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First Love Blues
First Love Blues

"Remember that awkward part of your life when you experienced your first crush? And you kind of made an idiot out of yourself because you weren't sure how to act around them? That's okay. You were a teenager. Everyone has awkward moments during their teens. Okay, now imagine going through that same experience, but when you're twenty-one and supposedly old enough to know better."

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Potty Mouth
Potty Mouth

"16, I'm a junior but I'm enrolled in a community college full time now, but I was homeschooled up until this fall. One big thing is that people swear a LOT. Like, a ton for some people! We are of course never allowed to do that at home, and I guess I thought only people on the internet did it? Haha and random people are a lot friendlier than I thought they'd be, in general."

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Finding A Mentor
Finding A Mentor

"I got over the swearing thing due to playing Dungeons and Dragons with a bunch of foul mouthed dudes at the age of 13, the most foul mouthed of whom took it upon himself to be kind of my mentor of social skills. It was due to his constant badgering that I am able to put up with assholes on a day to day basis. I think the only reason I am able to be social at all is because of him. He largely shaped my personality and I will be forever grateful to him for being that big brother that I always needed."

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Who Are The Birds And The Bees?
Who Are The Birds And The Bees?

"I wasn't homeschooled but my roommate my junior year of college was. Her parents didn't believe in sex education and had sheltered her greatly up until this point (she had just transferred from a community college where she lived at home). She somehow made it to age 22 without having ANY idea of what sex was and I ended up having to give her the birds and the bees talk her second week in the dorms. Not something I ever imagined I'd have to do for a roommate and something that would never have happened had she gone to a traditional school."

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It's Normal
It's Normal

"When I was in high school, we had a new freshman on the cross country/track team who had been homeschooled to that point. She was very quiet, but also very nice. It was a small, all girls Catholic school and we looked out for each other, so she fit in. Anyways, she got her period during school. We were in the locker room changing for practice, and a friend of hers promptly said hey you need a tampon? And the girl didn't know what a tampon was. She then freaks out because she doesn't know why she's bleeding. She thinks she's dying. Myself and a team captain get her calmed down and take her to a bathroom with a shower and let her clean herself up and gave her the talk about periods and whatnot, and she seemed fine. The next day we were called to the office because her crazy mom wanted us to be reprimanded for corrupting her child with sinful heresy. We told her daughter what a period meant. Her 14 year old didn't even know that periods were a thing and thought she was bleeding out her ass. We weren't punished, but that girl was pulled from school. I wonder about her any time a homeschooling thread pops up"

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Just Trying To Fit In
Just Trying To Fit In

"I was socially isolated and extremely far behind on my education (didn't learn how to multiply and divide until 7th grade). This was all due to my mom being a control freak and general manipulator. Thankfully my parents divorced and my dad put me and my little brother in public school. I didn't know how to act around kids my age so I was super weird and didn't realize my actions would have repercussions. I was a real dick because of this and once I realized that no one liked me because of this I became extremely shut in and anti-social. I did my best to clean-slate my personality and tried to start from zero so that I could act like everyone else around me. It was extremely hard to learn this, but over the years I've gotten better. I caught up with my education and I've made friends along the way, but I'm still hit by a lot of social anxiety and general lack of confidence."

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Problems With The Basics
Problems With The Basics

"Not me, but my freshmen roommate in college was homeschooled until high school. She said some of the hardest parts were the little things, like passing papers down the line in a class room, that she never had to deal with before."

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The Pros And Cons
The Pros And Cons

"Pros: I learned to be able to socialize with any age group, not just those my age. I was able to pursue a lot of hobbies that I believe made me well rounded: music, gardening, and acting especially helped me later. And there wasn't anybody to bully me about what I liked. Or, if there were, I could easily avoid them. I was able to dually enroll in my local community college at 14, earning my associates degree very shortly after I got my diploma. This allowed me to transfer easily to a better 4 year school with less debt than I would've otherwise had.

Cons: Your parents control your materials. If there were topics they didn't want covered (e.g. evolution), you didn't cover them. I'm dubious about the legitimacy of my diploma. I don't know if my parents filled all the right paperwork. It's moot, since I have degrees, but it's a doubt I have. I could never really participate in athletics. Not because I didn't want to, or because there were no opportunities for homeschoolers to do so, but because my mom didn't see it as important, so she withdrew me from them when it inconvenienced her schedule. Oddly enough, acting didn't seem to interfere. I didn't really have much of a chance to learn how to socialize romantically. So I was behind the 8-ball there. I'm a bit better positioned now, but it took me a while to get my footing."

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Types Of Homeschooling
Types Of Homeschooling

Having been homeschooled and having met a lot of other homeschooled kids, I've realized there are three flavors of homeschooling: JESUS LITERALLY RAISED ME AND I HAVE SEEN THE FACE OF VIRGIN MARY NOW FUCK OFF WITH YOUR GAY EVOLUTION

MY PARENTS ARE IVY LEAGUE ENGLISH TEACHERS AND I READ THE ODYSSEY IN HOMER'S ORIGINAL GREEK WHEN I WAS SIX

MY PARENTS DIDN'T WANT TO DRIVE TO SCHOOL AND BACK OR PAY FOR TUITION SO THEY BOUGHT BOOKS INSTEAD"

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Those Pesky Lockers
Those Pesky Lockers

"I took extracurriculars in high school at a local private school and got assigned a locker. I literally had to stay one night and practice using it because I couldn't get it unlocked most of the time."

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A Few Blunders
A Few Blunders

"I was homeschooled up until college, and I definitely notice these little things. Stuff like walking in line, raising your hand before speaking, other really basic school etiquette that comes naturally for all my public-schooled classmates--I've committed a few blunders for sure."

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Homeschooling Gets A Bad Rap
Homeschooling Gets A Bad Rap

"My parents were very religious and homeschooled us. It worked out fine. Half of us are still religious, we learned all about science (my mom ended up working at a planetarium while we were homeschooled because we spent so much time there), we all got a first rate education. None of us did drugs, drank to excess, or had any kids. We also were very close and good at communicating. The older ones had to figure out some social stuff, but they did just fine in 'the real world' and they passed it down to the younger ones who have actually all been very popular. So 'religious' doesn't mean 'bad at home-school.'"

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Spreading My Wings
Spreading My Wings

"My mother isolated us and had an emotionally incestuous/codependent relationship with me. I knew really well how to act to the outside world of adults that we'd encounter at church, etc, but didn't have any friends my own age from 12-22. My mother thought friends were unnecessary and ultimately a bad influence on children. I went to college at 22, and my biggest learning curve was how in interact in a casual way, and I actually found that because I at first didn't know how to read social cues and come off as borderline autistic. The biggest real challenge has been personally overcoming my abuse, which presents similar to others who were isolated and/or had controlling parents. I have a lot of anxiety and depression. College was great but I feel like I lost many years to my mother, which resulted in overcompensation, binge drinking, depression, etc. I'm finally getting on an even keel now in my late 20s."

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What Are Pokemon?
What Are Pokemon?

"Most people are absolutely shocked to learn that I was homeschooled because I don't fit the stereotype at all. My biggest challenge is that I have a pop culture knowledge deficit for the years between 1990-2000. Most people my age (mid-20's) are able to bond over shared memories of Pokemon, Mario Kart, Disney movies, weird snacks, etc. I have none of that because I was raised with no TV, video-games, or much exposure at all to 90's pop culture."

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The Value Of Hard Work
The Value Of Hard Work

"Myself and my siblings have all been homeschooled because my oldest sister's 1st grade teacher was a moron. My parents said 'Screw that, we can do better.' They both have advanced degrees. I was part of a homeschool co-op, so had many friends through that. So socially, I don't think being homeschooled had much of an effect. My siblings are split between introverted and extroverted, so our social education was far from lacking. Homeschooling was a largely self-driven method of learning, so when I got to college and then my first job, I had no problems setting my own schedule and managing my workload, as well as pursuing what I wanted with abandon. I have practically nothing but good things to say about homeschooling, if, like ALL schooling, it is done properly and with the child's best interests at heart. It's definitely not for every child or parent, but I hope to homeschool some day myself."

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Image Issues
Image Issues

"Fellow homeschooled adult here. I completely understand about the huge backlash one receives just from the admittance of being homeschooled. Apparently, being homeschooled means I must have the social ability of a turnip and absolutely no idea how to adult. I've been in sports leagues, science clubs, music lessons and was heavily encouraged to discover the entirety of the world around me. My parents didn't homeschool me to shelter or distort my view, and I think that's where so many have been failed. If the focus of homeschooling is for religious or deprivation purposes, academics and social/emotional maturity take a huge backseat. I'm SO HAPPY to finally hear about someone else who wasn't homeschooled to their detriment."

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I Really Did Graduate
I Really Did Graduate

"I was able to graduate high school at 16 because I was homeschooled. My biggest challenge was convincing the financial aid office at college that I had really graduated. It took 4 months. They knew me when they saw me. All they needed was a diploma with a graduation date on it, which I printed myself. Every year I have to go back into the office and remind them of this fact."

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Odd Random Facts
Odd Random Facts

"Senior in college now, not actually an engineering major. Best parts: I know a lot more about random interesting stuff and have a broader HS education than other people I know, mostly because I was able to learn about stuff I cared about in school. I'm usually much less likely to be scared of saying what I think in class than people who've spent their entire school lives in classrooms where they had to shut up. Worst parts: My social skills are lacking because I didn't have friends my age during junior high and high school. Not really visible to others, I've learned, but I still feel like an idiot sometimes. Some teachers don't appreciate my candidness in class. Dating skills are shit. Not kidding. Had 2 girlfriends in school so far, both lasting less than 6 months, and honestly have no idea how I landed either of them, despite seemingly knowing exactly what I was doing while pursuing. I assume it's some sort of sixth sense that only activates when some part of my brain likes a girl enough to try. Test taking skills are also shit. As are study skills. Somehow going to graduate OK, but still have no idea how to study anything, really."

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Location, Location, Location
Location, Location, Location

"I'm still in college, so I don't know if that counts as the real world haha. I was just relieved when I started getting my first 'real' grades back and they were all good. Having to drive/bus to school instead of just walking downstairs is a pain though, not gonna lie."

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Some People Just Don't Get It
Some People Just Don't Get It

"Back when I went to take the SATs, I met a girl who was homeschooled all her life. I talked to her for a little while about her upbringing - I'm not really around homeschooled kids that much so I was interested - and eventually a boy joined in. When he found out she was homeschooled he asked her if she had any friends. Then asked if she was good at socializing with others. She said yes to both but he kept telling her that she must have had either no friends or 'weird' friends and that college would be a rude awakening to her. Our SAT was cut short when a fire alarm went off. So we came back a week later and I saw her again and she spent five entire minutes complaining to me about that boy. When she saw him she hid into the crowd to make sure he didn't see her."

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Allergic To The World
Allergic To The World

"I babysat a kid who was homeschooled because he was essentially allergic to the world and no school was able to accommodate his needs to his parents satisfaction. He was also tiny, so at the time that was probably the best decision. However, they kept him home schooled until HS. His parents are very educated people, they both had jobs where they could be home most of the day. He participated in tons of home school parenting groups so he got to socialize a lot with other kids. And his education was very focused on his interests. He learned a lot, and in a super fun way, and got a lot of opportunities that most kids dont. But it probably cost as much as private school. And in a big city with lots of activities for kids to do. With two very smart, attentive, social parents. So not everyone can have that advantage. He got accepted to an specialized HS that is joined with a college...then got accepted to a very good college (I think on an engineering scholarship) and seems to be doing great. I assume he will be running NASA any day now. Smart kid, fun to be around. Home school worked for him. His parents did a helluva job."

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