Student Profile: Alyssum Pylar
1. What makes your family unique to other families you know?
Well, I’d have to say that what makes my family unique is the fact that we truly enjoy each others’ company, find pleasure in the simple things of life, and are always ready for a good laugh.
Of course, it might not be this way, had my parents decided against homeschooling me, and later, my younger sisters. Looking back, I firmly believe that homeschooling has brought my family closer — to each other, and to God.
2. What is an average homeschooling day with Seton like for you?
For me, every new school year brings different schedules, different experiences, and different courses (of course!). However, the most ideal school day starts at 7:00 a.m.
After breakfast, first things come first: my family and I pray the rosary together before starting school. I prefer to begin with slightly easier subjects or subjects which interest me (such as English) to get them out of the way before I tackle more formidable adversaries (such as Math).
At 12:30, my sisters and I break for lunch, which I usually pitch in to prepare. After we eat, we have some time to refresh ourselves with exercise and leisure activities before we get back to work.
By 4:00, most of us are done for the day — but if I’m absolutely determined to finish up something, I’ll work until I’m summoned to dinner.
On Wednesdays, we attend Mass and our homeschool co-op, and afterwards, we visit the elderly residents of a local nursing home with our Legion of Mary group.
3. What’s something you have done that you really enjoyed doing?
I really enjoyed taking a family road trip up north to Mackinac Island, situated between Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas, where the waters of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan merge. It’s my favorite vacation spot — so beautifully scenic and quaint in the warmer months. Fun
Fact: there are no vehicles or motorcycles allowed on the island!
My family and I had a great time horseback riding, bicycling around the perimeter of the island, eating tons of ice cream, and touring historic lighthouses and other buildings.
4. What are your hobbies and interests?
In my free time, I enjoy watercolor painting outdoors, drawing, baking, and writing. There is hardly ever a time when I’m not involved in some sort of creative, crafty project — from painting bookshelves to making fabric flower hair clips.
I also LOVE to read (and read and read)! I am a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, G.K. Chesterton, Louisa May Alcott, and Mark Twain, among other authors.
5. What are some things you do as a family and on your own that you particularly enjoy?
In my family, every season means a different pastime: hunting for turkeys in the spring, visiting the beach in the summer, hunting for deer in the fall, and ice-fishing in the winter.
Additionally, I like to write plays about the saints for my sisters and friends to act out. I always prefer to narrate rather than to act, though.
6. What do you hope to do in the future?
Soon, I hope to join the adult choir in my parish. When I graduate, I’m considering majoring in English and possibly tutoring and/or teaching an art class at my homeschool co-op.
Since I can’t see much farther down the road with certainty, I plan to let God lead me the rest of the way.