Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Preparing for College

We've been homeschooling our 3 youngest since they were old enough to start school.  In some ways it's been a long road.  In others, it's been such a short time. I'm starting to see the end of this journey with my two high schoolers. Colleges and universities have been a topic of conversation in our home recently. There was a time when I was concerned as to whether our kids would have a hard time being accepted to the university of their choice.  Over the years, though, the homeschooling community has grown by leaps and bounds. Over the years homeschoolers have proven themselves well beyond competent for colleges. Over the years homeschoolers have proven themselves to be prepared for college, the workforce, or for service in the military.  Today, some universities are actively recruiting homeschoolers.  Some employers prefer to hire homeschoolers because they are generally  reliable, diligent and trustworthy.

We live in a big city with several homeschool-friendly colleges and universities.  Of course, I'm hoping they will stay home or close to home by choosing one of these schools. In the meantime, I'm educating myself in preparing transcripts.  I'm reading up on tips and guidelines on planning for college. We're also preparing the kids for the ACTs and/or SATs they will be taking.  We're starting by signing up our daughter for a course on essay writing for standardized tests.  Our daughter has already started dual enrolling at our local college.  Unlike me at that age, she has a pretty good idea of what she wants to study.  Our son has a couple of options he's considering, but he still has time. We're praying that God will guide them as they make their choices for schools and careers. 

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