College is no longer the domain of freshmen right from high school. There is increasing evidence that more and more people are going back to school after the age of 25. In fact, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, the numbers of older student enrollment (those 25 years and above) is expected to rise by 23% between 2010 and 2019.
As a mom, you can no longer play the “I’m too old” card as an excuse for going back to school and fulfilling your dreams of advancing in your education. Here are some issues you should bear in mind as you plan to go back to the classroom.
Time and Availability
Moms have a lot of responsibilities. You’re likely taking care of your children, ensuring that they are dropped off to school and picked up on time at the end of the school day.
There is laundry and other household chores waiting for you and you also have to attend to your career. Therefore, adding school work can be overwhelming. It is important to take a critical look at your daily schedule and find out if you can rearrange a few things to make space for school.
You can also communicate with your family and ask for their support. Your spouse can take on more responsibilities driving your children to school and back. Your teenage children can also help with household chores to help create more time for you.
Consider Online Study
Most moms also prefer online study as it provides more leeway in the mode of study. For instance, online masters in gerontology at the University of Southern California will be more convenient for you as a mom than a traditional classroom.
There many advantages of online study. You can cover some course work during those few minutes that you’re waiting around for kids to finish their class, or you could listen to a virtual lecture during your 30 minutes lunch break at work. You could also take a few minutes researching material for your term paper while waiting at the doctor’s office as you take your children for medical checkups.
In other words, online study is flexible and can be done around your tight schedule. Moreover, you can have your virtual classes at night or early in the morning at a time when traditional classrooms wouldn’t be feasible.
What Are Your Finances Looking Like?
Your decision to pursue a master in gerontology degree will not come cheap. You need to evaluate your finances together with your partner. Will you still be able to pay your bills and put food on the table without incurring too much debt?
The good news is that you don’t have to shelve your dreams for furthering your education because of financial constraints. There are a lot of grants and scholarships, especially for mothers willing to get back to the classroom. These are options that you should look into to assist you in taking care of your college tuition.
Remember, your decision to go back to school is one of the best you’ll ever make in life!
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