Wednesday, March 30, 2011

New semester

This may come off as a sort of "vent-ee" sort of post (no, not the Starbucks large size coffee kind; though that does sound nice right about now!) the kind that could potentially get a little whiney, as I air my frustrations.

I am a 30 year old, mom of 2 kids, who is also pursuing a nursing degree. There have been many perks to being an adult in college; but one not so "perky" aspect is one that comes up every single semester! The schedule game. I am a stay at home mom, my husband works full time plus more running a company practically solely on his own. It tends to fall on my shoulders how the kids are cared for and when each new semester comes up; I am forced to find a class time that works with someone that can watch the kids. My mom does home daycare, so during the year Acilia is in class and Miles can go to her house. Works quite well. Summer semester is next up and I am in for a doozy of a class. 4 credit hours. Which translates to lab and lecture hours condensed into a 8 week course. I am looking at 6 hours of class time two days a week, OR giving up 4 days a week for shorter periods of time. Both options suck in my eyes because asking my mom to watch an additional 2 kids for 12 hours a week on her already heavier load of kids over the summer is just unkind, yet I don't really want to be spending 4 days a week in class when I am trying to enjoy summer with my kids.
I have begrudgingly opted to do the 2 days a week class. It's smack in the middle of the day so at this point, I have no idea what to do with my kids during that time! I know it will all work out, and I know there are bigger problems in the world, but it's just so frustrating to go through this each semester. I end up having to give myself the pep talks as to why I am doing this. Why I am committed to seeing it through. Why I will be SO happy when I finally have my RN license. Why this is right for me at this time. Why I should keep focusing on the reward of it all.


  1. My cousin is trying to get a nursing degree as well, and she also complains about scheduling problems all the time. She is a single mother of two and simply cannot afford to take off of work to complete her clinicals. Instead, she's been taking random classes online just to stay enrolled. I hope it all works out for both of you!

  2. Your cousins scenario puts my scenario in perspective, there is always someone out there that's got it worse! :) Her road sounds harder than my journey, and I bet we will both succeed! Thanks for the support!

  3. I am so praying about this for you.. IT is hard, and ya feel elast in the frustration part... GOd has a plan...He really does! and I know it will work out.. but I am praying that you will now it too!

  4. It's 100% worth the sacrifice...believe me! When you can sign "RN" behind your name, all the struggles will completely fade away. Good luck juggling family with school; praying for you!


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