When Freyja Turner went to class growing up, she didn’t have far to go. She just took a left into the family room.
Turner, a sophomore business major at Wright State, was home schooled for much of her life.
“Being home schooled was definitely different because with your parents teaching you, they expect a lot more of you, I think,” Turner said. “I think that definitely helped me in many subjects because I knew I had to try my best in order to make my mom and dad happy.”
Being home schooled had both benefits and drawbacks.
Since she and her sisters didn’t have to travel to school, Turner could sleep in a little later than her friends. But Turner was also usually done with school earlier in the day since her time wasn’t taken up with class changes, transport and other non-academic activities. That left Turner waiting for her friends.
“It was a little bit lonely,” she said.
And making the transition from home schooling to Beavercreek High School was a big change.
“It was scary at first, but I got used to it,” Turner said. “And I really liked my teachers there; they were a positive influence. And I really liked a lot of my classes, especially the AP and Honors ones.”
She also got interested in business, taking marketing and management classes.
“I really liked them and I did well in them,” she said. “And I liked the teacher, who helped influence me to go into business in college.”
Turner enrolled in Wright State’s Raj Soin College of Business, majoring in human resource management.
“I want to deal with people,” she said. “I know a lot of human-resources people get a bad rep; a lot of people don’t like the human-resource department. That’s something I want to change because I think it’s really focused on paperwork and I want it to be a lot more focused on the person aspect of it.”
Turner is also especially interested in the legal and labor relations part of human resources.
“You’re trying to just separate all disputes between employers and employees and just even everything out and make sure everything’s worked out and try to make sure people are where they want to be so they can get the job done well and be happy,” she said.
When she is not studying, Turner works as an office assistant in the Department of Biological Sciences. She also plans to get involved in the University Activities Board.
Turner said she is glad she decided to come to Wright State. She enjoys the smaller classes and more personal style of teaching.
“I don’t really want to be lectured to; I want to be talked to,” she said. “And I want to talk with the professor.”
Turner also feels comfortable in the Honors Program.
“It was really like a second home to me just because all the people were so welcoming and very much like me,” she said.
Kind of like home schooling.