It's an ugly place to be - one where you feel alone and isolated from everyone, really. You can't sleep or you sleep too much. You can't eat or you can't stop eating. You cry. You panic. You feel angry, sad, confused, and overwhelmed all in one breath. You contemplate your life - you begin … Continue reading Self-Care is a MUST: How experiencing Postpartum depression for a second time made me a self-advocate.
It's official: I am burnt out. I want to be done with college. I don't want to write any more essays. I just want to work and take care of my family. It took a decade, but it finally happened. Does this sound familiar? If so, I have a few pieces of advice that I … Continue reading Burnout: What to do when it happens
Before I begin, I will preface this by saying that I know how fortunate I am to have a spouse who supports my decision to pursue an education. Knowing the statistics, I am aware of the fact that over half of parenting students are single -- I applaud you for your hard work if you … Continue reading “Thank you, Honey”: Remember to Show Appreciation to Those Who Support You
This is water. This is water. Since I first watched the video created with part of David Foster Wallace's "This is Water" speech, I try to remind myself of my ability to choose between the default setting or something else. What is the default setting? It's to assume that the world revolves around me - … Continue reading “This is Water” or Let’s Stop Separating Ourselves from Traditional Students
One of the biggest challenges I've faced as a mom in college has been finding a balance between time spent on my college responsibilities and that of my children. Basically, I often cut down on study time and spend more with my kids; however, sometimes I can't cut down study time because I will fail my classes. … Continue reading 5 Ways to Involve Your Children in Your College Experience
Reposting this with a link for UK students (near the bottom)! As if being a college student wasn't hard enough, being a pregnant college student is an entirely different ballgame. Many women, both traditional and nontraditional students, struggle with pregnancy while attending college. However, the truth reveals that many women who end up pregnant while working … Continue reading 5 Things Every Pregnant College Student Should Know (Updated with Link for UK students)
Being a nontraditional student can leave a person like me feeling intimidated and isolated on campus. Getting to know my peers has taken me a bit longer simply because my children have always been my top priority and I could be home completing a million tasks I need to accomplish before I lay my head down for bed … Continue reading Real World “Epic Wins” Part 2: This Mom in College Plays Pokémon GO
When the question, “What is your opinion on Pokemon Go?” popped up on one of the various “mom” pages I follow on Facebook, I gave my honest opinion and almost immediately experienced mom-shaming for playing the game with my children and recommending it. During the first day of play I was simply intrigued because I … Continue reading Real-World “Epic Wins” Part 1: Why I Play “Pokemon Go” Despite the Mom-Shaming
I know the idea of "me time" may seem like a joke to many of you -- I know it is to me. And yet, I also know that it's important. Sure, you and I may not get as much "me time" as our other mom friends (who already don't get much, either) since we … Continue reading Don’t Cut Out Your “Me Time”
When I began my journey through education I put very little stock in the outcome. The certificate that said I would be a good secretary cost me $46 a unit multiplied by about 12. That is about the same value I placed upon myself. I didn't have plans to go far. I didn't even consider transferring to a four year institution. What good would it do? I had no passion, no drive, nothing. I wasn't "college material." To top it off, I felt that there was no value in a degree -- associate, bachelor, masters, and beyond.