Today was a great day because my article made the front page of my college’s newspaper. I was walking on air today. I felt famous, accomplished, on top of the world. Then I realized why I was so excited: I missed out. I’m ashamed to say that because I was homeschooled, I never got to write for my school’s paper. There is a common concern among family and friends of homeschoolers that homeschooled children are missing out on the joys of public school. Prom, sports teams, debate, theatre, you name it, people are pretty sure homeschoolers don’t have it.
I don’t know about your experience with being homeschooled or with your homeschooled acquaintances, but my homeschooling community successfully provided volleyball, basketball, theatre, choir, band, cross country, and even a senior formal dance (we call it “prom”). Contrary to popular belief, homeschoolers CAN and DO participate in many of the activities provided by a public school; we often just have smaller groups. I played basketball and volleyball for six years, sang in choir on and off for about three years, and watch my little sister in all her theatre productions to this day.
So, despite my sorrow at not having the opportunity to write for a school newspaper before I came to college, today I have realized just how much I have been able to do because I’m homeschooled. Don’t worry, homeschoolers have just as many, or more opportunities as kids in public school.