So many moms are scared and nervous about college admission policies. Don't be! Policies are constantly changing, and that YOU can influence change in the positive direction! Be a positive force for homeschooling. Ask the question. State the obvious. Colleges WILL listen to you!
"Following a college tour today, we met with an admissions counselor to get specific details about their admissions policy for homeschoolers. He told me I needed this, that, and this other thing. I had to tell him that those items are not listed on their website, that we are not required to follow public school requirements, that school districts don't approve our schooling, and that verification from the state do not exist. He went to get clarification, printed out the exact webpage that I've already been following, and then thanked me for educating him. I replied that I was always happy to do that!
So glad this is my second time around, and I wasn't intimidated. And so glad for my friend Lee Binz, The HomeScholar for her advice over the years. Lee, life is easier because of you!" ~ Kristine
Wow! Great example of being kind and firm and proactive!! Moms, you need to know that it's not that hard to be assertive!
Make the change happen in your college community. By being assertive and asking for change, you can encourage colleges to become more homeschool-friendly. Sometimes clarifying questions will straighten things out. Sometimes explaining that homeschooling is independent of public schooling can help. Sometimes comparing homeschooling to private schooling can help. But almost always, a clear, honest dialog will help.
Simply asking them to check their policy may make a better situation for your child – and for all other homeschoolers as well.
PS. Kristine is actually a friend in real life, that I have known for well over a decade. It was such a thrill to read about her success!
I thinks it's great too, Susan! Sometimes you just need to speak reason to the college, LOL!
This is great! I have also had similar experiences with college admissions people who are really unfamiliar with homeschooling, or even with their school's policy on homeschooler admissions. Being open, polite, and well-informed has always given good results for me too. (Always important, once your student decides on a college to apply to, become very familiar with that school's requirements for homeschoolers). Thanks, Lee, for another helpful article.
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