Home Schooled Teenagers And The Transition To College Life

Jan 24, 2014 | 8:00 am
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college lifeAccording to experts, the myths surrounding home-schoolers are mostly false and in fact most of them are well-prepped for college life.

From filling out financial aid forms and settling into a dorm room with two or more strangers, making the transition from high school to college can be a shock to them, even for the teenager that is completely put together. There are some that assume it would be even more jarring for the students coming from a home-schooled background.

The transition from home school to the college life can be daunting, especially for those lacking socialization skills. However, the students and parents from the community of home-schooled individuals state that the nontraditional method of schooling yields a population of students who are more independent and therefore much better prepared for what college life has to offer.

In 2010 there were approximately two million children being home-schooled, which accounted for nearly four percent of all school aged children. There are a number of studies that have shown that these children will outperform their public and private school peers if they opt to attend college.

Students that have come from a home school education also graduated from college at a much higher rate than their peers and they have earned higher grade point averages. Additionally, the misconception of unsociable behavior has been completely ousted with these studies. In fact, many students have more social skills that are adaptable to the real world than students entering college from a public or private school environment.

While this may counterintuitive since the home schooled students are not around other kids each day, may home schooled students play on sports teams or are involved in the community in other ways. Since home school students are spending less time in the classroom, they have a bigger opportunity to get out into the world and then engage with both adults and other teens. In fact, socialization is really a nonissue for homeschooled children.

The fact is, home schooled high schoolers account for their own time, deciding the activities they want to participate in, rather than having them structured by the school. This means in college these students choose their social and academic pursuits based on what they find meaningful and important, which draws in college admissions offices.

The fact is that the possibilities of showing all the different types of things that colleges are searching for, such as resourcefulness, confidence, curiosity and the ability to handle challenges, is all part of being a student coming from a home schooled environment.