So, the night before I start my first class of my 2nd year of my master’s degree, I figured this would be the most appropriate post.
So I actually applied to my program (Human System’s Interventions) before I knew I was pregnant. I found out I was pregnant after I received my acceptance, and then deferred it from there. I figured I would figure out what I wanted to do by then. I had my baby in August, and had to let them know by February if I would joining the program in Fall of 2017.
Come January, I was so confused. I loved being home with my baby, and wanted that to be my priority. At the same time, it was a really good opportunity for me! And if I was going to do it, either I did it now, or after my kids were all old enough ( whenever that would be) With alot of consultation and support from my husband, I decided to go forward with it. I figured if it really didn’t work then I could always leave.
So, I started my degree. Here’s a summary of how it was in bullet form:
– Although this may be implied and seem redundant – it is NOT a bachelor’s degree. It was WAY harder, and just a whole different level of academics.
– I never had free time, but I did make time to see my friends because I knew I needed that to stay sane. You need outlets to be able to work harder and better at everything you’re doing. Balance.
– Support is everything. Without my amazing husband, mother, and friends I qould never have been able to feel as comfortable as I did. Eesa did not go to daycare or a babysitter that wasn’t one of my best friends for even one day.
– It was an absolutely amazing experience. I finished my year with straight A’s, and felt like I had learned more in 1 year than in my entire undergraduate degree.
– With a baby not in daycare, naptime is your BEST FRIEND. Eesa goes to bed around 9:30-10:00 so there was no way I was doing homework after bedtime.
After I finished my last paper my husband surprised me with tickets for “Stars on ice” which was a dream come true – I’ve wanted to go to a figure skating show since I was a little girl.
I would do it again in a heartbeat. I’m excited/nervous for year 2, and can’t wait to see what I will learn next.