HSA: How long have you been homeschooled?
Meagan Johnston: I’ve been homeschooled all my life, from kindergarten through high school.
HSA: What is one amazing thing that happened to you because of homeschooling?
Meagan Johnston: Because of homeschooling, I’ve been able to keep up with my schooling throughout hardships. For example, I had to undergo 3 major surgeries—two spine, one brain—and throughout it all, I was able to maintain a good GPA and grades.
HSA: What was the best thing you learned as a homeschooler? (This doesn’t have to be an academic subject, but it could be.)
Meagan Johnston: The best thing I learned as a homeschooler was that you can do anything you put your mind to. It may sound cliché, and even a bit radical, but the truth of the matter is that if you have something you want, or are struggling with, dig in deep and go for it.
HSA: Did you ever feel like you missed out on typical teenage opportunities because you were homeschooled?
Meagan Johnston: At times it felt like I was missing out on all the public school opportunities, to be with kids my own age, but in reality, I’ve met so many amazing people who have been there through thick and thin, who will help me out in a drop of the hat.
HSA: What are your plans after graduation?
Meagan Johnston: After graduation, I am attending Washington State University. I am going to work towards a Bachelors’ in General Biological Sciences, and then it’s off to Medical School where I am aiming to become an orthopedic surgeon.
HSA: Some parents stress out about homeschooling kids through high school. What is one piece of advice you can share with stressed out parents, now that you’re almost done?
Meagan Johnston: As parents, it is important to know that high school is technically a 4 year audition for college. High school is where the foundation is laid. Teach all that you can to your students to be able to live in the real world. If your student decides not to go to college, then they will have to live with the knowledge that things won’t be as easy for them in the long run.
HSA: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Meagan Johnston: Schedules! Priorities! It is important to stay on task and regulate your time accordingly. It can be easy to get left behind, but it is just as easy to get ahead.