Ask Nia

NEW Column! ASK NIA…

Hi, my name is Shaniyah Francis and I have only recently started my home schooling journey. All through 6th and 7th grade, I have been known to work in the school newspaper and the yearbook. Writing is something that I have been doing since I can remember. I know that I am not alone in that matter. This is what I want to do, write. I think that I can help with problems other home school students may be feeling, like being isolated from a regular teen age life… I would like to do an advice column. Have people email me questions on a variety of subjects from home school life to how to deal with the problems they may be facing.


Ever since I have begun home schooling online I have no life! I like this boy, but I never have time to see him. My friends say that I don’t even go out anymore to the mall or the movies. It’s work and no play! My question is can you please give me some sort of direction for balance? I don’t want school work to fall behind but I don’t want to be sheltered!??!




I think that every home school student has this problem. You still want to be a teen and go out on the weekends like your friends but you have an obligation to your school work. I suggest work the same hours as your friends. I know it may sound crazy but it may work. Chances are your friends won’t text or call until after or before school so why not take those 6 or 7 hours and power through your school work. 6 or 7 hours 5 days a week, you should be good. Also, when you have those restless nights like I do, take that time to complete some assignment for your self. Make it a pattern. If your friends get up at 5:30 a.m., then you wake up, get dressed, and eat breakfast just like you would if you were going to school. Get off of your online classes when the bell rings at your local high school.

Until next time….

Work hard and play harder, NIA

Shaniyah is an aspiring journalist who also writes poetry and is working on a novel. If you have a question you would like her to answer, email her at

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