The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 14, 1996 - 5A
.Home-schooled student not intimidated by life at 'U'
By Anita Chik
Daily Staff Reporter
A home-taught student who didn't attend a traditional high
school may not necessarily have trouble coping with college.
RC first-year student Emily Linn, who has been taught at
home since eighth grade, said she can manage both acade-
-mic and extra-curricular activities at the University with
With 17 credits this semester,
she also takes harp lessons, par-
ticipates in an acting group in
East Quad, serves as a hall rep-
resentative and volunteers for
A campus of more than
36,000 students.does not seem
to intimidate her, even after
being in a school of one for
many years. In fact, she said she
*enjoys her school life.
"I love the fact that it is a
huge school," Linn said. "I
especially like the Residential
College here because of the
types of classes offered, the lan-
guage program (and) the people
in East Quad."
Linn, 18, said her class for-
mats and discussion sections at I
the University mirror the class-
*es she used to take.
"I feel I am responsible for
my own education," Linn said.
She said many people have
stereotypes of home-schooling
as staying home with parents
and having no contacts with the
community. She said people
should not generalize home-
schooling because every expe-
rience is different. RC first-year student Emily L
"You're facing people, work- yard. She was a home-schoo
ing with people in the world, as
opposed to people sitting in classrooms with teachers," Linn
said "It's not like I am all by myself and go to (the) library
myself. I learn in different settings."
During high school, Linn worked closely with Clonlara
School, an Ann Arbor private school that supervises home-
schoolers nationwide. The school has support teachers who
answer home-schoolers' questions, guide them in their stud-
ies and keep track of home-schoolers' educational progress.
A year after Linn quit attending traditional school, she
and four other home-schoolers started a group called "the
older home-schoolers' group," which later expanded its-
membership to about 75
students. Linn said the
group was a great opportu-
nity for her to meet many
people from diverse back-
grounds and age groups.
°.She had the chance to meet
interesting people, includ-
ing a girl who bred sheep
and another who was a
Linn said her parents
were her role models and
advisers, helping her to
solve any problems that
came up during her stud-
.. > 0:ies.
She said the advantage of
studying at her own pace
gave her extra time to trav-
el around the world and
develop her own interests.
w Linn has taken six years
of harp lessons at the
University's School of
Music. At the age of 15,
she joined a bike trip and
traveled from Amsterdam
to Paris. In past summers,
she took art classes in
MARGARET MYERS/Daily And every year, when
n reads in the East Quad court- most students went back
d student, to school in the fall, Linn
went with her parents to
different cities in the United States including
Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Boston. Linn went
with her parents for a three-week trip to England, Italy
and France and stayed a week in each country to visit home education. She said she wanted her daughter to have a
museums and historical sites. smooth transition to the college level.
Although Linn looks back at her By contacting the University
home-schooling experience with pride, admissions office, Diane Linn said
she said she did not know the program she designed an educational program
suited her when she first started. for her daughter that both enriched
Linn's mother, Diane, agreed. She Emily's understanding of the world
said she worried about her daughter's and prepared her well for- college.
social life and transition into college own education . Linn said home-schooling brought
when she left regular school. She said E her closer to her parents. Diane Linn
she used the agreement with Clonlara - Emily Linn said that she and her daughter
School to ensure her daughter had ful- RC first-year student became best friends through their
filled all the state requirements under a home-schooling time.
regular school curriculum. "We always felt we could trust her
"With Clonlara, we (kept) track of what Emily has done. values and instincts about the world. We felt that we were so
We work closely with the faculty," she said. close we almost breathed together" Diane Linn said.
Linn's mother described Emily's home-schooling experi- "It's time for her to fly free. It's just a natural step for her in
ence as a combination of traditional high school and private growing"
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