This week, I am joined by 20-year-old Samantha Donndelinger, who has always been unschooled. Samantha shares some of her childhood stories and reflections on growing up unschooling. We talk about how her family’s lifestyle gave each child the space to make choices and figure out their own path, and how making choices and exploring her interests has given her confidence in moving out into the world.
Samantha also reflects on her journey of self-discovery, including diving into her art and choosing to enroll in a college program that combines all of her passions. And she offers some sage advice to unschooling parents who are just starting out: trust yourself, listen to your kids, expand your idea of what learning looks like, and find a community to support you.
It was so fun and inspiring to hear about Samantha’s experiences and insights!
Questions for Samantha
Can you share with us a bit about you and your family?
What were some of your interests growing up and how did you pursue them?
I understand travel has been an interest of yours. How did that develop, and can you share some stories about your experience traveling?
The question of college is an interesting one, and it’s really about choice, isn’t it? When we connected, you mentioned gap years and alternatives to college. I’d love to hear more about your experience!
At this point, what do you appreciate most about growing up unschooling?
As a grown unschooler, what piece of advice would you like to share with unschooling parents who are just starting out on this journey?
Things mentioned in the episode
Samantha’s Instagram @yellow_camerastrap
Samantha’s artwork page @alittlebitofwhimsycards
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