Have You Considered Returning to School Since Having Children?

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Lately I’ve been thinking about returning to school.  I’ve looked up various colleges and universities in our area, and I’ve searched their catalog and degree programs.

This is nothing new really. I enjoy taking classes.  I love stepping foot onto the campus, in the library, into the classroom. While tests are never fun, I like opening a book and learning something I didn’t know before, and then using that in everyday life.

Sometimes I take hobby type classes, like photography. Other times I enjoy academic type classes, like those in education or writing.

So it should be no surprise that now, a year or so before I return to work full time, I’m dreaming about going back to school. I can work with the degrees I have now, but I’m considering an additional set of classes that would enable me to do something a bit different when I go back full time.

So what’s stopping me?

Time, for one. As you know, once you have kids you have an enormous amount of work to do on a daily basis; and besides, how can I take night classes when most evenings I’m in my pajamas by seven and snoozing by nine?!

Then there’s the money issue. Have you seen the cost of tuition in some of the colleges lately? I’m looking at $300 per class for undergraduate courses! I don’t recall what I paid eons ago when I went through college, but it wasn’t nearly that much. The money spent would pay off in the long run, but still, you have to come up with it BEFORE you take the classes, not after you have a new job to pay for those classes.

Then there’s location. We’re only near one college that offers limited four year degrees; the next college is an hour away; and the college that has the program I want? Two hours one way! Since I can’t drive that back and forth every week, I’d have to consider online classes; but those cost about twice as much as the traditional in-class coursework.

I know it CAN be done. A great friend of mine, after years of working with computers, is now back in school to become a nurse. Her kids are a bit older and she's been able to take some time off of work to do this. The program is nearby, so it has fallen into place for her; just as it will for me, if it is meant to happen. In terms of going back at my age, I'll never forget what Dear Abby once told an older woman about returning to school. When fearful of how old she would be when she graduated, Dear Abby said –

Well how old will you be if you don't go back?

Right now I'm still searching classes I can take. I hope to figure out a way to do this.

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What about you? Do you ever dream of returning to school (even if it is just a dream?). If so, what would you study? Or what is stopping you from doing so?

What do you think?

Have You Considered Returning to School Since Having Children?

Kathy Murdock works as a full time writer and web designer. Recently planted in the middle of the deep south from the busy streets of Los Angeles, when she's not coding Wordpress websites or writing about women in business and thrifty motherhood, Kathy spends time photographing alligators, playing with her family, and running. ... More

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9 comments

  1. Jeanetta says:

    I’ve been thinking non stop about going back to school lately but time and money is holding me back, hopefully I will get my act together and get this done before my daughter starts school.

  2. Sure is a challenge!!

  3. Nichole says:

    My husband and I are both in school right now we have a 22 month old and I’m pregnant with my second daughter (which I happen to be due today 🙂 ). Its not easy by any means but its totally worth it, our struggles now will benefit our children in the long run which makes it all worth it.

  4. Erin says:

    No lie… I was just browsing schools right before signing up for this site. I’m one semester from graduating, and expecting baby #2 in July. If I could come up w/ money RIGHT NOW for classes, I could hammer out my last semester between NOW and my due date… but not going to happen. I’m hoping to go back in September… but THEN there is the situation of daycare for 2 little ones. I’ll be looking at schools that also have some daycare situation. I know a lot of Community Colleges offer daycare for students… my goal is to find that on a 4 year campus. Good luck to you!

  5. Taunya says:

    There will be new challenges going back to school but totally worth it!

  6. Becca_N_Baby says:

    I plan to FINALLY go to school after my little peanut gets here. 🙂

  7. Brandi says:

    I will be attending classes after I have my child. I put them on hold for the duration of my pregnancy just to make sure I would not be trying to juggle too much at once. Never be too scared to do it. Many women do it every day and there isn’t a problem in their lives, but if you find it becoming too much cut back on your course load to help.

  8. emily says:

    i would like to, im just scared it will be to hard

  9. casey says:

    I have thought about it too.

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