Being a Parent and a College Student is essentially like having two full time jobs, both of which demand a lot of attention and allow you little to no free time for yourself. Despite the late nights and seemingly endless exhaustion, it is possible to get straight A’s and take care of your kids.
Components of Being Successful in Parenthood and College
Knowing what needs to be done and when it needs to be done by, is of extreme importance. Not only will you have exams and papers to write, but – depending on your child’s age – you will also have their extracurricular activities, homework, doctor’s appointments, etc. to also take care of. Maintaining a schedule or “to-do list” for each day will certainly come in handy and assure you that everything you need to do will get done.
Good Communication Skills are Key
As mentioned earlier, good communication skills are also important. Here, too, you may find that creating a long-term schedule will be most helpful. By writing everything – soccer games, exam days, doctor’s appointments, etc. – on a calendar, it will enable you to see where conflicts may arise. If something is unable to be re-scheduled, open the lines of communication with your professors ahead of time so they are aware of the circumstances and will, hopefully, help you come up with a resolution. Remember, most professors tend to be understanding if you have to miss a class due to a child getting sick and your needing to be with them. However, others can be more rigid with their absence policy so make sure you know in advance what it is and also make them aware of the fact that you are a parent.
Straight A’s While Being a Good Parent is Possible
As a parent, whether single or married, one of the greatest barriers you may find on your quest to getting straight A’s is finding the time to study and work on assignments without child interruptions. Consequently, you may want to factor in library time on the days that you know your child will be in daycare or at a play-date to ensure that you are able to focus 100% on your schoolwork. If that isn’t possible, look into possible child care offered on your campus as you might be able to drop them off there for an hour so you can hit the books in the library. The biggest key to success in college is to study, and study often, so schedule that time and you will find that being a parent and going to school is not as difficult as you may have originally thought.