So you Homeschooled through Highschool
Now you're at the same crossroads myself and many other Homeschoolers have reached. "What the heck do I do now?" It's a tough question, and I don't have the "right" answer for you. But I do have my chosen answer and so far I like how it's turning out!
My Homeschooling experience has really been more like Unschooling or really Self-schooling. Sure my folks had some mandatory work for me, but for the most part, I directed most of my own learning. Since I turned thirteen I have practiced a habit of researching my current interest until I'm happy with my level of knowledge, which generally entails an excessive level of detail!
After I turned eighteen, I started getting the obligatory college questions "what school do you want to go to?" and "what are you planning to major in?". So I turned my researching skills onto the subject of "college". I realized a few things. First, I think we can all agree that college has become comically expensive. Scott Galloway CEO of L2 Inc and Professor at NYU Stern shows that over the last twenty years, the college industry has increased in cost by roughly 1000% with little to no innovation*. I would add that many degree paths' potential for return on investment has significantly fallen at the same time. According to Forbes, the median earnings for Liberal Arts graduates is $30,000 per year, with an average cost of between $30-$50,000 annually. Ultimately I realized, that many of the people I know have only really used their degrees to get in the door, but then have spent much of their careers doing something entirely different. Why spend so much money and time on something that has a reasonably high likelihood of losing much of its value later in your career?
Armed with my research, I opted-out of going to college, which allowed me to spend the last four years, maturing, feeding my research addiction, building a freelance web design and branding business, consulting as a social media manager, and helping my parents' with their agritourism venue. These experiences helped me grow my skills while also giving me the chance to observe my friends deal with the many inanities of the college system. One of the most important things I learned was that at eighteen, I really wasn't qualified to choose a method of schooling that could dictate large chunks of my career and would place me in debt for years to come. I'm still not. I'm a radically different person than I was when I turned eighteen and the degree I would have chosen back then has very little to do with the path I'm on now. I know that in five years I will be a different person yet again, and that's okay. People change, it's what we do.
But at the beginning of 2016 I was starting to feel like I needed to take the proverbial "next step" in my career.
So at the end of October I found Praxis, and it was like a puzzle piece had slotted into place. They offer the opportunity to aid in building and improving skills that will help me in a career I'm passionate about and then help me learn how to market them. They are helping me to build an education that can evolve and grow with me as I continue my lifelong self-schooling!
Finally, and most importantly, I have gotten access to the most amazing group of mentors and peers. In my opinion, the community alone makes Praxis the right choice for me and maybe for you too!
* Check out Prof. Galloways quoted lecture Here!
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