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Is It Possible to Stay Social and Do Cyber School?

February 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 128

I always used to joke around with my friends who have been home schooled and cyber schooled their entire lives that they were poor, unsocialized home schoolers. Nowadays, as I am also cyber schooled, there has been retaliation because if I make fun of them, then I'm making fun of myself also. I suppose what goes around comes around.

But is this stereotype true? No, I don't think so.

It is possible to be social, and not go to public school. A great example is my friends who for security purposes we'll call them the O'Wells. They are a strong, Christian family of six with four kids ranging from the ages of 12 to 17. They all have done virtual school their whole lives except for the younger two who are now going to a private school.

The O'Wells are very social. They almost always have somebody over at their house or have something planned like babysitting, work or youth group activities. Also they aren't socially awkward...well, except for maybe one.

Another friend of mine, that would be my first person to see if there was ever a zombie apocalypse, also does online School. This is his second year of doing it, and he's a sophomore this year. He still helps out with the youth group a lot, and always seems to be doing something with other friends or family.

From being in Cyber School for about a month already I can tell it won't be too hard to keep social, but it does require a little work. At the moment tennis has been keeping me very social because I've been hanging out with the team almost every day. Once tennis ends I will have to find other ways to stay connected with people like going over to a friend's house, youth group, Christian club and church. I can see myself very easily becoming disconnected with the school, and events happening there.

Still is it such a bad thing to not be so involved with, in the long run, meaningless things like what T-shirts are being sold or who broke up with whom? Personally it's sort of nice to be away from that, and to move on from it so that I can focus on other things. For example I learned how to balance a checkbook while still being under my parents. Very important to know!

With that being said I am still connected through Face book and close friends who still go to my old school. It's hard to miss big events like Homecoming, Prom or football games. In fact I went to Homecoming this year, and I plan on going to Prom too.

So the point I'm trying to make is it is possible to be cyber schooled and still be social, but socializing can also be pushed to the side if you don't make a solid effort to be social.

There are many pros and cons to cyber school, and you have many questions. Can you play sports in cyber school? How do colleges look at cyber school? Is cyber school right for me? Get answers to all of your questions and more at Cyber-School.org

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