THE NEW ROUTINE — College Through the Eyes of a Homeschooled Girl

By JENNAFER CHLOE BOHNE Campus Press Writer and Columnist

(ORIGINALLY POSTED in OCTOBER 2014 EDITION)

Every year, on the first Monday of September, Labor Day comes around. And while for most of the adult population it means a day off from the office, for the teenage population it signifies the last taste of summer’s freedom for the next one hundred and eighty days.

Tomorrow’s New Day Tomorrow will be the day when teenagers hit the snooze button on their alarm, because it’s only six-thirty AM. Tomorrow is when teeth will be gritted through ice cold showers, and breakfast will lay untouched in an unavoidable haste to make it to the bus on time. You’ll have a new class schedule, new teachers, and new lockers, but in the end, it’s all the same. You’ve done it your whole life. You’re used to the yearly routine, and all that comes with it, and though you may not necessarily enjoy it, you’d be lost and confused without it

Now, imagine this: You wake up, lazily make your way to the kitchen, pour yourself some coffee, make a bowl of cereal, and sit at the table in your comfy PJ’s. After you’ve finished breakfast, you slowly make your way back towards the bedroom, where you ultimately decide “Eh, I think I’ll stay in my pajamas”, and head toward the living room. In there, a tall bookcase stands, filled with this year’s curriculum. Books on geometry and biology fill your left arm, while books on the American Civil War, Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet”, and ASL 101 fill the right. You stay homeschooldayin there for a couple of hours, working on kingdom classifications and writing essays, when your little sister runs into room and wants help with her own homework. This is what it’s like to be homeschooled. We take our days one step at a time, with flexible work schedules, and plenty of laundry and loading the dishwasher in between.

Homeschooling: The Facts If you haven’t already guessed, I’m homeschooled myself. I have been homeschooled my entire life. Now, there have been plenty of controversies involving homeschooling — whether it’s aimed at our level of intelligence, or how often we can experience a “social life”. Well, I’ll say right now, it’s all true. And it’s all false, too. Because homeschooling is not the same in every household. You’ve been trained to learn since the very beginning when your parents taught you your first words. You know how to learn, and more importantly, you crave to learn! You learn everywhere you go, whether it’s just someone’s name or an occupation. Maybe you attend a movie in which you obtain a story, or you’re shopping and you come across a new product. It can be anything; it can be anywhere!  Everything depends on the person (or persons) who are homeschooling, and on the person being homeschooled. I have friends who are also homeschooled, and their parents don’t allow much contact with anyone outside of homework. Whereas another friend (also homeschooled) visits with friends almost every weekend, and talks with them through the week.

On Studying, Seeing Friends, and Bullying As for me, I spend my week days studying, participating in sports or music lessons, and, unless I put off some extra homework, I see my friends on the weekend. I have undergone some mild bullying in reference to my being homeschooled, but haven’t had it as bad as others. Still, it has only given me even more motivation. And now, because of that motivation, I am not only in my junior year of high school, but also a freshman at Camden County College. So, as you make the transition from high school to college, there’s a sense of nostalgia that
comes with it. It’s scary, yes, because you’re now considered an adult and expected to act and keep up with life as one. Still, in the end, you’ll be walking into a classroom with textbooks and sitting with other students, absorbing information that will shape the future you choose. For someone who has spent her whole life learning from the kitchen table in her PJ’s, making the transition to a classroom and a college classroom, at that, has been very interesting.

Embracing a New Routine and Life I’m not yet used to this lifestyle, but I’ve come to accept, embrace, and, overall, love it! It’s refreshing! I have friends who are homeschooled, who attend public school, and those that go to private school, and it feels no different meeting and making friends here at the College. Now, of course there are some scary aspects, but overall it’s exciting,

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