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Student Showcase: Alison Ramos Homeschool Story – An Attorney in the Making

by Jessica Parnell | May 16, 2017 | 3 min read

Alison Ramos won the Bridgeway Blog Contest recently and shared with us her excitement to be a new homeschooler and her hopes and dreams for the future. This is Alison’s first year homeschooling, and she is a Junior in high school. “I’ve had a wonderful time learning with Bridgeway so far! My advisor and AP coordinator have been very helpful in the process of starting my homeschool journey.”

Alison entered the blog contest because she, “Thought it would be a great opportunity to do something I love, writing, and create more relationships with the staff at Bridgeway! I also thought it would be very fun to create blog posts and introduce myself to the blogging world, as it’s something unique that I’ve never really done before!”

As far as her studies go her favorite subjects are AP Composition and Literature and AP US History. “I enjoy learning, and I especially enjoy challenging myself with Advanced Placement courses. Growing up, I’ve had a passion for writing, which is why I like AP Comp and Lit. I also enjoy taking APUSH because of the essays and Document Based Questions that I frequently write to strengthen my writing skills. Since I am an aspiring law student, English/Literature, and History are two courses that aid in preparing me for law studies/law school.”

When asked what she is enjoying most about homeschooling Alison said, “One thing I most enjoy about homeschooling is being able to challenge myself in classes I don’t think I would normally take, or be able to handle if I were in a regular public school. Because of the range of classes I’ve been able to take, just in my first year of homeschooling, I was invited to become a member of the NSHSS (National Society of High School Scholars) for achieving academic excellence! The flexible schedule is also great.

Additionally, I’ve enjoyed creating relationships with my advisor and AP coordinator – I can tell they stride for me to succeed and prepare me for college. I like the wide variety of classes available. Also, the student forum is an amazing place to connect with other homeschoolers and make friends! I’ve made quite a few great friends through Bridgeway that I now talk to frequently on social media. It’s great catching up and talking about anything from future careers, to current courses, to stresses, and overall just relating to one another!”

Alison is a driven student and hopes to go into law to become a defense attorney. “I’ll decide on that in the next couple of years before law school! The reason being is I’ve gotten interested in law recently, and it’s something I would love to further learn about and study.” Alison is thinking of attending a 4-year college to focus on pre-law and other classes that peak her interest. “I’ve visited liberal arts colleges in South Carolina that I’m considering, including Furman University, Presbyterian College, and Wofford College. I’d love to get into any school that offers rigorous classes I’d want to take to help prepare me for my future career!”

Alison used to play soccer when she was younger, but after an ankle injury, she had to stop playing. In fact, that’s one of the reasons she is homeschooling – to balance her medical issues and school at the same time. The flexibility of the homeschool schedule allows her time to heal and address her other interests. She likes to volunteer at her church to make sandwiches for the less-fortunate, and she frequently makes cards throughout the year for kids in the hospital for the organization through a program called “Cards for Hospitalized Kids.” She is also planning on hosting a Compassion International: Compassion Sunday event to promote sponsoring children from all around the world. “In my free time, when I’m not making cards, volunteering, or working on my academics, I enjoy doing makeup, singing, playing the piano, and playing with my dogs.”

Alison stays motived to focus on her homeschool studies but did say, “There are days now and then when I don’t want to do anything, or I’m feeling upset. However, I remind myself of the career I want to take on when I’m older and how much hard work and dedication will prepare me for that. Reminding myself of what I want to become, and how much progress I’ve made from the beginning of the year, motivates me to put in the effort that I know will help me get to where I want to be. For anyone who isn’t sure what they’d like to do after high school yet, I’d say don’t worry about it too much and don’t put a great amount of pressure on yourself. You’ll figure it out in time, and you’ll eventually know what interests you! Overall, reminding myself of how much I’ve accomplished or any goals I’ve completed, whether big or small, helps motivate me to stay focused and try my best in my studies.”

Congratulations Alison on becoming our new student guest blogger! We look forward to your posts throughout the next year. 

Jessica Parnell
Hello everyone! I’m Jessica Parnell — mom, homeschool evaluator, teacher, and CEO of Bridgeway Academy. In my 20+ years of experience as a homeschool mom and evaluator, I have had the privilege of meeting homeschoolers that take a variety of approaches to their education. It is their many stories and successes that inspire me in my own homeschooling and I love to pass on the knowledge that I have gained from them to other homeschooling families. The one constant that always remains true is that there’s no such thing as a “cookie cutter child.” Each child is fearfully and wonderfully made and as a result, learns and functions differently. It’s our job to ensure that we’re raising each child to fulfill their individual purpose and when we can teach in a way that inspires them, we are on our way to homeschool success. When I’m not writing or teaching my children, I like to ski, write and participate in triathlons. I graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters in English and I am currently pursuing a degree in Neuroleadership.
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