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While I’ve Been Away…

I’ve been away from my blog for a while, and I really don’t have a reason other than that blogging hasn’t been a major priority.  I’ve kind of missed writing and sharing bits of my life and my thoughts on topics, but it is what it is, right?  In any case, here are some of the things that have happened since I last wrote on my blog (which was in September 2016).

  • I visited NYC for Christmas.
  • I’ve been acing all my classes.
  • I got a part-time job in a coffee shop.
  • I celebrated my 3 year anniversary with my girlfriend.
  • I’ve been accepted to two colleges so far.

There’s more mundane things that have happened over the past 7-8 months, but nothing worth mentioning.

Even though I’m waiting to hear back from a few colleges, I’m fairly certain I know where I’ll be attending in the fall.  It’s near my girlfriend’s hometown and she has also been accepted to that university already.  And I already have my major picked out – computer science/information technology – as that’s what I’ve been doing on my own over the years.  The nice thing is that thanks to the Dual program I’m in at my online school now, I’ll already have an Associate’s Degree and general education classes will be knocked out already.  I could probably graduate with my Bachelor’s within two years if I wanted to.

I think I’m going to take my time though.  I’m young, and in no rush to become a “full adult” anytime soon.

So, that’s what’s been going on with me.

How have you been?


Realization

Last month I finished my final set of online classes for my junior year.  I’m officially a senior.  It’s weird to say that.  I still feel like I’m a clueless 11-year old sometimes… now I’m 17 and going into my last year of school.

For anyone new here, this also means that I’m just about halfway done with my Associate’s Degree because the program I’m allows the coursework of my classes to count for college credit.  This means it’s a little more advanced, but I’ve handled it well the past year.  I also have to take two classes this summer to stay on track, math and a finance business course.

It’s a weird combo I have going on here – I’m a senior in high school and a sophomore in college.

Crazy, right?

But since last week I’ve been thinking a lot about the future.  I guess it’s normal for a 17-year old who is about to enter senior year and has been looking at what colleges to apply to.  It’s a little scary though.  Even though I pretty much know what I want to do, I’m still scared.  I have all these decisions to make and soon I’ll have forms to fill out.

I’m just grateful that I have six older siblings to help me with all of this.

My classes don’t start until July, so I’ve had the majority of May and all of this month off to enjoy summer.  Although, it’s not like taking classes during July and August will ruin summer.  First of all, it’s only two classes and they’re online.  That’s the best thing about online school… I can still go places and even get work done early in the week so I don’t have to worry about it later.

So, yeah, that’s what’s going on with me right now.  How are the rest of you doing?

sly


Hello… it’s me.

My girlfriend got me hooked on that song.  I resisted the hype the best I could.

But it’s a good song… I can’t deny that.

Anyway, I’m stopping by because I haven’t been blogging frequently.  I’ve been quite busy lately, and blogging just ended up on my back burner.  Between school, working and volunteering I’ve got a lot on my plate.  Plus I need to make time for myself, my family and my friends.

I’ve been reading a bit lately, mostly non-fiction books.  My favorite so far has been 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens… so if you’re a teenager you should definitely check it out.

I was also able to get my driver’s license… so get off the roads! (Ha.)  I’m planning on taking the SAT in May, so that’s another thing that’s been taking my time – you know, studying for it.

So how am I coping with all this on my plate?

Yoga.

I’m taking a yoga class once a week and do some in the morning now… before my morning run.  Running is another way I deal with all of this… it clears my head.

Maybe I’ll write a post about my morning routine within the next few weeks.

So… how are you?

sly


Taking a Gap Year is Beneficial

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In our society today, or at least in America’s, it’s normal to graduate from high school and go straight to college… or not.  You either go to college right away or not at all.  There isn’t really an in between that we recognize.  It’s common for a 17-18 year old in their senior year of high school to say, “I’m going to take a year off before I go to college,” but to my knowledge, 9 times out of 10 they never end up going to college.

I was one of those students who took a year off, and ended up going to college when the year was up.

From what I understand, in other countries it’s not unusual to take a year off between graduating high school/secondary school before going off to a university.  I was intrigued when I first heard of this concept at the end of my high school career, since I had always planned on going straight to college after graduation.  The problem with my plan was that I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to major in when I got there.  Since I didn’t want to end up changing majors later in college, or dropping out, and essentially wasting time and money, I decided to take a gap year to decide what I wanted to do.

During my gap year I ended up moving, three times, along with my twin brother and a few other people (cousins, friends…).  My twin and I, along with one of our younger brothers (the owner of this blog), ended up starting our own freelance photography business out of a common interest we share.  Right away I took charge and began planning out how it would work – what times we were available, possible locations to use, which types of photography we would specialize in due to our interests and skill, etc.  We are still doing a few jobs here and there, but now that I’m across the state from my brothers it’s not something that is on the top of our lists anymore.

But in doing that work to make our business work I realized something, I enjoyed the business planning more than I enjoyed the photography part of it.  I liked taking charge and planning out how our business would work, then doing what needed to be done to make it work.  When this came to light, I started looking into business programs at different universities before deciding on one that had a program I liked, and applied.  I started at the university in January and have not looked back.

So I actually took a little over a year off, but by the time I realized what I wanted to do, it had been a year, then I had to go through the researching and applying process.  And let me tell you, it was nothing that I expected to be interested in or end up studying in college.

Taking a gap year can be one of the most beneficial things a person my age does.  It helps you to gather perspective on what it is you want to do with your life.  I say, if you’re unsure of what you want to do after high school, take a year and just explore your interests.  Or, just take one or two classes at a community college that might interest you.  Anything to help you see where you want your life to go and if college is the way to get there.

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Double Workload

We’re now back into that time of year where everyone is back to school, including myself.  Though to be fair, I started school again earlier this month… and this school year is going to be different for me.

I mentioned at one point that I have been accepted into my online academy’s Dual Enrollment program where I can take college level courses during my last two years of homeschooling.  At the end of high school, I will have not only a high school diploma, but also an Associate Degree in General Studies.  As such, my workload for school will be a bit more than usual, but I know I can handle it and I’m up for the challenge.

That said, my first two college-level courses are already halfway over.  I am taking Math and English, which for my high school credit are going down as Advanced Placement courses.  The good thing about this dual enrollment program is that the courses I’m taking for the Associate Degree will knock out most, if not all, of my general education requirements I’ll need for when I pursue a Bachelor’s after high school.

Why am I telling you all this?  Well, I just wanted to give you the reason in advance why I will not be posting as frequently as I have been over the past few months.  School has to come before blogging, but I definitely do not intend on leaving blogging entirely.

So I just want to wish luck to all my fellow students good luck this school year, no matter the grade or level of higher education.  Maybe I’ll even post some survival tips of school and what it’s like to be a home-schooled student in an online program.

sly


Good Things Are Happening

I’m just going to get straight to the point and tell you what’s been going on.

First of all, for those of you who don’t know, I am home-schooled enrolled in an online high school.  This high school happens to be an academy that sprouted off of a large Christian University in our country.  So I am able to work at my own pace, as fast or as slow as I want depending on the amount of classes I want to take each semester.

Anyway, the news pertaining to my schooling is that I have been accepted into the academy’s EDGE Dual Enrollment program – which is a program for the high school juniors and seniors to start earning college credit while finishing their high school diploma.  At the end of the program, so long as I complete all the required courses, I will have an Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies the same time I finish my high school diploma.

The second thing that has happened is that I got a job.  I know I’ve been doing freelance photography and graphic/web design for the last 6 months or so, but one of the clients I had assisted creating a web page with knew someone with a design company and gave them my name.  I got a call about two weeks ago to come in and talk to the guy about possibly working with him.  When I went in to meet him, he offered me a paid part-time intern position – and of course I took it!  So now I get to go in the office twice a week and get paid for something I love to do as well as learn even more about it from the professionals who work there!

Needless to say, I am really loving how everything is working out right now.  Sure, the internship isn’t paid much and is very short hours, but I’m getting to learn at the same time so I really can’t complain.

I hope things are going great for the rest of you as well.

sly