stressed single mom in college

Jackie - posted on 11/18/2008 ( 6 moms have responded )

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hi i am a single mom in murray kentucky trying to go to college for my nursing degree. My exhusband left our son and me when he was only 2 weeks old. Since the divorce, I have strived to turn my life around and get a better financial grip which i can only get through this degree. My fiance is leaving for Afgahnistan in Dec and I am having trouble finding a job that fits my son's day care and my class time. Does anyone have any ideas?

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April - posted on 11/24/2008

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I'm not a single mom, but I am a military wife & mom. With my husband's crazy schedule and assignments, I was finding it hard to go back to school too. I saw a few other folks mentioned going to school on-line. I'm not sure how far into your degree you are, but being from KY, I thought I would pass along this info. Check out www.kctcs.edu You can take classes on-line through the community colleges in KY which makes for cheaper rates for on-line education. (Like $120/credit hour vs. $340/credit hour). That is what I did, until I finished my AA. Then I transferred into one of the bigger schools. This was how I worked school in around mine (and my daughter's) schedule, and made it more affordable. You can finish all of your basics up to the Associates degree at the cheap rate. If I'm not mistaken, Murray has a transfer agreement with all of the schools in the system as well. Good luck!

Tracy - posted on 11/18/2008

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Find out if your school has an organization for single moms or working parents. Sometimes they have advocates who can help you with managing your schedule.The one at my school is called the Organization for Adult and Returing Students.

Janice - posted on 11/18/2008

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I am so with you. Single parent, college student, fiance in Bahrain....there is no easy fix. I suggest getting a roommate. It can be hard finding someone who will set a good example for your son, but it helps with the bills. I am lucky enought to qualify for a few scholarships and student loans. I also have a part-time job. I find extra income by selling things on etsy, craigslist, and ebay. Craigslist is also a great place to find clothes, furniture, coupons, etc. Check with your local state workforce office for daycare assistance. Most states have a program to pay part or all of the daycare costs for parents working or in school full-time if they fall into certain income categories. Good luck!

Sally - posted on 11/18/2008

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i would recommend mabye to take early morning classes say like 8 or 9. then start work at 10 and work till 5. a good job to look for would be a small specialty store that is usually open those hours. it wont be great moneybut until you finish school an easy job like that is the way to go .

Kerry - posted on 11/18/2008

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It would be great if you had a family or friend help you out. If that is not possible, you might want to look into online schooling. That is what I have decided to do that way I am able to work and continue to get my degree.

Tonya - posted on 11/18/2008

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work on line they are always looking for people i have done that it works i am a single mom and went to school so i know what it is like

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