Surviving graduate school and being parentChen Wan Lim
There is no reason why you should not enrol into an MBA course even if you are a young parent with a toddler. The secret to successfully surviving graduate school and being a parent is all about communication, planning and perseverance. With these tips, you should not fret and be doubtful if you are considering graduate school even if you are a young parent.
1. Inform your professors
Informing your professors and course directors that you have a young baby at home could save you the effort of explaining why you are missing classes. Pre-empting your course directors will give them a heads up that there could be emergency situations that might cause you to leave early or skip classes. If you think that you might not be able to attend classes, ask the course directors to email you the reading materials and also homework.
2. Informing your course mates
Apart from informing your course directors, also be sure to inform your course mates of your situation. In an event that you are unable to attend classes, you can borrow your course mates’ notes and even meet up to discuss what was taught in class.
3. Stick to the schedule
Come up with a time table, similar to the one you had in school telling you what needs to be done by the hour. Start with the time where you wake up and get the children ready for school to the time where you send them to your in-laws to babysit while you attend night classes. Be sure to stick to the schedule and avoid making compromises to it. By sticking to it religiously, you will find that your day will be more organised and there will be fewer things that will distract you from your schedule.
4. Communicating with your children
Assuming your children is old enough to understand, try communicating with them indicating that you are now a graduate student trying to pursue your Masters’ degree. As such, certain sacrifices have to be made and that they would need to be a little bit more independent now that your nights and weekends are probably occupied with classes and coursework.
5. Consider programs that are more flexible
Apart from controlling things from your end, another wise move would be to select a course which is flexible and could provide you with the balance between grad school and parenting. Get in touch with Study-masters.com for professional advice on which course and business school that suits you best, regardless if you are parent of a toddler or school-going children.
If you have decided to enrol into graduate school for your MBA, remember that it’s a team effort involving your spouse as well. Be sure to communicate that you being in graduate school also involve the cooperation of the other parent. Work out schedules detailing tasks and duties for your spouse that need to be done such as picking up the children from school or doing the laundry every other day.
At the end of the day, just remember that your stint in graduate school is just temporary but your newly acquired Masters’ certification is eternal. Of course, there could be fewer family holidays or some missed school concerts. However, focus on the end goal and trust that all will be well.