Not all Amish groups are the same. I sometimes meet with local farmers, who know some of our culture, but don't understand that we are all different. I feel this is something I will have to explain when I go to the modern world. Most farmers if they don't know us, think we are cookie cutter molds of each other. Always doing what we should. Some Amish even have cell phones, tractors, freezers, electricity because their orders are different. Some shun those who leave, while others are more relaxed. It really depends on where you are. And we usually learn Pennsylvanian dutch, very similar to German. We read the Bible in German, but usually aren't fluent German speakers. I don't know any better way to explain this to outsiders than this.
I had been thinking how glad I was that my parents let me take time last winter to take classes at an alternative education place. Unlike any Amish I know, I have a high school diploma, thanks to my parents, and thanks to my persevering. I'm so proud of myself! I did it! I was reading about qualifications for college, and what I read didn't say that you had to have a diploma before you started college. Besides some high school students do what's called 'dual-enrolling', where they are in high school and take college classes too, sometimes the school pays for it. Oh how I wish I could have done that too! To not worry about the price, and just focus on going and studying, that would be great!
I think this will help me a lot though to have my 'high school education' completed, and have some reference when I start college. Oh I am so excited just thinking about it, it's going to be hard to sleep tonight.