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November 30th, 2011, 11:12 AM
KimiB's Avatar Super Mommy
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So I found this really amazing college program that is perfect for me. It's only a year long (Sept-April), reasonably affordable, and gives me enough background that I can start pursuing the career I really want, which is to become a career counselor. If I can manage to do it full-time, my student loan payments get deferred for that time, and I would be able to pay my tuition with the money saved.

I'm actually considering starting the program in September 2012 (baby would be about 6 months old), and if I were able to complete the program full-time, I'd be returning to work from mat leave about a month before I'd complete the program. The problem is, I'm a first-time momma and I have no idea if I'm insane to be considering school (distance learning, done in my own home) full-time while on maternity leave.

Has anyone done the full-time school while parenting a baby thing before? Do you think it's doable?
I know I'd have excellent support from my husband, who is encouraging me to go for it. I also have family in the area who can help with care when momma needs to write a test or paper.

It's hard for me to judge, because my university was full-time but required my physical presence. I did work up to 20-30 hours a week while attending school full-time before, and although I found it difficult at times, it was doable.

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November 30th, 2011, 11:20 AM
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Anything is possible. I have a friend who had a baby while in Med School (2 friends, actually) and she's having another in Residency. Most would say she's crazy, but she has been able to do it.

If you have a supportive hubby and family/friends in the area who can help out, then I say go for it!

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November 30th, 2011, 11:28 AM
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Its possible well at least I hope it is lol

I gone insane for a moment during registration for the spring semester and decided to go full time again lol So starting Jan. 9th I will have 4 more classes that happen to be all law classes and one of them is going to be alot of legal research writting soooo I think im in for a wild ride. Yes i will be having baby during this semester so I really have gone crazy.

Good luck with whatever you choose.

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November 30th, 2011, 12:03 PM
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I'm thinking about doing the same thing. Right now I have a job that I'm good at but not a career I'd be proud of. So I am thinking *best case scenario with hubby working FT and with fin-aid* I could go back to school and get my Vet degree. I already have a computer tech degree... but that isn't getting the jobs and it's boring.

It's just what I"m good at, not what I enjoy. Computers are my talent animals are my passion. In total it would take about 7-10 years to finish the program so baby would be about school age by then when I finish.

This is of course best case scenario for me...
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November 30th, 2011, 12:46 PM
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I start my ADN (nursing degree) schooling fall of 2012 so no u aren't crazy it can be done. I plan on doing it as well. I'm going to do as many of the online classes as I can first so I'm still home as long as possible.
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November 30th, 2011, 07:57 PM
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I went to school full time and worked full time with Maddie. It was never easy, but if it is something you really want it will be well worth it.

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December 1st, 2011, 05:48 AM
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Good luck, hon! Like others have said - and at least from what I've heard from student mommies - it's not necessarily easy at times, but definitely possible. And how exciting that you found such a good program for you!

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December 1st, 2011, 06:43 AM
KimiB's Avatar Super Mommy
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Everyone I've talked to locally so far said to think of it like this: If I think I could do a full-time job AND still take this program full-time, then I can probably deal with being a mommy and doing the program full-time. I'm inclined to think that I can do it...and seeing that some of you are doing it, too, or know people who have done it, is definitely exciting. I think it might be good for me to have something just for myself.

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December 1st, 2011, 11:47 AM
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I haven't done it myself, but I wanted to tell you how awesome it is that you are pursuing your dreams! Way to go!!! I think the expression, "Where there is a will, there is a way," is most appropriate in this situation. If you want it, go get it!!! Nothing in my life has made me feel more like, "I persevered!" than walking across that stage with my college degree. It was such an amazing feeling! Mommyhood is pretty awesome, too, but that always feels like a continued effort. When you're holding that paper that no one can ever take away from you, and knowing you are holding it while also holding your baby?!? What a triumphant feeling that has to be! Seems like that would have to be an even more "I persevered" feeling and I think "you got this!!!"

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December 2nd, 2011, 12:20 PM
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I did with DS, actually I finished up with him as a newborn. Took off about 9 weeks for a few weeks before I had him and then the rest after he was here. It's hard, esp when they are little, but if you coudl get DH to watch him while you worked on your school work it's do able. Just gotta have the determination.
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