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
When people tell you what you should did instead of asking what you plan to do...
I am writing this from 36,000 feet above somewhere between Nashville and Los Angeles, thinking about horizons as I peer out the window and admire the horizon. New horizons, I keep thinking. And that's why I am writing this particular blog. As I face the last three weeks of the semester, I've reflected upon my … Continue reading I Love College, But I’m Done: 3 Signs That You’re Ready to Finish Your Academic Career
Hello readers! In celebration of my very first book signing (at Cal State Fullerton this coming Tuesday, Feb 7th), I am running a giveaway through Amazon (for 3 books)! All you have to do is visit the link provided below, and follow the directions. Please check it out - I am hopeful that some of … Continue reading College Success for Moms Book Giveaway
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
Disclaimer: As a parenting student, I am incredibly grateful for the benefits I have received through the CSU system. I love the children's center on campus and, up until recently, I didn't know that access to childcare was so limited. This blog post is written out of my disappointment toward the many locations that don't … Continue reading Dear College Childcare “Powers that Be”: An Open Letter
Continuity is defined as, "the quality of something that does not stop or change as time passes"(MW). It can be great or terrible depending on the situation. For instance, if you've continued visiting a tutoring center on campus over the course of your education, it's likely helped you improve your skills. However, continuity can also stand … Continue reading Continuity with Professors: Step out of “the zone”
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