At the age of 26 I felt like I was missing something in my life or something that I could call my own, like a career. My job I was working was well worth the pay and I enjoyed it a lot. I was working as a Certified Pharmacy Technician Specialist at a local hospital. I loved my job. It was challenging and rewarding but I knew it was not what I wanted to do. So, at 26, two kids and a normal family life, I registered to go back to school.
I graduated in 2005 and started college and in the amount of time I was there I should have graduated but I am very indecisive in what I wanted to do. I went back and forth changing degrees from communications to health field and now we’re back to communications.
First things first when deciding to go back to school when you have a family is support. Absolutely make sure that everyone on the ship is on board and supportive of your decision because it is going to be hard. Your husband may need to take on new roles for the house to be presentable and also that finances are covered. Also, you may need to go part time at your current job, find a new job or not work.
When you are finally ready to take the next big step of registering for college, go talk to an advisor. They will look at your previous transcript (if you are coming back to the same college) or wanting to transfer, you need to talk to an advisor. They will be your friends and they will go over everything with you. You have a family life too, so you need to talk about how long it will take you and how many classes. They will tell you what classes you need or what your need to freshen up on, especially math courses. If it has been years since you took a math class, you should probably take another because it is essential in any job.
While you are in contact with your advisor you will need to establish if you are going to be a full time or part time student. I decided to jump head first and go full time and it was hard but manageable. You may want to start with one to two classes at first to get back into being in school and learn how to study and get your work done.
Once you have everything establish with your schedule, your first semester back will be a journey. Remember it will feel weird, you will feel “old” but you are not. Seeking higher education and getting a degree is not for young people and you are never too old to go back to school. You will more seasoned and have a different opinion than you may have had when you were 18, but you are no different. You may find that there are more students your age.
My advice in finding time to do your work is time management and planning. As with everyone supportive, you will have discussed with your spouse that it will require time to do your work. You are a mother and wife first and so I tried not to let it get in the way with family time. If your kids are young, they may not understand the new school or why mom is away so it is important to still be there. I found that if my kids are in bed by 9p.m. I would plan to do it after that time. Don’t spend all night doing your homework because you need your sleep.
You took the step of deciding to go back to school as a mom and it will be hard but it will be worth it.