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Hey, parents! This forum sparked my interest.. After reading a bunch of posts, I realized how perfect homeschooling seems for me. I am a rising junior and I have many interests (environmental studies/science, writing, photography, dance, music, theater, languages, filmmaking, history) I have recently begun involvement in extra curriculars that are outside of school with tremendous opportunity.. Unfortunately, school gets in the way of further pursuing these opportunities.
I have attended a low-ranked public school for the past two years and I've been absolutely miserable. The teachers seem to have no interest in the subject which they're teaching nor do they seem to care about their students. I have no interest in taking Precalculus, Calculus, Gym, nor do I have interest in being surrounded by kids who sneer at students with passion. I despise the competitiveness in seeing who can take the most APs without having a mental breakdown or who can rack up the most presidencies in clubs that achieve nilch.
I am in the midst of applying to a really great private school. I've been excited about attending for the past couple of months. There is a spot open for me - I just need to finish answering some essay questions. The student body seems very artistic and creative, as well as friendly and open-minded. I'd have to take a train ride to school every day, which actually seems exciting to me. The downsides are the price: $36K/year plus taxes.. I feel terrible doing this to my father who already pays $50K/year for my brother's college education. Also, I'd love to pursue the things that I list at the bottom of this post, which I would definitely not have time for with the 5+ hours of homework/night that the school says I will have.
I have 2 problems. First of all, I earned poor grades in the past two years. I was always #1 in my class and labeled as the "smart girl", a name that I once resented! In the 7th grade, my social life soared. I went out nearly every day of the week and stopped caring about school. Honestly, I'm happy that I got that over with then instead of in high school..I had some great experiences which I don't regret. Anyway, I, my parents and my teachers all know I'm capable of much more than I have been showing. I earned a 3.4 UW average in the 9th grade and I believe that my 10th grade average is around a 3.5. I'm a perfectionist. These numbers depress and frustrate me because I know that I could achieve so much more if I was not so stressed and unhappy.
I was, and still am, dealing with some serious familial problems which weigh down on me constantly. I had extreme difficulty focusing on seemingly-pointless schoolwork when I had so much else to worry about. In addition, I stopped hanging out with the 'popular' group in my freshman year because I didn't want to become like them.. I wanted to be independent. Due to this, I've had social issues for the past two years as well. My school has a tiny percentage of Honors students, leaving not many people to become friends with. I haven't had much luck, which, as you can guess, leaves me feeling terribly alone.
I'm worried that I will miss out on all of the fun social aspects of attending this private school. I crave a best friend and a boyfriend.. This is the only thing that makes me feel unsure about becoming homeschooled or "unschooled".
Also, how would I prove my academic capability to colleges? My dream schools at the moment are Yale, Dartmouth, and top LACs. What's better- to take online or CC courses? Edit: Actually, I think that I would be allowd to take classes at UCONN.
I have a feeling that my parents will be very apprehensive to this idea..
Please offer feedback, thoughts, and advice. From what I tell you, do you think that homeschooling is right for me? I feel like it is.
These are the things that I dream of doing:
Become more involved in the environmental NGO that I work for and work on the media aspect as well as attend climate change and biological diversity conventions, commissions and summits at the U.N and in Japan, South Africa, Denmark, Mexico, Brazil...
Get back to acting in local theater productions
Take voice, piano, continue guitar, and resume ballet lessons
Get an agent/Audition for film
Volunteer at the Bruce Museum (a wonderful arts and science museum!)
Write short stories, plays, children’s books and the novel that I've been itching to write
Start my environmental youth activism group
Become more involved as unpaid intern for the city waste/recycling department
Become trilingual..Improve my Spanish and learn French [my dad/his side of the family's first language]
Go on trips and hikes and take amazing photography
Tutor Spanish-speaking immigrant children and/or low-income/inner-city children
Take a filmmaking workshop and practice
Spend more time with my family
Become a freelance writer (write for magazines, newspapers, and literary journals)
Take SAT Subject Tests in Latin, Spanish, French, Biology, Literature and U.S History