Not everyone thrives in a traditional classroom setting. Often, gifted students become bored and lose interest in school when the instructor must teach to the level of the average student. There just aren’t enough challenges to hold an eager student’s interest.
Mark Foisey, Jr. of New York City is a senior at George Washington University Online High School (GWUOHS). He’s an aspiring actor who’s also measuring the possibilities of a future in real estate. Mark is a great example of a student who struggled to stay engaged in a traditional schoolroom atmosphere before opting for an online school — and his entire educational experience changed.
We sat down with Mark recently to see what he had to say about our life, school and his work outside the classroom.
It sounds like you have really found a lot of success in the online high school environment. What made online education the right fit for you?
Mark Foisey, Jr.: I really liked the idea of online schooling, but I hadn’t actually done it before. I’m currently a senior at GWUOHS. I came to the school in February of my junior school; it happened rather suddenly. I knew that I needed to go into a program that was very intense, very challenging. At the time, many people I knew seemed to think that online school was really easy — some people don’t really understand that that is not at all the case. GWUOHS was able to give me the solid foundation that allowed me to succeed while allowing me to be flexible with my schedule.
What are your proudest moments of high school so far?
MFJ: GWUOHS has really been able to help me excel academically. I’ve never dealt with more attentive teachers. For instance, in a brick and mortar school, there’s no way you could jump on Skype or email and ask your math teacher a question, and have them get back to you in 10 minutes. But at GWUOHS, I can do that and they will get back to me in three minutes flat, or one hour and three minutes if they’re teaching class at the time. It’s incredible.
You seem like a busy person! School, activities, acting — what are your plans for after graduation?
MFJ: International real estate and investment is what I want to go to school for. For about the past year and a half, I’ve been working with real estate investors and construction companies on a variety of projects and promotions.
As for acting, it is an ongoing thing. Acting is the art of engaging people, so I’m never going to give that up, especially with going into the world of sales, it’s essential skill.
Right now, I lead the online Learn to Serve club at GWUOHS, which is for younger students. It focuses on community service and giving back. When I leave GWUOHS, I will continue doing service in the community and staying involved. I definitely see myself doing everything I’m doing now, but just on a larger scale.
Do you think your GWUOHS experience will help you reach your goals after graduation? How?
MFJ: Absolutely! I think that attending GWUOHS is going to help me because I have been set up to succeed. GWUOHS makes sure that you know what’s coming at you. A lot of our teachers use real life situations in the classroom, making connections between the past and present and helping you identify trends and patterns that make their subjects a lot more relevant. Everyone likes to say that history repeats itself, but they don’t usually say how or when or how often. The teachers at GWUOHS relate how the things you learn in class will translate into real life.
What advice do you have for new students starting at GWUOHS, or any online school?
MFJ: The most important advice for new students: one, be optimistic. Don’t let people tell you that anything is too hard. All school should be hard! It’s supposed to be a lot of work.
Two, don’t let people say it’s not real — GWUOHS is accredited and recognized by universities all over the country and the school has a lot of alumni who can attest that it is as real as it gets. It’s definitely a different way to do high school, but that doesn’t mean it is bad.
In sum, make sure you pay attention, watch those deadlines, and what isn’t possible in a brick and mortar school is possible at GWUOHS.
Thank you Mark for sharing your thoughts with our readers. We wish you continued success!
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