Alumna Profile: Meghan Buckner
How long were you homeschooled through Seton, and what did you like about the experience?
I was homeschooled from fifth grade through twelfth grade and used Seton throughout. Seton worked really well for our family, because it was so structured and made it easy for me to get everything done in a timely manner.
I also appreciated all the resources, such as being able to talk to counselors whenever I had questions.
Where did you go to college, and what is your degree?
I received a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia, and double-majored in English and Philosophy.
How did your Seton education help you navigate the college experience?
First of all, the writing skills Seton taught me were invaluable. I was already accustomed to the amount of writing required at the undergraduate level, and I found myself doing very well by following the tips and guidelines I learned through Seton.
My professors likewise appreciated the fact that I knew how to organize my thoughts, introduce them well, use correct grammar and punctuation, etc. Secondly, Seton taught me to be disciplined in dealing with a large work load. This made it a very easy transition to a college work-load and I was able to be involved in a lot of activities in college because I knew how to manage my time.
What are you doing now?
I am currently married and my husband and I are expecting, and have two children. I tutor high-school English, give voice lessons, and direct the drama department at a local Catholic school.
What gives you passion or motivation in your current occupation?
What inspires me most is the way literature as an art reveals truths about the human experience and can vividly depict who we fundamentally are as human beings. Reading good literature and being able to analyze it closely is at root nothing more than the study of humanity, who we are, where we have been, and where we are trying to go. I love being able to share this with other young people.
Any advice for current Seton High-Schoolers?
Stick with it! Seton is a challenging program, but well worth it. Seton can really prepare you for anything you decide to do with your life after high-school, since writing and critical thinking skills will aid you no matter where you decide to go. Of course, the moral formation is simply invaluable.
In the words of the poet W. B. Yeats, “education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
This means that education is meant to inspire you, and to form you into the person you will be for the rest of your life. Having that formation centered around the faith – the way Seton is structured – will help you become the person God has created you to be.
Even if it’s difficult to see now, the thinking skills, the discipline, and the moral formation that Seton can provide are some of the most valuable gifts you will ever receive.