Whether you were only homeschooled for a year, your whole life, or something in between, there’s something different about transitioning to college after being homeschooled. Suddenly, you’re not home all the time. Your dad is no longer your history teacher, your mom doesn’t grade your homework. You’re surrounded by people you don’t know. Depending on the way you were homeschooled, college can feel completely different which can make the transition feel even more overwhelming. Don’t stress! We’ve got 6 helpful tips if you’re transitioning to college after homeschool.
Get Involved. Sometimes the best way to get started is to dive in head-first; find clubs on campus that interest you. You may find yourself surrounded by other students who were once homeschooled too.
Be Yourself. A lot of people try to hide the fact that they were homeschooled because of the negative stereotypes associated with that method of schooling, yet most people can’t tell the difference between someone who was homeschooled and someone who wasn’t unless they’re actually told. You don’t have to try to follow the status quo because you think you stand out too much.
Take Small Classes. Going from being the only student to one in a room of 30+ people can be a weird feeling to overcome. Opt for smaller class sizes your first few semesters to help you adapt; this is easiest to do if you know your major and can take major-specific classes, or if you go to a small college or university.
Practice Public Speaking. Regardless of your major, there’s a good chance that you will have to give a presentation at least once throughout your academic career. Additionally, most professors consider class participation as part of your grade, meaning you will have to speak in class. Seize whatever chance you can get to practice speaking in front of crowds; it may be uncomfortable at first, but eventually, it will come naturally.
Work on Time Management. If you ever doubled up on your homework one day so that your family could take a day trip, you probably already have a slight concept of this. However, your homework in college may not have such cut-and-dry time requirements. One course may only require an hour of out-of-class time a week while another course takes you upwards of five hours each week. It’s important to recognize how much time you actually need to get all of your work done and to give yourself that time.
Recognize you’re Not Alone. As you are transitioning to college, you are entitled to all the same benefits and activities as your peers. If you need additional assistance adjusting to classes or dorm living, there are resources available to you, and there’s no shame in reaching out.
Regardless of if you’re coming to college as a public-school or homeschool student, we recognize that the transition can be difficult. Starting college brings a sense of freedom, but also a lot of stress and responsibilities. It’s okay if you’re not the best student in your class. As long as you work hard, you’ll find that college can offer you so much more than classroom education.