Do homeschool students have what it takes to succeed in the armed forces? Today on Home School Heartbeat, Mike Smith talks with a homeschool graduate whose career plans include the United States Marines.
Today I'm talking to Zach Martin, who was homeschooled all the way through high school. Zach, you decided to join the Marines during your senior year at Patrick Henry College. Did your homeschool background affect your ability to join the Marine Corps?
Mr. Smith, it only affected it in a very good way, because it taught me how to learn on my own. The Marines are looking for leaders just like any of the other branches of the military, and they need people that can teach themselves, that are motivated, and that know how to pick up things and do them on their own, to explore new interests, to accept responsibility, and take control of their destiny in a biblical way.
Ok, Zach. Let me ask you this: How has your homeschooling prepared you for this new step then?
As a homeschooler, and through high school, I pretty much taught myself. So it was up to me to decide what was important, it was up to me to find that information, to sort it out, to learn it, and to then figure out how to use it in real-life applications. And that's what the Marine Corps is looking for. They're looking for people that know how to teach themselves and that can take that knowledge and put it to use. And homeschooling taught me to do that very well.
Well, Zach, thank you for being here with us today. We appreciate so much your joining us and sharing with us about your entering the military. And until next time, I'm Mike Smith.