Last year, my website was hacked. It was almost as frightening as running out of my third latte of the day!
Seriously, it affected absolutely everything surrounding my business - and there was no place for people to find me.
So what did I do?
I hacked the hack.
That’s how the Fearless Homeschoolers’ Facebook Group was born! Not only did I meet a group of fabulous homeschool parents, I took control of a situation that was largely out of my control.
It got me thinking about hacking the college admissions process as a homeschooler.
Hack the college admissions process so that your homeschooler can stand out.
Of course, if you hack your homeschool — take it over, own it, steer it in unique directions — then you’ll have an advantage. It isn’t homeschooling itself that sets you apart. It’s what you do with it.
Are they choosing or creating their own interesting courses? Are they working on a personal project? Are they using the time to develop and deepen their passion?
There are contests and competitions and selective summer programs for every niche.
I know, I know. But, trust me. The stigma is there. Admissions officers consistently say that this is their main concern with homeschoolers.
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard that an interview cleared up many questions about a student’s homeschool situation. In my book, interviews are non-negotiable.
Do whatever you can to breathe life into an application.
Encourage your homeschooler to nurture relationships with their teachers and mentors long before application season.
Do NOT underestimate the power of this!
Each college is looking for a certain kind of student. Make sure the application screams, ”I am the one you’re looking for!”
The admit rates are typically MUCH higher.
Show admissions that you took your homeschooler’s education seriously.
Plan for this in advance, so that you can schedule classes and tests accordingly.
I would love to help turn your unique homeschool story into a compelling college application!
Consider this permission to have your own Homeschool Hackathon!
How is your homeschooler hacking the college admissions process? Share in a comment below!