Siblings Linsey and Luke Gividen were adopted from China at a young age and grew up in the small town of Tehachapi, California. Like most children, they were enrolled in public schools. However, when high school began, their family moved to Lincoln, New Brunswick, and they entered a private school. It marked a big change, and not one that suited them perfectly.
Luke realized he could graduate a year earlier if he could add a few more classes to his schedule. After searching the web he stumbled across high school at the University of Nebraska and soon after decided to enroll. In the summer of 2020 he took several UNHS courses and enjoyed the path to early graduation that this offered him.
Linsey, uncomfortable with private school, also decided to enroll in high school at the University of Nebraska and found that she enjoyed learning online much more than the private or public schools she had. frequented in the past. Soon after, the COVID-19 pandemic struck and UNHS was not just a preference – it was in many ways a necessity for Linsey, Luke and other students across the world.
“I like the flexible schedule which has allowed me to work full time and balance with the things I love.”Linsey
The flexibility of UNHS enabled Linsey not only to perform better in school, but also to pursue other interests outside of school. UNHS gave him the opportunity to work full time at a local cafe, Bagels & Joe. On top of that, Linsey enjoys playing video games with friends online and honing her photography and editing skills.
Luke also enjoyed his time at UNHS and took various Foundation and AP® courses in order to graduate from high school in three years instead of four. Able to design his own schedule, Luke says the flexibility of the UNHS courses has been helpful in achieving his goals.
“I like the ability to focus on one or two topics at a time. When those are finished, I move on to one or two other topics.”Luke
While Linsey and Luke recognize that online schooling takes a lot of hard work and discipline, it has worked well for them and has made it possible for everyone to forge their own path. After graduating in May, they both look to the future. Linsey plans to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and focus on marketing. Meanwhile, Luke was accepted into the nursing program at Bryan College of Health Sciences in Lincoln this fall.
Congratulations to future graduates, Luke and Linsey – best wishes from everyone here at UNHS!