Quick Tips For Parents Considering Going Back To School

March 1, 2022

Life does not always follow the path you would expect. Some of us assume we will go to college, then get a career straight after high school. However, you might have decided to drop college for a while and focus on your family instead. If you have been looking after a young child and managing a career at the same time, you might have only recently begun to consider the option of returning to college to finish the degree you started or begin a new one. Going back to college can be a great thing. It is a chance for you to open the door to new career opportunities in the future and show your child how important it is to pursue their passions. However, juggling life as both a student and a parent can be challenging too. Here is what you need to know if you’re looking into going back to school:

Look Into Financing Early

The last thing you want to worry about when you are trying to manage things like parenting and studying schedules is making sure you can make ends meet. With that in mind, start looking into your financing options as early as possible. Consider how much money you’re going to need to borrow to get your degree. You can take out student loans from a private lender to pay for college, with terms and conditions to suit you. If you get started fast, you can also look into potential grants and other sources of cash you can put towards your degree too. There may be special offers available for people in your specific situation. You could even speak to your employer about help to pay for your degree. 

Plan Your Schedule Carefully

Organization is the key to success when you are juggling a parent and student life at the same time. You need to make sure you have enough time to manage your studying, your career, and your family life, without burning yourself out. This could mean you need to cut down on your hours at work for a while, when working on your degree. However, there are ways to finish college faster that do not include having to sacrifice everything else in your life if you are willing to seek them out. You might also need to think about different methods of learning, like getting your degree online, so you can work on your studying in the hours when your kids are at school or asleep, and you are not at work earning an income. There is no one-size-fits-all way to approach getting your education as a parent, so feel free to experiment until you find what works for you.

Be Ready To Ask For Help

As a parent, you already have one of the toughest jobs there is. Combine that with a potential career to think about, and a student schedule, and you are going to have a lot of stress on your shoulders. No one will expect you to handle everything on your own without asking for help, so do not try to tackle everything solo. Look at your surrounding support system from friends to family members and find out how they might be able to help you make the most of your schedule, with everything from babysitting, to picking the kids up from school when you’re not available.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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