Radical Acceleration: A Successful Transition to College

Madison has wrapped up her Spring semester of classes for the 2018-2019 school year. Her transition to college this year has been a very positive one. Madison earned 100% in her First college course this semester and she was proud to accomplish this goal. She was sad that the class ended.

It’s funny, once you know a gifted kid, you know a gifted kid. They are all so different. And what works for one doesn’t work for another. There is no guidebook. There are great resources available now, but there isn’t a definite path that is laid out for radical acceleration. We are grateful for the resources we have been provided and connections we have made through the Davidson Young Scholar Program.

I’ve learned a lot along the way, but the main thing I have learned throughout is to trust my gut. Up until this point I have moved forward, but have self doubted myself. I worried endlessly (and have wrinkles to prove it, lol) if I was doing what was best for Madison. I worried what would happen if she didn’t reach her goals that she had set for herself and had worked so hard for 5 years for. My gut told me at the beginning of the year she needed to be back in a classroom by mid year. I am so glad I listened and was confident in this decision.

I know one thing is for certain, if I had held her back with her grade age peers by the time she hit college she would have been over it. Every ounce of the love for learning would be gone. I am SO blessed to see her excited to go to class and to take it seriously. I am glad I trusted that she knew what she needed academically, emotionally, and socially and listened to her every step of the way, even when it was hard.

Madison hasn’t really ever ‘hit the wall.’ By that I mean she doesn’t really know how to study. She got an idea with this class, but by making 102% on a test versus 95% by studying. She was adamant about taking 15 credit hours next semester. Four of those will be Spanish. That class moves fairly quickly. I cannot wait for her to be challenged and I am looking forward to it. 🙂 She needs to know what that feels like and how to overcome it. Time will tell, but in the meantime I am going to enjoy a nice and relaxing summer while Madison has fun at various summer camps. 🙂 I’m looking forward to that as well.

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