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Back to School Moms: Getting Your College Degree

 

Whether you are interested in taking a different career path or looking to obtain a certification in the field you are currently working in, getting a college degree can be both rewarding and frustrating. How do working mothers balance their job, their home, their family and still meet the demands of college education? While going back to college to get your college degree can be stressful at times, bringing about a certain level of uncertainty, there are a variety of tips for moms that want to go back to college to earn their college degree.

Online Courses

For working mothers trying to balance their job, home, family and school work, taking classes at a college campus may prove impossible. Becoming increasingly popular amongst college students is the availability of online courses. Enroll at your local community college, university or online college and register for a variety of online classes. Many colleges and universities offer full degree programs online, while some degree programs offer only some of the required classes online.

Night Classes

For mothers that have to work during the day or those that remain at home with their children during the day, night classes may be the best option to meet conflicting scheduling needs. Because colleges and universities understand that working adults need flexibility with class scheduling, evening classes are available for most, if not all, degree programs.

On-Site College Daycare

The majority of colleges and universities have on-site childcare to meet the childcare needs of the students. If your job is flexible and allows you to work at a time that is convenient for you, consider attending class during the day while your children attend the on-site daycare program.

Studying and Homework

In addition to attending classes, college students can expect to spend several hours each week studying and completing assigned homework. Some working mothers find it easy to study and do homework assignments at home while their children are playing or napping. However, some mothers find that they must leave the home and go to a library or internet cafe to get uninterrupted study time, free of distractions.

Scheduling

Perhaps the most common stressor for college students, especially working mothers, is that of time and scheduling. It is not uncommon to feel strapped for time, so creating a realistic schedule is important. After you have enrolled in the college or university of your choice and you have registered for classes, create a daily schedule that provides ample time for attending class, completing work-related assignments and deadlines, studying and homework, as well as spending quality time with your family.

Break your schedule down into hourly increments, designating a certain time-frame for each obligation. Consider using the children's downtime (naptime or bedtime)  for studying, homework or work-related assignments. Review and revise your schedule as necessary to ensure each obligation receives adequate attention.

Asking for Help

Juggling work, family, home-life and school can wreck havoc on your life, if you allow it. To avoid getting overly stressed out, don't be afraid to ask for help when you need help. Whether you need help from a teacher with homework or you need more help around the house from your spouse, stand up for yourself and ask for help.

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