Cherise is currently working to earn her degree online in mass communication and media studies after making sure her entire family was on board with her decision to go back to school. Her biggest advice is to call a family huddle and make sure that everyone is on the same page and understands the commitment that comes with continuing one’s education.
“You have to be organized and know that there are no shortcuts. If a problem comes up, make sure to speak up and ask when you need help. If you are married or have kids, you have to tell your family what’s going on, making sure to sit down and talk to them. Explain to them that this will require a time commitment but, in the end, will be worth it. When [my daughter] sees me struggling, she finds ways to help me stay on track, and when she’s down about her own classwork and grades, I share stories of my personal struggles, as well as how I persevered. When I’m sitting at the computer beating myself up for not completing my degree sooner, I tell myself, ‘at least my daughter will know that anything is possible with sacrifice, hard work, faith and determination.’”
Managing everything can be complicated, but completing your education can open doors to so many new possibilities for you and your family, like the opportunity to advance your career, increase your overall earning potential or even pursue a personal passion. With nearly 4.8 million other parents pursuing degrees, remember that you're in good company and the juggling act of parenthood and education is 100 percent possible.
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