Guess a Quote (3.18.13)

Question Mark Welcome to this week’s guess a quote game! Last week’s quotes came from A Single Shard, which is a delightful story that won a Newberry medal. Our only guesser last week was Hannah P, who got it right. Great job, Hannah!

Speaking of Newberry’s, this week’s quote is the first line from another Newberry. Hopefully that little hint will help you figure it out. If not, I’ll try to remember to post a second quote on Wednesday.

One morning in mid-April, 1687, the brigantine Dolphin left the open sea, sailed briskly across the Sound to the wide mouth of the Connecticut River and into Saybrook harbor.

Any ideas?

Extra Note
For those of you interested, if you missed the last webinar (or are interested in another one), CollegePlus! is hosting another one tomorrow at 8:00pm Eastern Standard Time. The title is “Mamma, Let’s Talk About College.” You can use the link to find out more about the webinar and/or register.

Guess a Quote (1.14.13)

Question MarkYay! I finally stumped you all with last week’s quote. It was from The Count of Monte Cristo. Have any of you read it? I watched the video when studying for the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature CLEP, but have yet to read it. It’s one of those books that is destined to in my mental “want-to-read” shelf until we go on vacation or something.

As you know, this month I’m featuring books written by homeschooled authors. I’m considering featuring a line-up of non-fiction books next month. What do you all think of that idea? In tentative preparation for reviewing non-fiction books, this week’s quote is from one of my favorite non-fictions.

God, I pray Thee, light these idle sticks of my life and may I burn for Thee. Consume my life, my God, for it is Thine. I seek not a long life, but a full one, like you, LORD Jesus.

Hint: There’s actually two correct answers for this quote. Happy guessing!

Why Do College From Home?

CollegeLast week I made a post about CollegePlus, and that gave me the idea to do more posts doing college from home. One of the most common phrases writer’s hear is, “write what you know.” Well, this is something I know.

I love CollegePlus and being a distance learning student. I enjoy “living life on purpose” and knowing what I’m pursuing, the timeline I’m pursuing it on, and why I’m doing college the way I am.

So, why do I think staying home for college is a good thing? There are many reasons. Here’s a few.

  • Staying Out Of Debt.
      This is a huge reason to do college from home. A little research told me that a popular, brick-and-mortar college in our area charges $5,621 per semester for tuition and tuition related costs. If you live on campus, total costs amount to approximately $13,281 per semester (

see cost sheet

      ). Those numbers make my head spin. Getting a degree from a college like this will cost more than $100,000 dollars! In contrast, my degree will end up costing around $11,304. That’s only 11% the cost of a degree from a normal school! Doing college from home makes it a lot easier to graduate debt free. And graduating debt free is a very (very, very, very, very) good thing. 😉
  • It Takes Less Time.

This one is very important to me. I love being homeschooled and am thrilled to do college from home, but I am looking forward to having college in my past. After I graduate, I’ll be able to focus on writing, serving, getting a part time job and who knows what else. You might have noticed that I said I’ve been doing college from home for five years and now you’re wondering why I’m saying it’s faster. You have to understand that, for three and a half of those years, I was still in high school. The first two years of college are devoted to “core courses”. These are fundamental classes like English, History, Literature, etc. Most of these classes are covered in high school and the college classes simply add a little bit more to what you learned in high school. To increase efficiency, it’s not that hard to study the “little bit more” after finishing a high school class and then take a CLEP test. When I graduated from high school, I had two years of college under my belt.

  • Missing The College Experience.

Yes, I count this as a positive factor. I shudder when I hear about the long class hours necessary in “normal” college. My parents spent thirteen years homeschooling me in order to save me from peer pressure and the falsehoods taught in most schools. I sincerely appreciate that, and I know that my faith and character are stronger because of the way I was raised and taught. If the homeschool model worked so well for the past thirteen years, why would I want to abandon it just because I’m in college?

There’s a lot more to be said on this topic, but I’ve already written a much longer post than usual. I hope you’ll chime in with your thoughts.

I know there are distance learners among my readers. Is there anything you would add to what I’ve said? For those who have not experienced distance learning for themselves, what do you think of the idea? Any questions?

Distance Learning & CollegePlus!

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