So, i am a single mom. I have three kids ages 9-15. I am a Barista at an in store starbucks (less pay, less benefits, no tips). alimony ends in a few months. Something has got to change. So I want to go back to school for counseling. Straight through from Freshman (I have a handful of credits that may or may not transfer) through my Masters. Quit my job and just power through. Heavy course load, every J-term and summer school. No breaks. Would have to pull a 3.01 or higher to get into grad school so time to study is a must. i would no doubt qualify for a fair amount of grants and probably food stamps. I will still get child support and rent from my property. The rest i think I need to just suck up and take out loans. When it is all said and done, I can hopefully sell my house and use the equity to pay off the loans. Two of my children will be graduated by the time I cross the finish line so i won't need this big house and the housing market can only get better than it is now. Once I have an associates I can sub teach at the local schools hopefully which will be an added source of income where I control the schedule. and hopefully I can find at least part time work in my field once I get my bachelors which will fulfill any practical hours as well as provide a little income.
When I am done I want to focus on crisis counseling and other short term counseling needs. think of it as a high school guidance counselor for grown ups.
is this insane? is this a cruel thing to do to my children?
Do i have any other choices/ is there a better way?
has anyone else done anything like this?