The basic definition of a mother is a woman who raises children, though that definition can be altered a few ways. Historically, mothers have been the main caregiver of children - they stay up all night, they clean up after the kids, feed them, change them, etc. One "quality" of a "good" mother is unwavering … Continue reading Pursuing a College Degree Doesn’t Make You a “Bad mom” but if it Does, then Go on with Your Bad Self!
I've spent a lot of my life searching. I had given up on a lot of plans and goals because I honestly didn't see myself as worthy. I was always searching - for what? I don't know. I suppose I was searching for purpose, for identity, for something to fill the void I felt in my heart. I was lost...until I went to college. And then still a little lost until I met Ellen Caldwell.
You've worked hard for years taking classes in general education, your major discipline, and electives. You probably completed at least one, if not several internships and campus employment opportunities. You stayed up late and rose early to complete a ridiculous amount of reading, writing, and homework in a small window of time. You consumed more … Continue reading The Truth About Finding a Job after College
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
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that, if not every one, than most people have experienced the struggle of an inferiority complex. I know I did at one point, early on in my college education. At times, it rears its ugly head, but I've learned to overcome the complex and come … Continue reading Hurdles for Moms in College: Overcoming an Inferiority Complex
Building a CV, or Curriculum Vitae, is a daunting task. It becomes more of a challenge for college moms because we have less time to fill those spaces. But it is possible! Five years ago, my CV was bare. To be honest, I didn't have one. So, first things first, YES, you do need one. If not a … Continue reading How to Bulk Up Your Curriculum Vitae
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
I don't know about you, but I have a really difficult time choosing a planner! I'll find one that appeals to me on a visual level, but don't like the layout inside OR it looks "blah" but is fantastic where it concerns content. It's a minor struggle, but a good planner can make all the … Continue reading Top 3 Planners for College Moms
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