If you are a mother debating on returning to school, the worst thing you can do is set yourself up for failure. Before taking out those loans, creating a payment plan or paying for classes you may not have the time to complete; you may want to try this out first.
- Take a few free online courses at the same time. Completing classes online take the same amount of dedication and as taking classes on campus. Depending on your level of education you may be required to take a certain number of classes in order to receive financial assistance. By taking free courses offered by a number of institutions you will know exactly what you are in store for without jeopardizing your pockets.
- Take certification or license courses to quench your learning thirst. By spending less money and taking courses for a license (maybe real estate or personal training); you may find a new career path and learn something you can use to take your life to the next level.
- Build your support system if you are absolutely sure you want to obtain your degree now. Some programs have expiration dates and in order to obtain your degree you must do it in a certain time frame. If you are determined to do so, much sure you have the physical, emotional and mental support.
Personally, I completed my B.A. after having my first child and stopped pursuing my M.Ed when I had my second. I know how hard it is to juggle a full time work schedule, full time single mom schedule and take classes full time. My advice overall is this: If you do not have the support in place it will be hard (which is why I stopped pursuing my M.Ed after remember my undergrad days without support).
However if you cannot leave things unfinished, go for it.
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Originally posted. January 19, 2015