Higher Education Struggles: From one Mom to Another, It’s Worth It!
When the administration at my job came to me and said, “We would like you to pursue your Masters degree” I thought how I can possibly do this. I had been procrastinating advancing my degree for many years. Now I was at a point in my life where I almost considered it down right impossible. I had a 2 and 4 year old and was also supporting my elderly parents. I could barely find time to shower, walk the dog, make dinner, and play with my kids. However, I enrolled in an online program and began the journey towards my graduate degree.
I now hold a Masters in Cross-Categorical Special Education and completed the 2 year course in 18 months, doubled my salary, and obtained a 3.98 GPA. I am truly proud of my accomplishments and highly recommend pursuing advanced degrees. However, it is not an easy task.
The first few months were difficult. Not only was I struggling to find time for my daily activities (duties) as a mom with 2 young children, but now I had to add writing daily assignments, lengthy papers, and complete team assignments. I had many late nights and only did my school work after my children went to bed. Not only did I have to complete the course work, but I had to learn how to use all the new technology that was available. School had sure changed since I had last attended. I was scared and overwhelmed.
Thankfully, after the first few months, I was able to adjust. I did not have to give up time with my family and I loved going to school online. Online learning is competitive, fun, and extremely educational. Again I highly recommend it to any mother wanting to go back to school. Since I have graduated many of my colleagues have now enrolled in the same program that I attended and many of them feel the same way.
Not only did I advance my career and increase my salary, but I learned many new skills that I now bring into my classroom. I am less afraid of technology and I am able to connect better with my students and help give them advice about what college will be like for them.
It was also beneficial for my children to see me going to school and graduating. They are far too young to fully understand this great accomplishment, but they saw me work hard and balance family, work, and school. If you are thinking about going back to school begin the process. You will be glad that you did!