Is your homeschooled student prepared for the different dynamic of a college classroom? Dual enrollment might be a great way to ease that transition for your child! Hear about one homeschool graduate’s experience, today on Home School Heartbeat with HSLDA President Mike Smith.
Elisa Bricker, a homeschool graduate, joins me today to continue our discussion of dual enrollment. Elisa, welcome to the program!
Hi, Mike! Thanks for having me!
Elisa, what did your dual enrollment experience look like?
Mike, I became a dual-enrolled student at Lord Fairfax Community College at 16. And at that time, I felt prepared to enter the community college system as a full-time student. But since I was underage and homeschooled, I didn’t fit neatly into any other category than dual enrolled. I wound up spending the last two years of high school at community college, carrying a full course load each semester, and graduated with high honors at 18 with two associate degrees, while my peers were finishing high school.
Well that’s wonderful, congratulations!
Did the group dynamic of being in a classroom did impact the way you learned or your attitude toward education in any way?
College was the first time I really interacted in a classroom at length. It made me appreciate the time my parents spent at home teaching me, because they prepared me to study and learn on my own. But I reveled in the classroom discussion—especially in history and literature classes—because that was the first time I had experienced a classroom dialogue.
Elisa thanks for sharing your experiences with our listeners today! Until next time, I’m Mike Smith.