I began homeschooling six years ago, in my 7th grade year. Public school for me was not a good option. I did not feel it provided the opportunity to progress the way I wanted. With the help of my parents, I was able to take my education into my own hands through Co-op and Digipen Homeschool Academy. This helped propel me into a future at Digipen that will give me the tools that I need to further my passion for computer game development.
Homeschooling was an adjustment but I quickly found ways to take ownership of my education. I began through Co-op, where the small classroom setting with similarly motivated individuals and relaxed atmosphere made school exciting and fun. I then began a class at Digipen, which at the time was just beginning to launch courses for homeschoolers. Attending Digipen was even more exciting: I had finally found a group of people I could really relate to.
By the time I hit my high school years I already had experience with C++ and advanced math. Had I stayed in public school I would not have had the opportunity to fast track math, and I believe school would have been boring to me. I enrolled in the Digipen Homeschool Game Development Academy for both year one and two. My passions increased as I learned about game design, art and more of C++. I was able to serve as the technical director for each of the final projects  and I was in charge of writing a substantial portion of the code. By the time I was a sophomore, I had learned about trigonometry, vectors and matrix transformations in a context that was directly related to game development. In my Junior year I was able to attend Digipen as a homeschooled 2nd year WANIC student.
Homeschooling has really set me up for success. It gave me the flexibility to create a number of personal projects. In 2019-2020, I worked on a 2D graphics engine that could render over 900 objects at once while supporting shadows and post-processing effects. In 2019, I developed a program that uses software rasterization to render 3D objects using text in a terminal. In 2017, I experimented with a simple network chat system based on network sockets. When Covid lockdowns began, the transition from in person classes to online classes was fairly smooth. My senior year gave me the opportunity to focus on obtaining a commercial drone license and teaching my younger brother C++. I’ve also been admitted to Digipen Institute of Technology for next fall.
Homeschooling has been a great experience. I have appreciated the range of learning opportunities and the freedom that comes with it. I believe that through my homeschool experience I was able to achieve so much more outside of a traditional classroom. I’m thankful for the last six years that have driven me to achieve my dream of attending Digipen as a college student, which will allow me to have new learning opportunities.
 Knights of the Round Table, Island of Potato, (2017-2018), GitHub repository, https://github.com/DigiPen-Game-Development-Academy/Knights-of-the-Round-Table
 Brandon Wolenetz, CrabGraphicsEngine, (2019-2021), GitHub repository, https://github.com/iMajesticButter/CrabGraphicsEngine