters, Bella and Olivia Jade Giannulli.

I know you're wondering why they did it — tbh I am too — however, these parents paid the University of Southern California to give admission to her daughters in through the rowing team on campus, despite neither one of them actually playing the sport ever in their life.

Yeah, Aunt Becky messed up and should face punishment, but why is she facing up 20 years when men like Brock Turner are sentenced only six months for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster at Stanford?

I hate to bring up the gender card, but I'm pulling it: Why is Lori Laughlin — a woman who with bad judgement who used money to give an upper-hand to her entitled daughters — face more prison time than a man who willingly raped a woman who wasn't in a right state of mine (or any at all!) behind a dumpster of all places.

The answer? Because the system is a mess.

Yeah, Aunt Becky paid for her daughters to get into a school, giving disadvantages to students actually deserving and wanting to attend a college. Her act was immoral, and ultimately selfish, but it doesn't even compare to what Brock Turner did, and it doesn't even effect others as much his rape survivor.

The most that will happen to the Giannulli girls is an expulsion and a temporary poor reputation, however, Emily Doe (the alias of the survivor) will feel the consequences of the attack forever.

There should have been a switch:

Lori Laughlin and the Target guy should have had to pay other students tuition/student debt while facing prison time, while Brock Turner should have had to face over 20 years with more consequences.

But, that'll never happen because our system sucks and society is rigged. I guess our society would prefer a rapist walking around more so a woman who made a poor choice by paying for her daughters to go to a college.

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