10 Signs You Were Homeschooled

10 Signs You Were Homeschooled

"Did you do math?"
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Homeschooling was an amazing experience that prepared me for college and got me where I am today. Regardless of how long I've been in college, however, I still know that there are some dead giveaways about my high school experience.

1. You were a little overwhelmed by your first few days (or weeks) at college.

Regardless of how busy your social life was in high school (because yes, we all socialized), being suddenly and constantly surrounded by people at college can be overwhelming. From large lecture halls to dorms full of noisy, smelly students, you're surrounded by people 24/7. While it can be quite an adjustment, always take the time to find a quiet spot and take a deep breath in the middle of the chaos.

2. You're constantly getting slightly ridiculous questions.

While I always welcome curious questions about my homeschooling experience, there are certainly some questions that make me roll my eyes. Personally, my favorite question I've ever gotten has been "Do you do math?" There are certainly many approaches to homeschooling, but if you're now studying at a university, you clearly learned the basic subjects at least. So yes, I studied math.

3. You knew kids who couldn't read Harry Potter (or you yourself couldn't).

Harry Potter was a childhood staple of mine, re-read over and over, but I certainly had friends whose parents forbade any book or movie about witchcraft. I still have friends who don't want to read the books, and I have friends who immediately read the series as soon as they moved into college. Regardless of you or your family's outlook on the series, the Harry Potter controversy just continues to demonstrate the diversity of the homeschool community.

4. You're probably a lot closer to your parents than most other students.

I was homeschooled beginning in the third grade, which means nine years of nearly 24/7 contact with my mother. As your teacher and your parent, the bonds between homeschooled kids and their parents can be much stronger. For me, this meant it was bittersweet when I left for college, for I was filled equally with relief for the freedom and homesickness for the comfort. But the transition was also filled with the confidence that my parents will always have my back.

5. Your time management skills were developed long before college...

Homeschooling requires you to manage your time well regardless if you are taught online, by an instructor or by your parents. This makes the adjustment to college way easier since you're already used to balancing both your school and social life.

6. As is your ability to teach yourself the material.

One of the huge differences between college and high school is how much you're expected to teach yourself. Professors are there to explain the material in-depth, but in many classes you're expected to at least understand the basics. From quizzes on the first day of class to lectures that skip over entire chapters, the ability to teach yourself is a lifesaver.

7. The need to put on pants just to go to class is a little foreign.

Yes, the chance to study in bed and wear PJs is one of the best parts about homeschooling. While wearing pajamas to class is still somewhat socially acceptable in college, most people save it for 8 a.m. classes or finals week. Thank god for yoga pants.

8. You get some great comments when people find out you were homeschooled.

"Oh wow, you seem so normal!"

"Did you talk to people?"

9. The excitement around weekends might be a new concept, but you quickly understand just how great the weekend is.

While I certainly worked hard in high school, I rarely had to spend 7 hours a day doing schoolwork. While weekends were nice and relaxing, I never quite understood why everyone looked forward to them so much. That is until I got to college and spent 14 hours a day either in class, studying, working or attending club meetings and events. Weekends are a godsend.

And finally...

10. You know that you'll do just fine.

With all of the work you put into high school, how could you not be prepared? Getting to college is stressful and overwhelming, but you have family, friends, and your own skills on your side, so don't be afraid to dive right into the chaos.

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3. Being jealous of your friends with non-science majors, but then remembering that your job security/availability after graduation makes the stress a little more bearable.

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Saying "No" Is OK

It is okay to put yourself first and do what's best for you

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It's that time of year again when your days are filled with nothing but class, work, assignments, clubs, extracurricular activities and much more. Your time and brain are going in every possible direction. But what if it didn't have to be that way? What if letting go, actually gave you something back? That's right, I am talking about the word no and all it can do for you.

I too, fall into the trap of doing more is better. Having all my time devoted to activities or work is good for me. Taking nineteen plus credits hours somehow makes me a better person, even smarter person. Well, I hate to break it you, and me, that this thought process is extremely detrimental.

There are no rules that say we must do everything and anything. If there are, they are wrong. And that's why saying no is so important.

Currently, I am taking nineteen credit hours. Soon, I am going to make sure that it is sixteen. After the first week of classes, I discovered I was in a class that would provide me with a wonderful education, but it was not counting towards my major. After thinking about it long and hard, I decided that it would be best to say no to this particular class.

Before this year, I would have said, it's okay (even if it wasn't) and muster through the class. To the old me, dropping a class would be like quitting, but I cannot even begin to tell you, and me, how far from the truth that is.

Saying no is brave. Saying no is the right thing to do. Saying no allows you to excel in other areas. Because I have decided to say no, I am opening two more hours in my day. I am relieving myself of work and projects that would add to my already hectic schedule. I am doing what is best for me.

However, there is a part two to this no phenomenon. Continuing with my example, I now have two open hours in my week. The overachiever in me would try to find something to fill it. Maybe another club or activity. Maybe more hours at work or a place to volunteer. And while none of these are bad things to do or have in your life, you are just replacing a time taker with another. When you say no, mean it and don't fill it.

This is your year to say no. Not because you are lazy. Not because you aren't smart enough. Not because you can't. Say no because it is best for you. Say no because it frees you. Say no because you can!

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