It’s Not Too Late to Go To College

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Gave birth one week, back for mid terms the next. Soon after…Graduation!

I went to college right out of high school, for a while.  I let work get in the way, paid for other things before my education and before I knew it, I wasn’t taking any classes anymore.  I was just working and not making much money at it either.  I got married, had the first of my three children and then I decided to go back to school.  It was the best thing I ever did for myself, but it was really hard, especially with a new baby.  My senior year in college, we found out that I was pregnant with our second child.  The timing was tough.  I had to take a woodworking class to fulfill a stagecraft credit I needed for my language arts teaching degree.  I couldn’t put it off because they only offered it once a year, when I would be 9 months pregnant.  With the help of my husband, who had also just gone back to school, I (we) managed.  During that time, he took classes in the afternoon, me in the morning and we’d meet in a parking lot at school, exchange our daughter and move on with our day and tight schedules.  When not busy with our daughter, I studied, attended class 45 minutes from home, worked as a tutor for the football team, (that was cool) and had a work study job in the medical school.  I gave birth to our second child right after I finished up my student teaching.  I had my son one week and the next I was back in class asking the professor to let me make up the mid-term I had missed.  He didn’t even remember who I was because I wasn’t the pregnant girl anymore.  All that being said, getting my college degree was the best thing I ever did for myself and my family.  It’s an accomplishment that I’ll carry with me forever, improving my job opportunities, reminding me that I can accomplish large and long term goals, (I even made the Dean’s List and President’s List every quarter!) and it solidified the fact that my children could never come to me and suggest that the reason they weren’t going to further their academic lives was because I hadn’t.

I was also the first person in my family to graduate from college, but not the last.  My brother later got his degree and then my mother went back to school and got her bachelor’s degree and her master’s.  Now the second of my three children is leaving for college in the fall!  (He’s the baby in the photo!)  I believe that education is one of the best things you can do for yourself and for your family, but it’s not always possible to get to a physical location or find classes that work with your schedule.  That’s why I love that there are places you can go that make education more accessible and convenient.  It would have been such a relief if I’d been able to take online classes when I was in school!

That’s why I’m happy to write this sponsored post for Concordia University Wisconsin.  They offer online classes, which is such a blessing for busy moms who want to get a degree.  It’s not too late to go to college and it can fit your busy schedule! #CUWINSPIRE

Concordia University Wisconsin believe that you do not need to sacrifice your roles of mother, sister, wife, friend, and more, to pursue something you feel called to study.

Plus, they have tailor made their offerings to help you keep life in balance.  They have educational experiences ranging from free MOOCs or email courses, to low price Academies where you earn digital badges, to full degrees ranging from bachelors to doctorate.  Awesome!

Concordia University Wisconsin has world-class support that works with you every step of the way on your educational journey. They realize that “life happens” and have Student Support Advisers that aid you as you progress.  Hey, that would have been great when I was like…giving birth and stuff! LOL!

Are you thinking about furthering your education?  It’s not too late to go to college!  Find out more and sign up at Concordia University Wisconsin Online.

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