Hooray! So happy to find this thread.
I haven't been on these boards in years, so I had to re-register . . . I could really use some fellow student mom support, so I am very happy to be here.
I am finishing my BA in social sciences through a distance degree program at WSU (I've never even been to the campus
). I have two kids, ages 5 and 2, who both do a bit of preschool (2 days a week). My partner is very supportive, but works in the restaurant business, and is gone weekends and nights.
So, I am trying to figure out where I am applying to for grad school, and it is proving to be very stressful. I was never happy with my public university or community college schooling, and felt it lacked progressiveness. I have been looking forward to starting grad school at a cool alternative institute/university for as long as I can remember. Now that it is actually coming about, it is not what I had expected it to be. The programs I am looking at (schools like Naropa, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and Bastyr/Lios) require things like residential stays, to accompany working or adult students. This sounds great and all, but could mean something like ten weekends a year away from my little ones.
It brings about this struggle for me around doing something for myself, and being there for my kids. I am sure this sounds familiar, since all parents deal with it.
Anyway, it is very encouraging to see all of you working on your degrees, and once again am delighted to find this thread.