Jake has been an easy student from the get-go. He's the type that you would have to lock in a dark closet to keep him from learning - and even then he would probably devise more creative strategies to complex problems than he would have in light and freedom. A "true lemons into lemonade", "there's no obstacle, it's just a stepping stone or an opportunity for growth" type of fellow. He's the sort of student who could confuse you into thinking that the home-educating journey would be a piece of cake and that you should jump in with both feet. (Grin. They're not all like that, let me assure you....) Jake's just...been a joy. He loves God and seeks to serve Him. That means the most of all.
It was a real and true honor to be the one to hand the diploma to Jacob. (Jeff was unable to come to the ceremony - too far of a drive and too long to sit upright...) We've been on this journey since the day he was born - and it's exciting to see Jake enter a new stage of life. He's ready.
He's applied for a full-time position at the library he already works at part-time, and he will be taking five classes this fall at one of our local colleges. A couple of the classes will be on-line, and one at night. He has a basket full of potential colleges and the test scores and grades to back it all up - but he has chosen the "no debt" plan to get his degree (computer programming) - and that plan begins by living at home for the next year and attending school nearby. The choice was his to make, but it sounds like a good plan to me. I'd love to see him earn his bachelor's (or beyond) without carrying a large amount of debt. Personally, I think it is good for a young person to work their way through college - we appreciate what we have had to work hard to accomplish. Besides. I'm not in any rush to send him far away. I need his tech support too much.
We're proud of you, Jake.