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post #161 of 288
College Mama ~

Im missing class this afternoon because my sitter had to take her mom to the doctor. Hopefully dh will be able to come home early so I can make it to my evening class (he is working out of town).

Sydney has been throwing up since Friday night. We took her to the doctor yesterday - he said its just a bug. Poor thing, she has held down her toast so far this morning. Im so glad shes still nursing. But tomorrow instead of going to daycare dh will take her while I go to class in the morning and then he'll go in to work late.

Sometimes I doubt my sanity .....

Graduation is in 7 months..........
post #162 of 288
Hi all! I haven't read this whole thread yet, but still wanted to pop in.

I'm working on my final semester for my BA in Mathematics. I took my very first college course, a saturday morning class, starting when dd was 7 months old. Amazingly, even with having to take a 6 month break because of a move (didn't line up with the terms very well), and even while putting of having dd in childcare until she was two, I'm managing to get an entire bachelor's degree in just under 4 years.

We've been very fortunate that even going to 3 different schools, AND considering the fact that I'm a math major who took NO math the entire first year, I'm still finishing done "on time." I'm a little shocked, actually. Some semesters have been very easy, but I've had a couple of doozies. This final semester is particularly challenging, and it's the most important. I don't have any room to mess up, as we're moving again just after the semester ends.

I have to admit that I'm disappointed I won't be able to attend a graduation ceremony. I'm finishing in December, but my school (even though it's not small at all), only performs the ceremony once a year, in May. I am a first generation college student, and a non-traditional student, and for a few years, I've harbored a fantasy of my family coming out to watch me graduate, and then having a personal family celebration. But oh well. We've been so fortunate in other areas of our lives, that it's a little difficult to complain about things such as missed ceremonies
post #163 of 288
I'm not so sure I want to go to graduation either. Standing around in the rain with 15,000 people I don't even know doesn't sound like a good use of my time. And they don't even call out your name for the bachelor's degrees! So I decided I'll do it only if I'm getting some kind of honors.
post #164 of 288
i never graduated from highschool so c0ome hell or high water i will be at the graduation ceremonies for my class, of 2020. lol. if i ever get their which is looking better and better now that im looking at transfering to get an l.p.n. at another school instead of waiting out the 3 years to even get into the r.n. program at my current school. j congrats ladies for being so close.
maya
post #165 of 288

Are there any PhD mamas here?

I forget, and I'm too lazy to read the thread again, it's so big!

I'm just now graduating with my MSW. My thesis committee is really impressed with my work, and is encouraging me to have it published, which I will do in the next few months. One of the readers phoned me earlier this week to congratulate me, and she asked where I'd be doing my post-grad work (as if it was a given). I explained that I'd love to do a PhD, but the programs I'm interested in are in Montreal or Newfoundland, and I'm in Halifax. With a baby, possibly two, a partner who's working full-time and doing an MBA, and my own job, I don't see how I could make it work.

She told me about an interdisciplinary PhD program at the university I'm now attending. I'd heard about it, but never really considered it. I'm now really, really excited, because I think it would be a really good fit for me -- and I wouldn't have to uproot my whole family to do it!

What I want to know from any of you who are doing a similar program is, how hard would this be? I don't mean the academics - that, I can handle. But I'm worried about juggling school and family, especially if I have two little ones. I'm 36, so I don't feel I can put off either having another baby OR continuing with school, so I'd have to dive right in with both within the next couple of years.

Any advice?

TIA!
post #166 of 288
Well, I got a 76% on the first math test. I guess I need to devote more time to math each day. This being an online student/SAHM is kind of starting to suck. I wish I didn't have to be a student now, but we need the money I get from my loans.

I also got a B on my first psych essay. So I'll probably get a B in that class, and in the math class. If I get A's in the other 2 I can still keep my GPA at around 3.5.
post #167 of 288
I'm getting a B in Spanish so far, I think. My other classes are really easy, A's. I have bandied about the idea of increasing the number of hours I take in the spring, but I think I'm going to go w/ a 3 day wk instead. I'll have 3 upper-division courses and more Spanish, the upper div stuff SHOULD be harder. I also might get a part time job on campus, I'm not sure. I don't want to, but DH is STILL unemployed and we aren't really making ends meet. Next month I'm paying tuition and won't have any left to help w/ rent and such.
post #168 of 288
I have an A average in a relatively easy class. It's just a common A, however and I'm worried about the grade I will earn when I take Algebra and Trig next semester. (I'm taking one class this time, two next time and going fulltime next year.

I'm going to clep American Government and I think Western Civ. and American History.

I have broached the subject of taking 1 or 2 courses this coming summer and the kids seem open to me taking summer classes.

I am worried about my grades in math and the sciences.

Debra Baker
post #169 of 288
accchhh i am dropping two classes, biology and spanish. i just got overwhelmed with life. my mom and uncle got pnuemoniea. my dear dear grandfather has lung cancer that has not matastisized to his hip and spine. it was too much and i cannot concertrate on the classes.
but on a good note i will be transfering to a different college to begin nursing school in january. with no waiting list so i will be done in 3 semesters.
gratefully,
maya
post #170 of 288

Stafford Loans

How long did it take to get your Stafford loans done? I know I asked this several months ago and it seemed like the longest was 6 weeks. Its been a month since I did the paperwork and I opted to sign the note online to speed up processing (they said it would take another month if we didn't) and the note is still not available to sign! I called the FA office and the lady got all snotty with me that it can take a couple months. School is over in 7 weeks! I feel like by the time I get the $ school will be out!
post #171 of 288

I'm in a footnote



The prof I do research for thanked me in a footnote!

http://www.mcgeorge.edu/internationa...frey_paper.htm

It tells you something about how dull my life is when this is the highpoint of my semester
post #172 of 288
Quote:
Originally Posted by Satori
How long did it take to get your Stafford loans done? I know I asked this several months ago and it seemed like the longest was 6 weeks. Its been a month since I did the paperwork and I opted to sign the note online to speed up processing (they said it would take another month if we didn't) and the note is still not available to sign! I called the FA office and the lady got all snotty with me that it can take a couple months. School is over in 7 weeks! I feel like by the time I get the $ school will be out!
try calling or going online to the fedeeral stafford student aid website. those ppl rock when helping me.
sweetest congrat on being footnoted. how cool

maya
post #173 of 288
They must have seen my complaining because suddenly this evening my file is available and my funds were disbursed today! For some reason it looks like I didn't need to esign, I'm going to call the FA office tomorrow to make sure I'm reading it right.
post #174 of 288
congrats! financial aid can be such a pain.
maya
post #175 of 288
Quote:
Originally Posted by DebraBaker
I am worried about my grades in math and the sciences.
I was sooooo worried about this. I had to start in Math 95 (pre algebra!) I had a lot of anxiety. I had to study a lot, to get through 95, 99, 1010, and 1050 with A's and B's. If I can do it, anyone can do it. I found that it was absolutely crucial to get the right teacher. Ask around, and get in the right class. Science classes were easier for me than math.
post #176 of 288
Quote:
Originally Posted by sweetest
The prof I do research for thanked me in a footnote!
Very Cool!
post #177 of 288
I think I'll do better in sciences than math.

Math is just cold and harsh I have a friend who is taking Algebra and Trig and he struggled at first but he's getting A's. He said he had to work his butt off for the grades (3 hours of studying for every class.) I'm willing to do the work I just need to have the intelligence and that hasn't been proven.

I'm afraid of getting a bad professor I know I'll be asking the dumbass questions but it's been 27 years since I've had a math class so I'm out of practice.

Debra Baker
post #178 of 288
Oy! It's test day again. I feel less prepared than I did last time, but last time I got a 98%, so hopefully I won't do too horribly. I hate test days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anyway, DS has been having a terrible time and hasn't been sleeping. So, I'm running on about 4 hours of sleep today and yesterday was even worse when I only got 2 hours of sleep the night before. I honestly don't know how I'm doing it. I don't think I functioned this well on lack of sleep when I was young in in college the first time!
Anyway, I need my fellow student mamas to think good thoughts for me today. I leave for my test in a hour and a half.
post #179 of 288
i hope it went well, i also had a math teast today but seeing as i now remember the stuff she is teacher i was not worried. i just hadnt taken math since 6th grade. speaking of oy. but so far so good.
maya
post #180 of 288
Maya, I'm glad that you feel confident about it. It's difficult returning to school after so long!

I totally bombed that test. Well, I probably didn't fail it, but I wouldn't be surprised if I got a D or a C. I walked out of the building and there were several students from my class sitting on the sidewalk. We all agreed it was a monsterous test and most of the kids who were talking sounded like they did worse than I did. I actually cried on the way home (just a little) because I was so disappointed with myself. I slacked off a bit this time around, I think because I did so well on the first on. BIG Mistake!!! I memorized about 60 notecards of information and only about 10 of them ended up being helpful to me on the test.
This happens to me all the time. I study my butt off and find out I've studied all of the wrong things. What can I do to fix that? I've had that problem for years now. Does it just take practice and time?
Anyway, pressure's not off at all either. I've got a presentation due next week and I'm terrified about it. Work's been extremely stressful and I am still not getting any sleep thanks to DS. I truly think I'm going to lose it soon.
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