Category Archives: College Life
Recently I have started a new adventure. I am now a full time student. I also have four kids, a husband, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a 4 bedroom house to take care of.
I am hearing a lot of how “amazing” I am along with,” How do you do it?” And of course,”You go girl!”
Let me correct some of you. I am NOT amazing.. My family is!! My family is having to put up with quick meals, doing more around the house (even the 6yr old who is the youngest), and a witchy mom.
I am NOT amazing, I am ALLOWED… All my kids are in public school (which I despise because I am homeschooler at heart). My husband has preferred that I stay at home with the kids while they were itty bitty. I agreed and this worked for us. (please working mom’s, don’t take that as an insult, we all do what is best for us and our families).
We have eaten more frozen meals, pre-made hamburger patties, and boxed meals in the past 2 weeks then we have in the past 15 years!!!
THEY are AMAZING for putting up with me and ALLOWING me to do this.
As for how I do it? I sleep walk a lot
I really didn’t expect college to be so emotional. My first class of the day is Intro to Deaf Studies. Today we watched a very enlightening, yet to me, very sad film about the deaf culture. It just makes me want to cry for all they have endured, and yet still endure simply because they are deaf. All the misconceptions through the years of how and why and treatments… It really did get to me. It also confirmed that although this road I am taking is long and might have some bumps, I AM on the right road for me.
The other classes were “easy” today. The instructors are nice and seem to want to know their students and help them too. You just have to speak up. (Isn’t that what I tell my kids when it comes to their own class work too?)
Of course I am the nerdy kid that tries to sit up front or at least in the middle of the room where the teacher is most likely to look the most often. The noticed student often does better. I am not afraid to ask questions. How else will I know? I am not afraid to answer out loud either, even if it is wrong. How else will I learn?
I am surprised by how exhausted I feel though. Physically and mentally. I hope that next week I will have a better routine down and start to feel more ‘at home’ with my new life’s schedule.
The alarm goes off at 5:45 am, at 6 am I get up and get dressed having already set my clothes out the night before so that I can get dressed in the dark.
I stumble into the kitchen and press the button to get my coffee in my cup. On the way back to the bathroom I knock on kids doors to wake them up. I put on my make-up, holler at a kid, do my hair, do my daughter’s hair, make breakfast for the kids that want it, make sure hubby is fed, and pack my lunch.
I kiss 3 kids and hubby good-bye as the high schooler gets in the car at 7:15 am to be dropped off at school on the way to my new job.
I drop the kid off, drive 15 minutes, find a parking spot, and find a seat in my first meeting of the day. I listen and take notes, ask questions. All the employees are asked to do projects and told what needs to be done.
On to the next meeting.. Grab a protein bar between meetings.. No time for a real lunch. I am thankful for the apple and cheese I packed and ice cold water.
Finish up the meetings for the day and pick up the kids.. Figure out what’s for supper.. get kids fed, bathed, their homework done, a load of laundry washed and dried, kids put to bed..
Alarm set to start all over again.
BUT going to college isn’t a full time job…..