I decided to write about being a college student and a mother. A little bit of background on the subject, I am a senior in sociology at Southern Utah University. I have one semester to go! Thankfully, its a light load. I will finish up my degree in the fall. I am taking research methods and finishing my senior capstone. Being a mother in college is not easy but its worth it! When I got pregnant with Maizy I had just begun a semester. I went through an entire semester pregnant, gave birth during a semester of all online courses then completed a semester with a beautiful growing baby by my side. Currently, I am taking an online summer course and volunteering. Next, I will complete my final semester which will give me a bachelors degree. Being able to complete my associates degree before Maizy was born, was very helpful. I’d like to talk about some tips which have helped me along this journey.
DONT GIVE UP
Sometimes giving up seems easier than reaching your goal. Just know YOU CAN FINISH! You can do hard things! Having my husband really helps me strive to keep going because I have his support. He helps me get through the hard days and tells me I can do it but also didn’t pressure me to finish. I think it’s very important to have someone who supports you and helps you through it! That’s probably the biggest reason I have got this far in school.
TAKE ONE DAY AT A TIME
It’s so easy to look down the long road of schooling and get overwhelmed! I’m guilty of wanting to quit because I didn’t think I could do it but when I take one day at a time and keep a positive attitude I know I can finish!
College with a baby can be difficult but having an end goal and taking one day at a time during the semester has really helped us!
PLAN YOUR SCHEDULE
Each semester we have planned out our daily class schedule. This is very helpful to do in advance when having a baby to take care of. Last semester, Jason was able to clear his schedule to watch Maizy during my class. This was extremely helpful. I try to get most of my courses online and independent study so I can be with Maizy. We have also found it helpful to take turns with Maizy while doing our homework in the evenings. Depending on our study schedule, we either keep Maizy busy with activities and toys or just take turns taking care of her. Let me tell you, being a parent in college has helped me learn to multitask better.
I have already talked about this a little bit but having support from organizations within your institution and support at home is very helpful. Jason and I are both in college so it helps that we can support each other along the way. I am thankful for the love and support he gives me. It relieves stress and helps me get through the hard days.
I am so close to the finish line and sometimes I get overwhelmed but I know I can do this and you can too! Let me know if you have any questions!
Thanks for reading 🙂