From High School Notes
College prep is typically built into traditional high school curricula, but can take some extra effort in a home-schooled environment. Parents don’t have a guidance counselor on hand to walk them through the necessary steps, and college recruiters probably aren’t setting up booths in your kitchen over the lunch hour.
US News & World Report offered the above article and another Sheehy piece last year on homeschooled teens’ prospects getting into college. Yesterday’s post went into the many online resources, such as massive open online courses (MOOCs).
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“I had a lot of time to pursue outside interests … to really zone in on things,” Orlowski says. “If I wanted to make something happen I usually could, with a little wiggle room.”
Extracurricular activities were not the only opportunities Orlowski seized. The flexibility of home schooling allowed him to focus on his passions: math and science.
As a junior, Orlowski convinced a physics professor at San Diego State University to let him sit in on an upper-level electrodynamics class. He later helped that professor with research projects.
“I can go out and say, ‘OK, what class do I want to take, from what professor, at what college in San Diego?’ and then I just go out and try and contact them,” he says. “Most people would be skeptical at first and then I’d meet with them and they’d say, ‘Alright, let’s give this a try.’”
More Homeschool to College resources are available at our website. As Jesse Orlowski proves in the excerpt above, many educational possibilities don’t require a traditional path to find and live your passions.