Basically, I like finding out stuff that helps people make good decisions.
In graduate school, I looked at stuff that caused students to drop out of high school. In my first job, I collected information to help agencies train and place people in the job market. Next, I provided census data and maps to people looking to make decisions for their organizations. After that, I put together information for hospital administrators to decide what services to provide and where.
Finally, I spent a lot of time researching information on homeschooling to decide if we should homeschool our son. We decided “yes” and that has brought me to finding out all kinds of stuff about curriculum, teaching, and socialization for the past ten years. During this time, I created a website to share all the stuff I found out with other homeschoolers.
I just finished the biggest test of my ability to find out stuff, I got my son accepted in a college with merit money and the opportunity to play baseball. He was accepted at all ten schools he applied to with average merit aid of $15,000 and the possibility of playing baseball for four of the schools. I feel like I just passed the ultimate graduate exam for homeschool parents.
During my son’s last two years of high school, I spent most of my time being my son’s college guidance counselor. Given I had only one student, I’ve probably spent more time researching possibilities than the average public school guidance counselor who is responsible for 400 or more students. So I’ve decided to share what I’ve learned about the college search process so that others can get the information they need to decide which colleges to apply to.
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