- Family and Parenting
Full Time Parent and Full Time Student
Student and Parent
I was 18 when I found out I was pregnant; I had been out of high-school less than a year and I wasn't quite finished school; There was one class I needed and it was an elective which made it easier.
The thought of returning to to finish high-school had never once occurred until my pregnancy was confirmed. I chose to finish my secondary education via online studies; as I was very ill throughout my pregnancy and couldn't make the commitment to go to a classroom on a daily basis. The moment I had confirmation that I had completed high-school I was ecstatic and made the decision to attend college via online studies. I chose to take Early Childhood Education which I eventually dropped as I had no student loan funding due to not being considered a full time student; as well as it just wasn't the career path for me. I shortly after dropping out of Early Childhood Education, researched other colleges that had a distance education option and what programs they offered; It wasn't long until I decided on a school for Medical Office Administration; where I am considered a full time student and receive student loan funding.
Despite being a full time parent to a young, non-verbal, very busy little boy; I have been able to achieve marks that I never thought were possible for me, marks I had never received in high-school.
Just as there are challenges for the non- parent, class room attending student, there are challenges to being a stay at home parent, and a full time student, there's financial struggle, struggle of not making college friends, planning around a routine day in and day out, and the occasional very late night due being busy as a parent during the day and needing to get in study time for an exam or in order to continue receiving the marks I've been receiving.
I would say being a stay at home parent, and a full time student is one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. I don't know exactly how I am managing to be successful at this, but I am and I can honestly say this is the first time I have ever been truly proud of myself.