Three Ways to Consider Alternatives to High School

1. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
-Robert Frost

path in forest
The path less traveled has a pretty awesome view.

You feel like you’ve been waiting for your own incredible journey.  You’ve been marking time until your life can start.  Leaving high school can be the first step on that path.

Brainstorm.  If money were no object and you weren’t in school, what would you do?  This frees your mind to think big.  Write down your ideas, including where you want to go and what you want to see.  Find an adult who will listen to your ideas and help you talk over possibilities.  Many of them will be closer than you think.


Everything I learned back in college
Everything I learned in high school? This goes double.

You realize that the kind of learning schools offer is now available online, for free, from a wide variety of sources.  From the Khan Academy to MIT, from John Green’s Crash Course in World History to an exploration of the Cosmos and the most interesting NOVA Chemistry Course you’ll never see in school, you can immerse yourself in the subjects you love without tests or grades.


Won't Swim in Rivers
Dare to be different.

You want an alternative to high school that’s truly different — not just a computer-based learning program, but something that supports you in being the unique and creative person you are.

When you leave school, you can explore art and craft, shadow someone you admire at their job, and try your hand at your own small business.  You can build self-knowledge in several ways:  volunteering for a community you care about, traveling, or joining an interest-based group, like a book club or foreign language club.  In a recent article, Blake Boles shares 12 ways to educate yourself, and his book, Better than College, has ideas that people of all ages can explore

In addition, Open Doors can coach you through your options, right here in Grand Rapids.  Call us.

This post is part of our ongoing “Your Life– Your Learning!” series, launched with support from the Wege Foundation.


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