Young Suné Botes is a successful model and owner of her own designer label.
But what many don’t know is that the budding entrepreneur didn’t attend any prestigious school to achieve her accomplishments.
The 21-year-old and her sister were home schooled from an early age, but the decision did not come lightly for her parents.
She explains that due to her parents’ heavy work schedule, they decided to take the home-schooling route.
“It wasn’t that it was easier but this was a way we could have more time as a family,” says Botes.
Just like an ordinary school, Botes also worked according to a timetable, giving the family more flexibility for time together, but also to ensure the children were thriving on a routine.
“Mondays were our off days as a family to do some fun activities.
"On the other days we had a set amount of pages that had to be done on each subject.”
Botes also started modelling from the age of 13 and her home schooling gave her the flexibility to actively pursue her modelling career.
“I always preferred to do my work later in the afternoon and used my morning to do modelling jobs and put my creativity to use.”
She recalls one fond memory that landed her in trouble with her mother/ teacher: “I remember my mom sending me to my room to get an eraser and hours later coming to find me – I had made a whole new designer clothing range for Barbie.”
But she has no regrets and credits home schooling for helping her find her passion from a young age.
“Fashion design has always been something I loved; being home schooled I was able to use my creativity the moment it came to mind, as long as I got my work done some time in the day.
“For me one of the pros was definitely being able to spend lots of time with my family, learning what my passion was at a young age and being able to put it to use.
"It taught me how to be independent and I learned early on that I was responsible for your own destiny.”
She’s managed to take her modelling career to an international level and devote more of her time to a charity close to her heart.
Many can argue that home schooling’s main drawback is not giving children the option to socialise and make friends.
But here is a well-rounded young woman without the “spoils” associated with her generation.
Having not had peers to truant with, compare cellphones and handbags has benefited her, but surely the experience can sometimes lead to alienation?
“My parents always made an effort for us to do extra activities such as ballet, modelling and other sports.
"If my parents didn’t do this, I would say a con would be that it could get pretty lonely.” concludes Suné.
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