Go Back to School
Okay, so you’re probably sleep-deprived and feeling a little overwhelmed already, but if you have recently joined the ranks of stay-at-home moms or dads then you may want to consider that this may be the ideal time to finish up that degree you’ve always wanted. You don’t have to take on a full load of classes, and with all the colleges and universities offering online degree programs you might not even have to leave your home.
I worked on my degree off and on for many years, but after I quit work to raise my baby I started thinking about how great it would be to get my degree taken care. If I wanted to return to work after my kids start school I figured it would be better to have my degree in place. I contacted the last university I had attended and it turned out I could finish the rest of my classes online, so I signed up.
I started slowly a first – a class here, a class there – but eventually I got into a groove and actually wound up taking a full schedule of classes. Even though the classes were online I still had to go on-site to take my final exam, and I’ll never forget waddling into the classroom to take my Statistics final while I was 8 1/2 months pregnant with my second baby. I got an “A” in that class, thankfully.
I graduated last year with my B.S., and although I don’t really use my degree right now it’s great to have it finished. Now my husband and I are both eyeing graduate school. We’re trying to figure out who gets to go first, because we don’t want to try both of us going to school while raising the kids. As for me, I think I may elect to wait until my kids head to school before I start my graduate studies so my husband can finish his up, but if anyone knows of any benevolent corporations who are itching to send freelance writers to graduate school on full scholarships, kindly send them my way.