If you did not know already, I am home schooled and have been for my whole life, 14 years. While I love homeschooling and would not have it any other way, I have realized, while meeting people who have gone to public school, that there are some downsides to homeschooling.

-I get to work at my own pace. While I have to still get enough credits and complete the grade, I am able to work quickly and get it over with or go slowly and get it better ingrained in my mind.

-I am able to be more involved with my family and friends, who are all homeschooled as well. It may just be me, but because I do not have to work so long and hard on school, I am able to put that time into friendships and relationships.

-I do not have as many acting/music/sport opportunities. It was very hard for my to find a place that accepted homeschoolers who are interested in acting. Thankfully, I was able to find one which I love. I was also able to find music opportunities, but one thing that I am lacking is sports. I have always loved sports, but there are no opportunities where I live for homeschoolers to participate in track & field, baseball, or sports like that.

-I have a selected group of friends. I have church friends and studio friends and that is it. I wish I could meet kids that go to the local public school, but, unfortunately, I am not involved with the public schools at all.

Overall, I love homeschooling and would highly recommend it to you if your parents or guardians allow you to. One thing I do want to give an honorable mention to is the fact that I still have to do as much school as any schooler. If you go to public school, I have to do as much school as you, but I have the ability to complete faster and sooner.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. I hope you enjoyed it and learned something from it!

-Aleah Riehl