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Is it possible to balance a full time job, full school course load, being a single mom, and maintaining a socail life?

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I am naturally a very ambitious person and plan on taking a full course load, continue working my full-time job, and parenting my daughter as a single parent. Is this massively ambitious, or do-able to some degree? I currently work with the IDD community and am looking to become a behavior specialist specializing in autisim.
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Megan’s Answer

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I appreciate your ambition! I was the same way when completing my Master's degree. I was working full-time and attending school full-time in the evenings. I did not have a child at the moment; however, I was married and balancing time with my husband/ family/ friends. It was tough. I would say that everything was put on the back burner, besides school/work. I was full-time focused on work from 8-5 and then school from 6-9. Outside of school, I also had a ton of homework that was done in the late evenings, plus weekends. Are you able to just complete a few courses here and there instead of attending full-time? This is what I would recommend!
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Denise’s Answer

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Not if you want your sanity, a full head of hair, and to remember any of what you did in those years. Whether you go full time or part time, there is sacrifice. No one thing will get all of your attention (child, family, job, friends). You will feel guilty at times, they will be mad at times even when they know you are doing something positive. There will be times when you can take more classes, but when there are difficult ones, don't push too much. I hope you have a great support system and take at least half a day off a week from work, chores, homework... guilt free!
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Krystal’s Answer

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Honestly.....YES! I’m a living testimony. However, I don’t recommend it lol.

It can be done tho, you just need a healthy support system. And make sure that you showing gratitude.

You may have to combine things. For instance, I would hang out at home with my friends most of time. That way my child was home (asleep), I was home, and I didn’t have to spend a lot of money or time. SoMetimes when I would go to school, I’d bring my son and he would stay with people I trust or he would come to class with me. Some professors don’t mind. Also, i had a full time job working in a preschool where he also attended...same thing with church and community service - he was there.

You can make it work for you, you just have to make some adjustments with time and money. Keep pushing toward your goals and reject negativity. I was tired of hearing people tell me that I wasn’t gonna graduate......well honey, I did! Yes, it was hard...but now, you can motivate other single moms who are doing the same thing.

You got this momma! 😁👏🏾
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Nicholas’s Answer

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I personnally think its is a bit ambitious, I work full time am a parent but not a single parent, and the most classes I could comfortably take at a time was 2. That was also a few years ago when the number of kids I had at the time was smaller to. The only time I took classes 2 at time is when I had 2 rather menial work classes. I am sure it may be able to be done, I know I couldn't handle it though. I had a friend who worked full time and was a full time student for a year but our job let her leave work to take classes.I wish you the best of luck. It is also depends on how old your kids are, if they are teenagers and dont need as much of your attention as my toddlers do, it may make things easier.
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