Hindsight is 20/20. Usually, this revelation comes too late to help! But what if you could learn from someone else’s experience? This week on Home School Heartbeat, five homeschool alumni join Mike Farris to discuss what they did—or wish they had done—to prepare for college.
Today, our guest on the program is Eric Johnson, who’s a homeschool graduate who attended Southeastern Louisiana University. Eric, thanks for joining me.
Thank you, it’s an honor.
Eric, academic preparation is a big consideration for families who are homeschooling through high school. Were there any areas where you wish you had been more prepared for college?
I do wish I had done more reading at the classical works of literature, such as Dante’s Inferno, Homer’s Odyssey, and The Epic of Gilgamesh. Most of my classmates in our freshman English class had already read these and so were able to jump right into the discussion and class assignments. These books were all new to me so I felt a bit left out at first. The same thing happened in my philosophy class when we read things like Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis. Pretty much the only classics I ever read in high school were books by Charles Dickens.
Were you able to catch up easily?
Yes, sir, I did. I was used to studying hard and caught up with the reading and class assignments within a few weeks. It helped that I simply love to read a good book.
Are there any other books that you would suggest that a family might consider adding to their curriculum?
Well, I’d certainly start with books like Pilgrim’s Progress, and other older books that show the epic tale and show journeys and travels, maybe even going into Lord of the Rings.
Eric, thanks so much for sharing with our listeners. I’m Mike Farris.