(Closed) Unsure of what my next move should be..

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
1975 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@dannielle89:  can you study after having a bub? that is what i plan on doing except my order is slightly different to yours 🙂

Post # 5
8878 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@dannielle89:  Have you looked at Open university? You can get a degree online from a recognised university (Monash, La Trobe, Curtain, Macquarie, Griffith to name a few) or at the very least get credit towards your degree. It is also fully funded through HELP (HECS) and has a great system of being able to borrow from other universities libraries (so you can nip down to your local university and use their library resources). Online tutorials and study groups. It is a really great option for people who may not have the time to committ to fulltime study. You can do as many (fulltime courseload) to as little units as you like and they have more semesters a year so you can study the full year which means that even if you only do three units a semester you can gain a full year of a course because there are extra semesters.

Another option is transferring to Deakin University in Victoria. They have a great distance education program.

Post # 6
511 posts
Busy bee

Finish your education.  While no-one wants to think about it, sometimes life throws us a huge curve ball and we end up being financially dependent on our spouse.   God willing, you’ll be married to this man for the rest of your life but…. what if you’re not? what if, God forbid, something happens to him? You could be stuck with little money, and no way to support yourself.

I left a promising career to start a family and become a stay-at-home mum, something I am exceedingly grateful for.  However, when my marriage broke down after almost 11 years, I had to go back to school to upgrade my skills in order to be able to be financially independent.  My career has never hit the heights that I once aspired to, nor the earning potential of some of my contemporaries.  I’m not particularly bothered about it now but I do feel that it has stopped me from being able to provide my kids with some of the things I would like to be able to give them.

Better to be prepared rather than hoping like heck that everything turns out exactly according to plan.

Post # 8
8878 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@dannielle89:  I guess it is about prioritising. When I was doing my masters I was in a similar situation- working 12 hrs days (in a job that required a lot of travel both domestically and internationally), trying to keep healthy but also having to find time to study. It is hard but doable. I missed a lot of thing- weekend BBQ’s etc but in my mind it was worth it.

You need to figure out what your priority is and how it can fit into your life. If you need to make changes do them. You might even work out that university isn’t the priority you think it is for you. The worst thing is to look back on life with regret.

In this day and age we can have our cake and eat it too- it just takes work and sacrifice 🙂

I encourage you to check out open university- it might take you 5 years to complete a degree but you can accomplish it and all the other things in life you want.

Post # 9
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I guess I’m confused. I remember from another thread that you are already pregnant? And don’t worry! It can be done. Its not easy, but nothing worth having is 🙂 I’m in my first trimester and taking 10 hours of nursing school while working full time. I’m exhausted, but really fulfilled knowing we’re taking steps toward accomplishing both a family and my education.

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