If you've ever wondered about my schooling experience and how homeschooling changed my life, I'm here today to share it all...
I've come a long way since the days of skipping class, going to McDonalds for lunch, Justin Bieber (okay maybe not) and boy obsessions consuming my life. I get questions everyday about why I chose to be homeschooled, if I chose it myself, how I did it, and what my reflections are- now that I've graduated (oh how good it feels to finally be qualified to say this).
I'm a weird kid. I don't like working in groups because dependence on others makes me sense the future disappointment as though I have a crystal ball before me. I feel like teachers are in a constant power struggle and degrade students in order to feel like the alpha. I don't necessarily agree with having to ask to go the bathroom or take a drink from the fountain... I crave freedom and all it is associated with.
Nobody pushed me to be homeschooled, or really even influenced me. I did it because I felt it was most appropriate given my ambition and goals.
I did an independent learning program called the ILC, which is ministry approved. Basically I took individual courses, and depending on how new the curriculum was, I either had lessons online or through textbooks. It was essentially the exact same material I learned in public school, except of course, there was no one teaching it to me.
Why would I leave school right before senior year (also known as the best year)?
I've never identified with my classmates. I'm very passionate about my hobbies and despite my age, I take them very seriously and want to accomplish a lot and work for it. I don't regret not "having the best time at school" because I got the opportunity to do extraordinary things and graduate early. From what it seems, my classmates admire what I do, and I wouldn't say they feel like I'm missing out on anything because I'm living out my dreams. I rather miss out on an inside joke with my friends but get to travel to a foreign country. I'm still with my friends all the time; I can go to their prom, formal dances, and if I really want to I can visit them at lunch. So really, I'm not missing out on anything. I keep all the benefits of senior year (dances, prom, graduation), and take away the dreadful part (classes and teachers).
I decided to make the decision because I felt like I was wasting my time at school. I almost never came to my classes, my teachers never showed up and when I decided I should probably go to class, we ended up watching a movie. I just kept asking myself - "Why am I here??!" I knew I had better things to do.
What I got from homeschooling was total freedom. I could build my own schedule and work on my own. I worked until 5 am sometimes, just finishing unit after unit. Essentially, I got to finish high school early, which I would never be able to do if I wasn't home schooled (because the Ontario ministry doesn't allow it).
So there you have it, I'm a homeschooled jungle freak, but I'm a proud one at that. If you're interested in homeschooling, weigh out the benefits and costs, and then conduct a web search to see if it's possible in your country. If you want something bad enough and work for it, it will happen.