August Angst, UnCollege Version

August Angst UnCollege version

Here is a little verse written back in 2011 to help you if you are considering the approach to learning and the UnCollege Gap Year program.  I just finished speaking with an alumni from the first group of fellows. He attributes his current success to what he learned during the program.  I’ll  share the details of his story as soon as I get it written, but for now, some fun and truth from this rhymin’ mama.

The time is now here

To face your great fear

What should you do

About college this year?

Public or Private, Community or Ivy?

Which major? Which field? What kind of degree?

How long will it take?

What will your debt be?

And will you find a job when you finally get done?

Or only have debt with no time for fun?

Oh so much pressure

To go off to college just like everyone.

Because, if you don’t go

I am sure that you know,

“Would you like fries with that?”

Will be your unending woe.

Isn’t there only ONE road to success?

And if you don’t go won’t your life be a mess?

“You can’t all be Zuckerberg,”

People love to profess

But what if there IS a door number four?

A  great way to learn and not become poor?

To use creativity

To follow your heart and even learn MORE!

What about that idea I’ve heard called UnCollege?

Outside of classrooms you still can gain knowledge,

You can learn in the world,

Without paying a mortgage!

Reading, and research, travel and more,

Internships, mentors and experience galore!

What do YOU want to learn?

Let your mind soar!

It’s not for the lazy, nor the faint-hearted.

You’ll need to work hard and have to get started,

Finding work-shops or conferences,

And attending events even if you get carded.

Look everywhere for ways to connect:  Facebook, Linked-in, Twitter and lo,

Amazing things happen when YOU  help YOURSELF grow.

So forget the limits, reach for the stars!

And as Dr. Seuss said, “Oh! The places you’ll go!”

dale Stephens as a baby beginning walking on a hiking trail.
Future UnCollege founder, future uncertain, learning full-steam ahead. Need baby size UnCollege shirts?

Sorry- I can’t stop thinking in rhyme or using these sentimental photos!

I published this on August 11, 2011 – almost two years ago now!  Time flies. Some things have changed. Do you think this still applies?

How do you handle your angst about choices you are making?

I’d love to hear from you. Email me at or find me on Twitter @lisanalbone.   Please share my poetic  masterpiece with a friend who could use a smile.

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August Angst

The time is now here

To face your great fear:

“What Should Do We Do With The Kids This Year?

I mean, educationally speaking, my dear.”

Quote from August Angst at

Public or private or homeschool, maybe?

But Unschool or Charter, what will it be?

What’s most important? How to Decide?

What’s best for them or what’s best for me?

What on earth should our priority be?

Math? Mental Health? PE? Reading?

Writing? Test Scores? Budgets for family feeding?


Oh my, oh no, whose advice are we heeding?

Should we just follow or should we be leading?

The decisions are tough, but amid all the noise

Can you just  listen to those girls and boys,

What do THEY need in order to shine,

To  have happy hearts, self-confidence and poise,

To decrease the woes, and increase the joys?

So, pay attention to those you hold dear,

Look for alternatives, both far and near.

You may need to change,

Or adapt or get clear

And– take a breath–get over your fear.


Take some time to reflect.  Don’t worry. You CAN figure it out!

A few posts you may be interested in:

There may still be time to attend one of these conferences to help you decided.

Why we dared to leave the system to begin unschooling.

How do you start unschooling or homeschooling?


What good fortune we’ve had as a family to have found, allowed, encouraged and accepted Dale finding generous and amazing mentors in his teen/young adult years.

We just had lovely dinner with a couple that made me realize how thankful I am, and how much Dale’s mentors enrich our lives.  It’s so important for teens to learn to find guidance and mentoring in skills that allow them to grow beyond what their family can provide.

Mentors can help children develop their potential in ways that you, as parents, might not ever have imagined. Mentors can provide resources and expertise not available to the parent. When you let go of the fear of losing your child, or of not being the most important source of advice, you allow your child to receive the incredible gift of talents, skills and experience beyond your own.

If you are really, really lucky, in addition to a mentor for your child, you might just find wonderful new friends for yourself, too.