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
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”
Reposting this with a link for UK students (near the bottom)! As if being a college student wasn't hard enough, being a pregnant college student is an entirely different ballgame. Many women, both traditional and nontraditional students, struggle with pregnancy while attending college. However, the truth reveals that many women who end up pregnant while working … Continue reading 5 Things Every Pregnant College Student Should Know (Updated with Link for UK students)
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
When the question, “What is your opinion on Pokemon Go?” popped up on one of the various “mom” pages I follow on Facebook, I gave my honest opinion and almost immediately experienced mom-shaming for playing the game with my children and recommending it. During the first day of play I was simply intrigued because I … Continue reading Real-World “Epic Wins” Part 1: Why I Play “Pokemon Go” Despite the Mom-Shaming
I know the idea of "me time" may seem like a joke to many of you -- I know it is to me. And yet, I also know that it's important. Sure, you and I may not get as much "me time" as our other mom friends (who already don't get much, either) since we … Continue reading Don’t Cut Out Your “Me Time”
When I began my journey through education I put very little stock in the outcome. The certificate that said I would be a good secretary cost me $46 a unit multiplied by about 12. That is about the same value I placed upon myself. I didn't have plans to go far. I didn't even consider transferring to a four year institution. What good would it do? I had no passion, no drive, nothing. I wasn't "college material." To top it off, I felt that there was no value in a degree -- associate, bachelor, masters, and beyond.
I want this book to be the very best it can be. I want to reach mothers across demographics. I want to send this book out into the world in the hopes that it will find its way into your hands -- you, the mom in or thinking about going to college. While the book … Continue reading Writing a Book for Moms in College is Difficult!
I've been through this before. Not exactly this, but a much worse version of postpartum depression (PPD) after my second child. Because I have been through it, I started noticing symptoms a few months ago and did my best to cope: meditation, rest, reading, etc. However, I am not able to cope as well … Continue reading Diary of a Mom in College: Postpartum Depression