So for a number of reasons, I've been considering doing online school. My anxiety has been getting pretty bad, keeping me from being able to do my work in class. Working around people, however irrational it may be, makes me extremely nervous, and due to this I've been bombing tests and such lately, no matter how well I know the material. I just completely blank.
Unfortunately, due to the fact that my parents don't really care to get involved with emotional issues, I can't really get help with it until I'm 18, which will be about 2 years. Besides, even if it could I don't have the time to let my grades suffer at this point. I guess I could always go back if I get my anxiety issues resolved before high school is over.
Also, I've recently gotten a job on a fairly decently-sized website as one of the main programmers, (few couple hundred-thousand members ... you can't even imagine how thrilled I was when I got the offer. It literally made my life~) and mine is starting to take off. While I understand school should always come before these projects, it would be nice to have a little more time to work on them. P: It would also let me graduate on time: my mom had me held back as a kid because of my anxiety, and I'd REALLY like to be in the right grade for once. I feel like it'd be easier for me to get the credits to do so with the more flexible schedule online school provides.
The only problem I really have is the lack of social interaction that could likely take place if I do online schooling -- I'm finally at least getting over the social part of my anxiety, and now this happens! :/ I was thinking maybe I could go visit my current friends at lunch if the school approved every now and then, and join clubs of some sort. Maybe volunteer some other places with people my age, or get a more traditional job with short hours. If I'm able to save up for a car this summer, that is haha.
So yeah, pretty much just wondering what online school is like, especially for those of you who previously attended regular school. Did you miss the social interaction? If so, how did you deal with it? Were there any sorts of clubs/groups that you joined outside of school? If so, what?
Also, how can I get my parents a little more warmed up to the idea? At the moment, even me asking to go to a different school gets them all fired up. They have it in their heads that the private school I'm going into is the best thing ever for me, but at the moment it's really not.
Maybe the recent drop in my grades will be the thing that gives them a reality check.
Can't use the anxiety as an excuse -- they don't want to take the diagnoses seriously, or even accept that I'm not alright. It's sort of complicated.
Also, what do colleges think of online schools? My dream is to get into a fairly decent technology school despite how bad I've screwed up this year (I might be screwed now, but imo it's /always/ worth a shot) ; thinking of a few particular ones in the top 50.