Ashley Townsend is the author of Rising Shadows. Ashley was homeschooled throughout her childhood and is a great homeschooling success story.
Ashley has the following to say about her homeschooling experience–
One of the largest concerns that people have over homeschooling is the belief that kids won’t be properly socialized or experience activities if they are educated at home. But, my experience was completely the opposite! I was not only involved in extracurricular activities, such as after school sports, but I was also part of large homeschool groups, and I had many friends who went to public school, so I never missed out on socializing. I spent time with kids my own age, but I also learned how to relate to adults. I feel like I grew up a little wiser because of it. Learning to interact with adults at a young age has benefited me in my life and my career, and I am grateful that I know how to communicate and express ideas to my publicists and editor; it’s a relief to be able to conduct business without feeling intimidated!
Even after being homeschooled my whole life, I never felt out of place in college or behind in college, even when I was a high school junior taking classes with the “big kids.” I was relieved to discover that I was actually ahead in my classes, especially foreign language and English. I was repeatedly asked to help others with their Spanish homework and English essays–I never quite had the heart to tell them that I was still in high school.
The only thing that really surprised me when I went to college was the lack of family unity. My friends in class were all shocked to hear that my parents had been married for twenty-eight years, they had never tossed any of their girls out on their behinds–even when it took a lot of effort to get us to respect the house rules–and my classmates were even more flabbergasted over the fact that I actually liked spending time with my family. I wasn’t aware of it at the start of college, but after a while I began to realize that I had been blessed with the time I spent with my family; it made us stronger as a unit.
Sometimes I wonder if my mom hadn’t taken the time to homeschool me, would I have had the time to be creative and ultimately find the time and motivation to write? It’s amazing to think that the way I was brought up and educated could have such a large impact on my career and future as an author. I hope that this passion for reaching others through the written word will be able to impact kids and young adults to not settle for less than God’s best.
Take a look at Ashley’s book–it’s always nice to support a homeschooler!
Besides, books are fun–and fun learning is forever learning!