Hi everyone. I was hoping to study full time starting in Oct, and have a place on a Masters Programme, but after researching funding and finding out more about what i am and am not eligible it now seems that I will have to study part time. I find it quite stressful juggling lots of things and have just been studying for 3 years part time already, and found that my studies stopped being a joy pretty quickly as it became just another thing to fit in around loads of obligations, so I ended up doing the bare minimum and not engaging with it as much as I wanted to. I really want to be able to focus on this Masters as it's in something I really care about and enjoy- creative writing - and have wanted to do it for 6 years. My son starts school full time in Oct so that will help.
I wanted to find out from other single mothers who's BTDT how it was for them, juggling studies and work, and what helped them cope, as i need to decide if this is doable for me. I would only have to go into the university one day a week, and the rest of the time is self-study - a total of 17 hours - and I need to work 16 hours a week to have enough money. My son is in school 30 hours a week, so that takes up all that time...I guess I'm wondering, how will I do the housework/shopping/household management and self-care that I find essential? (I have not been working the past couple of years except for a few odd hours here and there, and yet even so I found it hard to fit everything in with my studies). My son is also a very demanding, intense child who needs lots of interaction and stimulation and I need to have the energy to engage with him properly when he is home from school. Thanks mamas!