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right now, i work full time. i would really like to go back to school and get into a nursing program, except that the nursing programs are full time 4 day a week schedules, and i can't keep my job (can't go below 32 hours or 4 days there) and do full-time school. maybe this is more appropriate for the working/student mama forum, but i need input from SINGLE mothers, so i thought i'd try here.<br><br>
for those of you who have gone back to school, how did you do it? how do you make ends meet? i like my job...i work at whole foods, the pay is decent and the benefits are great and the discount on groceries helps a ton! but, i really want to finish school. what are my options here? can i quit my job? would i pick up a part time job? how do you make rent and everything else? obviously i'd need to finish the pre-req's for a nursing program which i CAN do part time and keep my job, but then what?<br><br>
what did you do? tell me your stories. i need support, encouragement, advice, you name it.
 

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I think the traditional answer is to live off student loans. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Right now I'm living with my mom & scraping by on CS & food stamps. It's rough, but it's two years and then I'll be able to get a decent job. (I'm working on my pre-reqs for nursing, it seems to be a very popular career for us single mamas.) It's worth it to me, but I am coming from nothing, from being a SAHM, so I'm used to being on the bottom rung of the economic ladder. I've decided to suck it up for a short while because it'll be better in the long run.<br><br>
I know there is one nursing school that has a nighttime program, but it is a trade school and insanely expensive. Might be worth checking into to see if something similar is offered in your area. At the very least, you can probably take all the prereqs you need online through your local community college, with the exception of anatomy & physiology.
 
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