Single Parenting Students

Although it may be hard to believe, almost one out of every four students is a parent. Many of those parents are single parents looking to better the lives of themselves and of their children. There are a lot of disadvantages to being a single parent,

  • Childcare
  • Juggling family, school, and work
  • Finances
  • Obligations/Responsibilities
  • Very little personal time/Social life
  • Lacking study time

There are also a few advantages to being a single parent in school. They may not be as easy to find, but when you're in the situation, sometimes looking towards the upbeat and positive things are the only ways to get through. Some of these include

  • Age/Maturity (responsibilities can make you stronger)
  • Focus/Desire to succeed
  • Desire to be a role model for their children
  • Desire to better standard of living

These are obviously just a few pros and cons in a list that could go on indefinitely, but here are few tips for single parenting students to better their college experiences,

  • Stay organized! School is stressful enough without having to search for everything every time you need it
  • Don't procrastinate. Just because the project isn't due for six weeks doesn't mean you have five weeks to slack off. Slowly start pulling your thoughts together. It can mean a letter grade(or two!)
  • Involve your kids. Sit at the kitchen table to do homework together. Ask them their opinions on what topic you should choose for a paper. Look up fun songs together that will help you memorize your work. "Teach" them how to do things that you yourself are just learning.
  • Never neglect any aspect of your life, including some "you" time. It may be hard to find, but it can mean the difference between finishing that degree, and dropping out of the race before reaching your goal.
  • Keep an open line of communication with your academic advisors, counselors, teachers and even your childrens' teachers/care providers.

These tips are all easier said than done…especially the first two. But it is possible to get through! Many have done it before, and so will we.

http://dus.psu.edu/mentor/old/articles/070207lt.htm

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