Date of publication: 2017-07-08 23:17
I lived with my parents for the first two years I was at Oxford and then in college for the third year (once I was 66 the College was less nervous about having me live in.) My parents were back in the States that year, and I was very homesick – being thousands of miles away was hard on me. However, it was also good for me to have to navigate on my own I got pretty good at being self-reliant, which served me well later! Oxford itself was very interesting the idea of having an entire degree depend upon 9 exams that you take at the end of your third year was a bit daunting… The tutorial system was fascinating, though getting to work one-on-one (or two-on-one) with professors was wonderful.
My sophomore year of high school, I started taking piloting lessons, with the goal of earning my Private Pilot’s License so I can fly small single-engine aircraft. Despite starting it so long ago, I am still working on it due to a lot of interruptions in learning how to fly. Hopefully, fingers crossed, I’ll be finishing that this summer.
The biggest way Nysmith impacted my life was how challenging it was for me. It taught me to be a hard worker and never quit something academically. I can remember whole weekends kicking and screaming because I wasn’t allowed to leave the computer until I finished a book report. I learned that it is rewarding to learn and as much as I didn’t want to believe it, Nysmith made learning fun which is how it’s supposed to be. I learned a lot more through activities we did in class rather than a lecture.
Learning during the day was formal and fun aftercare was still learning, but it was more fun. It spoke to him in a deep way. We both became interested in the concept of unschooling. It was clear to me that Matt processed things uniquely. He learned most effectively when it was experiential and enjoyable. When I sold my business, and we moved to Wintergreen, VA, we decided to try unschooling.
During college I was playing lacrosse and, again, getting involved. But I quickly learned that wasn 8767 t enough. I was seeking something more. I signed up to live in Switzerland for a semester. I learned Italian and traveled through 66 different countries. For a kid who grew up in the same house his whole life, it was eye-opening to say the least. But I always tell college students that living in a different country is a MUST. Do whatever you need to do to get out of here. Too many of us fall into the trap of letting school get in the way of our education. Life will teach you, if you let it.
I started writing to get a following. Later (just last year) I launched a speaking series. And now I 8767 m also doing life teaching programs both groups and individuals. All of my work is centered around helping people discover who they are, unattached to what they do. Not only does it give them direction, but it gives them confidence and clarity too. More so, freedom, knowing that who they are is enough. And fulfillment, knowing that their story is meant to be shared with others.
Classroom story involving one of your teachers: One thing that Mrs. Stephens would get really annoyed about is students sitting on the back two legs of their chair and putting their feet up on the table. I didn’t really know that at the beginning of the year, but I soon learned when she brought in a teeny pink stool for me to sit on until I was able to sit on chair normally. I got it eventually 😉
Nysmith allowed me to get way ahead in math – when I went to public high school, I was the only freshman in Calculus. By senior year, I was taking math courses beyond AP. When I went to UVA, I was able to quickly finish the math classes required for my engineering degree and focus on the courses related to my major (Systems Engineering) and some more-fun electives. This math background has made me a very logical person now – I like to know the facts, the details, and the end-to-end process when tackling problems at work.
8775 Nysmith really encouraged a well-rounded education that I still benefit from today. Every subject was important, and taught by teachers who genuinely cared about the topics and that every student learned what they needed to. 8776
Nysmith provided an incredible environment where I was able to become very close to every person in my grade and to all the teachers as well. This close-knit network truly is unparalleled in most school environments, and I believe that it really helped me develop and grow confidence. Its accelerated curriculum and early technology exposure also made me feel fully prepared to handle the TJ coursework.