I’m;in;college;now,;but;every;time;I mention;that;I’m;18;and;that;I’m;a junior in the same sentence, I get gasps;and;looks;of;disbelief.;People
and I can, with great gusto, announce
to graduate so early. My mother says
that it made sense from the standpoint of
that when I was a high school junior, my
best friend had decided to graduate early,
and begged my mother to let me graduate early, and after she got over the initial
my class schedule.
college classes online and doubling up on
those subjects that required twelve cred-its;to;graduate—like;English;and;Math.
This method allowed me to slowly transi-
tion to college without actually going to
college. My mother also let me choose
some of my own curriculum. I chose to
in tenth grade for English, and a stew-
ardship program instead of calculus for
accelerates education; I feel competitive,
First of all, I get awesome bragging
rights. Well, that’s more like a reward
and not a reason, but still, it counts in
I enjoy telling people about my home-schooling;career.;It’s;pretty;amazing;to
Then, along with those bragging rights,
I can also relate to and have friends of
all ages. (Some of my best friends are
thirteen and forty.) While in the dual-enrollment program, I was actually with
my own age group because of the “early
adult students in my classes.
that it is much cheaper, especially since
ing general education courses saved me a
lot of money and gave me time to explore
my options through various electives. I
eventually settled into my chosen major,
Education, with a goal of teaching Eng-
lish. I remember my career aspirations
and major bouncing from meteorol-
ogy to journalism to communications to
English to novelist to high school English
teacher at a deaf school.
My mother will mention at some point
that the real reason she sent me to community college first was because she
thought I was too young to be living in
and foremost among them being I have
have had two years ago.
of homeschooling. Many of my community college courses covered topics I had
studied in previous years, or assigned a
course load that I found appallingly easy.
As a result, I found more time for plea-sure;writing,;work,;and;hanging;out;with
friends—online and face to face.
As you can see, many reasons exist
that, for me, graduating from high school
run into several reasons being a young
graduate was a bad idea.
I was always the youngest in my com-
Bethany and Meghan LeBedz
at her home graduation in