Five Ways Being Homeschooled Helped Me Excel in College By Rebekah Bell
The summer of 2009 found my dad and me embarking on a 1,200-mile trip across prairies, through deserts, and into a suburb of Los Angeles, where I would be attending a private university. During the twenty-four-hour trek from Kansas to California, I had plenty of time to mull over the typical questions that college-bound students ask themselves: Will I make friends? Will I be good enough for the program? As someone who had been homeschooled through high school, there was one more lingering thought: Will I be as prepared as my public-schooled peers?
Throughout high school, I had encountered many naysayers who questioned whether homeschooling could adequately prepare me for college, from the overly nosy
hygienist at my dentist’s office to the local high school admissions counselor, who
refused to give scholarships to homeschooled students. Their skepticism made me wonder if homeschooling could truly prepare me to be a well-adjusted, competent college student.
It’s been a year since I graduated from college, and I can officially say that the
skeptics were wrong. Homeschooling not only prepared me for college, but it also enabled me to excel. There are five reasons why this is true:
1. Homeschooling taught me to value learning.
One of the main things my parents emphasized while home-educating my siblings and me was that learning is an enormous privilege and responsibility. Education should never end when a person receives a diploma but rather continue to deepen throughout his lifetime. Homeschooling not only taught me about worthwhile subjects such as math and history, but it also taught me about the necessity of cultivating a learning-centric mindset and growing daily in
“knowledge and depth of insight” (Philippians 1:9)
Homeschooling is not a money-back guarantee that a student will value learning. It affords an opportunity to partake in a challenging and rewarding form of education, but students must consciously choose to be good stewards of this gift. Because of homeschooling, I learned to appreciate the gift of learning, which meant that I took my education seriously in college. Rather than complaining about general education requirements, I enjoyed the opportunity to deepen my knowledge of the world in which I live. Hard work and dedication have continued to pay off as I pursue my current goals.
2. Homeschooling taught me to be self-motivated.
Being homeschooled enabled me to actively participate in my education. Rather than having a teacher who set all deadlines for me, I was responsible for completing projects on my own in a timely manner. Instead of waiting for someone to tell me what to do, I took responsibility for my own growth. This mentality of initiative and independence served me well on the collegiate level. I finished assignments ahead of time instead of waiting until the last minute, which meant I turned in high-quality work instead of half-hearted attempts. I met with professors to gain feedback and insight as I considered career options. I pursued