“There are certain skills I know would be really useful for life as an adult and in college (things like cooking, changing tires, or using basic power tools), but I’m just not good at them. How can I work on practicing without hating what I’m doing?”
What a great question. I admire your goal to become independent and learn new skills. I’ll start with cooking. I, too, wanted to learn how to cook, but I felt like I was never good at it. Firstly, do you have a mother, grandmother, or person in your life that could teach you how to cook? Could you shadow them while they cook? If not, I recommend simple recipes. One way to get inspired by recipes are videos. On YouTube or other media platforms you can find short videos, under a minute, or longer videos showing you how to make fun and simple dishes–anything from quick snacks, desserts, or filling meals. Also, don’t forget that we have a food columnist who can help–check out Webley Woods’ articles by searching her name at the bottom of the page!
You could also learn to make your favorite dish. Is there a comfort food you can learn to whip up, or a yummy dessert? After you become confident in the kitchen, I recommend offering to cook a meal on a specific day of the week. Pick lunch on Mondays, for example, or dinner on Fridays, so that you can practice your new skills each week.
As for the more engineering tasks like power tools, I also recommend shadowing someone. You can also take engineering classes at a local community college or homeschool group.
A—— B. asks, “Do you have any advice on hobbies that are low-cost, do not require talent, and do not require a live teacher? I am willing to put effort into practice.”
Do you have any interests like drawing, knitting, music writing, or writing? When I was younger my grandma taught me how to knit, and it has come in handy as a teenager now. I knit during my TPS classes as a way of keeping my hands busy. Also, you could sell locally or send knitted items overseas. You can make money, and knitting is very easy to learn! You can find videos online of the basics and try then different patterns.
As a writer myself, I believe that few people are born with the talent of writing. Most famous authors have learned how to write as well as they do. So if you enjoy writing, I recommend writing about something that makes you feel emotion strongly. Anything from fiction prose to nonfiction prose to journaling to poetry will improve your writing talent.
“Hi! My name’s K—— and I’m a junior this year. I was wondering how I would handle the stress of worrying about what college I’m going to go to and how I’m going to pay for it. What would you suggest?”
Do not stress about it! Pray and ask God for peace. You should feel excited about college, not worried! If you are feeling worried about the future days, I encourage you to read Matthew 6:25-34.
What do you want to do in college? What do you want to study? What is your goal for college? As for advice, talking to older sibling, cousins, or friends is a great way to hear information about colleges and universities. Is there someone who has the job or career you would love to do yourself? If so, contact them and ask how they got to that point. Ask them what they would change about their lives if they could go back and choose a new path, and always ask “why?”! Those types of questions will help you find the best road for your future.
You can find scholarships for universities online, and you can also ask around about the college you wish to attend. Do you know anyone who has gotten a scholarships to that college? Do you know anyone who could refer you to the college? Do not lose hope–God is with you, and He will guide your steps. Lean on Him when you do not know where to turn.
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