Homeschoolers are as diverse as public school students, and their careers vary greatly once they’ve graduated from home education. Whether they end up joining the army or becoming a fashion designer, homeschool programs allow students with special interests to follow their passions early on.
According to a study conducted by Michael Cogan at the University of St. Thomas, nearly 10 percent more homeschool students graduated from college than their peers.
"The flexibility that homeschooling gives you, you can leverage that into getting all sorts of opportunities," Jesse Orlowski, an 18-year-old homeschooler from San Diego, said to U.S. News. "Seize the day by using homeschooling as a springboard to college admissions."
Orlowski was homeschooled from the age of 3, which allowed him to explore his passions for math and science. After convincing a high-level electrodynamics professor at a San Diego university, Orlowski helped the professor with research projects.
Honing in on talents is a huge benefit for other homeschoolers, like East Brainerd, Tennessee, teen Brandon Carruth, who was invited to New York City’s Fashion Week in September to showcase his fall/winter line.
The 15-year-old developed his passion at 13, and surprised his mother with professional caliber sketches of his clothes, reported the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He began designing women’s couture clothing in January 2012. Carruth says the self-management skills he learned as a homeschooler allowed him to be his own manager, publicist and creative director.
Another homeschooler, from Arkansas, took advantage of homeschooling by graduating high school at 14, according to the Mineola Monitor. Jedidiah Allen went on to earn a bachelor of science in biology with cum laude stature from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and then joined the army to serve his country.
Allen was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army on May 11, one day before graduating from college. Allen also plans to go to dentistry school in the fall at the University of Texas-Houston School of Dentistry.