We were privileged to attend the first ever UCLA open house, along with my friend Mary and her two daughters Katie and Megan. UCLA gets a dismal 500,000 applicants a year! The most applied to university in the United States, it boasts a whopping 14% music department acceptance rate. The odds are against our little homeschool protégé, Sabrina. Nevertheless, it was great fun to be there with the marching band, mascots and cheerleaders teaching us the Bruin’s cheer, as we became true Bruins for the day, among the sea of prospective students inside Pauley Pavilion. My sweet, long-time friend Mary who accompanied us, as well as myself, were ecstatic with school spirit by the end of the day. We momentarily forgot we were not the prospective students!
Sabrina loved the architectural style of the old buildings, the 950 clubs to join (what!) and the free croissants. We were subsequently awed by the humorous tour guide’s ability to walk backwards while narrating the tour, a skill Sabrina would soon have to perfect in her own university years as a school ambassador.
A skeptical adviser at the open house sprinkled, not rained, on our sunny day by telling us she had her doubts that homeschoolers would have as many extracurriculars listed on their applications, as their counterparts at a traditional school. I say “sprinkled” on our sunny day because I know better! She must not know many homeschoolers. Pursuing a child’s passion and interests is often regrettably just an elusive goal for the masses of public school students, and a reality for many children schooled in the home.
Sabrina decided she will be applying to the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.
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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is part of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs. Every day’s blog entry coincides with a day from that special year. It can be read from the beginning by selecting the “Ring the School Bell 180” category on the side bar. Commence with the narrative, “The School Bell- What comes to mind when ‘you’ hear that bell?” and follow along with us day-by-day through the school year. Hope you will join us!
May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine. Annette