When people tell you what you should did instead of asking what you plan to do...
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.
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
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
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
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
Dear Dianna, I am a mom, finishing the last year of my human services degree. I have always enjoyed spending time with classmates. Recently, however, I've found that this one person acts like my friend, but becomes a bit passive aggressive, trying to minimize my success when she doesn't do as well as I on an … Continue reading Ask Dianna: Their Failure Isn’t Your Fault
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