Monday, January 11, 2010

Higher Education without highschool

As promised, the mini series (it could be a long one- depending on how many people contact me with their stories!!) about getting into higher education institutions commences now.
There are different ways to do it:
A basic piece of advice is to approach the targeted college or university or school and find out what the requirements for the program are, then work with admissions.
What does the program request? Do you have something equivalent or better to offer the school? This could include your life experiences, volunteer positions, apprenticeships.
Kate Cayley followed her muse from childhood onward-her love of theatre. Naturally this lead her to study plays, be involved in plays and so on. On the basis of her life experience, a 20-page essay about Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem Adonais and letters of reference, she ended up with a full scholarship to University of King's College, Halifax.
Another way to go it is by taking online courses at an open university such as Athabasca University to circumvent traditional barriers. One family has two sons that have followed this path. Both took courses at the University starting at age 15 and 16 (the 15 year old needed a letter of recommendation stating that he could actually do the academic work). Both sons earned credits and then were able to transfer to a 'bricks and mortar' university after the first year. At Athabasca, 10 courses make a full year. Both sons were able to transfer with 7 credits to York and Trent respectively. The sons are planning on going on to law school.
It's a nice way of skipping highschool but it does cost money.
Still, once you've completed that initial part, there is no reason way one shouldn't apply for grants and scholarships as would any other competent student.

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