WSS: What is your graduation year?
Mia Nolte: 2019
WSS: What school do you attend?
MN: Iowa Connections Academy Online School
WSS: Is it online or in person?
MN: Online, but I have to have weekly calls with the homeroom teacher to check in.
WSS: Why did you originally look into going to this school?
MN: I looked into online school for schedule mainly. Having to spend much less time with school, and it being so flexible to me, it was a lot easier for me to be at the [dance] studio more in the mornings taking classes and then doing school throughout the day.
WSS: What is one thing you miss about going to public school?
MN: I definitely miss being around more people. Being in Houston(for dance), I am always around people to do [online] school with, but it is different from roaming the halls and being social like at a regular high school.
WSS: What is one thing you don’t miss about public school?
MN: The one thing I do not really miss about public school is all of the time I was there. I find that when I can focus and do school on my own it takes so much less time and I can still accomplish a lot.
WSS: Why did you end up choosing to go to this school?
MN: I chose this school because it was one of the few, but best options.
WSS: How is it different from public school?
MN: It is different because I need to be focused and motivated on my own to do schoolwork without a teacher constantly there for me.
WSS: How is it similar to public school?
MN: The classes I take and materials I use (textbooks) are mostly the same as West.
WSS: What is one positive impact your schooling has had on your life?
MN: It definitely gave me more time for my dancing and that was the goal to start.
WSS: What is one negative impact it has had on your life?
MN: Honestly, I cannot think of one negative impact it has had on my life. Really just not being with my friends.
WSS: What is the thing you miss most?
MN: Being away from my friends, definitely. It was hard at first to not be sitting at a lunch table or talking in the hallways, but I got used to it, because I knew I started online school for a reason.