The Real Kate

My name is Kate, and I am about to enter college.

If you look at my “about” or “home” pages, you can read about the things I’m interested in and what I do. But I wanted to write a post about my history and who I actually am so you can get to know the “real” me. đŸ˜‰

I grew up in a homeschool family (and yes, I wore blue jean jumpers. Didn’t we all?) I didn’t have many friends. My brother J is two years older than me, and then it’s a seven year leap to our next oldest sibling.

We both transferred into public school in April of my Freshman year.

We had a lot to catch up on, and that year was not the best, but we made it. Two years later, my brother graduated Magna Cum Laude, and the year after that, I did too.

Lots of people have asked me if the transition was difficult. Socially, a little. Educationally, a lot. When we were homeschooled, our parents made great efforts to make sure we had opportunities and got to meet people. We knew how to be friendly and carry on a conversation. Transferring taught us to work really hard in school and make that our focus, and that’s why I say the educational part was difficult.

I honestly think transferring is the best thing our parents ever decided to do for us.

And without transferring, I would never have gotten to do any theatre.

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Or meet these great people (and many others.)

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Or go to Germany.

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At the beginning of the transition, I dealt with a lot of anxiety and stress. I had nights where I couldn’t figure out my homework, and I’d cry, because I believed my teachers would hate me the next day for not finishing my work. Totally my sheltered homeschool mindset, by the way. My teachers were so helpful and kind to me!

The transfer was a huge part of creating who I am.

The other parts, well, I don’t really know where they came from. I’ve had a weird combination of a lot of things since I was really young. I think it’s really interesting how different parts of our lives connect.

For starters, When I was thirteen, I was good friends with an exchange student from Italy. That’s how I started getting more connected to the high school. Years after that, when I was attending the high school, I was friends with Japanese, German, and some other super cool exchange students.

I got my first official job when I was fourteen helping to set up a local yogurt shop which closed three years later. I got my second job when I was fifteen at the local coffee shop (where my sister worked way back in 2003) that now has several shops spread across Michiana, and though I moved on from there in May 2017, one of my friends became assistant manager for a while, and another friend just got hired there.

All of this probably isn’t all that interesting to you, but it is to me. Look around your own life and think about how all of the people you know are connected in some way.  Interesting, huh?

Anywho, I’ll write more about all this personal stuff later if you feel like reading it. đŸ˜‰

What was your first job? Were you ever homeschooled? What did you enjoy being a part of in high school?



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