One of the best ways to do school is obviously in the comforts of your own home and in your bedroom. My room is a place that I feel safe and can dress up or down most of the school year. I really love my school because my family has been a part of Ohdela digital academy for 13 consecutive years now. I also had two sisters who graduated from this school in 2010 and in 2014. Over the years I’ve made so many friends which I met in the virtual classrooms and at the school kick off and during chorus practices. I’ve always enjoyed the times when we get a chance to talk with our teachers and meet the staff in the downtown offices. My mom would always make a basket of treats and handmade cards that we could give to our personal teachers and other supporting staff members.
I’ve also had two opportunities to visit our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. and go to Williamsburg, Virginia. When I was in the 8th grade I was nervous, but went alone and I was so glad that Mr. Martin, a.k.a. Mr. Math and Mrs. Norman were there as chaperones who took really good care of us. I was so excited that I could attend a second time with my sister during her senior year. We roomed with two friends and had a blast. Everything was well organized and the teachers cared for our every need.
Another reason why I love my school is because I have developed my gift of singing and playing the guitar through Chorus practice with Mrs. Diana Newlon. I had always wanted to take vocal lessons and when I had the opportunity to join the chorus, it was a great opportunity to meet more friends and experience what it’s like to be part of a choir. We travelled around Akron and Cleveland and have really bonded together for the last two years. We also spent a week at camp with the Chorus to practice our Christmas play, “Two Tickets for Christmas” and this year our Spring Play.
After being in Ohdela for 13 years our family has benefitted in many ways. It’s bonded our family relationships together. We’ve had some challenges but it’s great that we can help each other through because we understand the commitment of homeschooling.
I know that many people will say that they love their school, but it’s really true for me. I’ve started in Ohdela with Calvert curriculum and now I’ve transitioned into Edgenuity and hopefully will be able to go back to our virtual classrooms next year. No matter what happens for my junior year in high school, I can say with all my heart that I’ve enjoyed my years in Ohdela and I’m truly grateful for the wonderful staff and my mom who has made all of this possible for me to learn and grow as a young lady.
*This essay was edited slightly by an OCCS staff member due to length.