bommel Posted November 8, 2016 Share Posted November 8, 2016 (edited) Hey there, I've been lurking for a while now and I've seen that you guys give very helpful advice, so I've decided to sign up and ask a question, too. (I've checked briefly with the search function if there is a similar thread already, but I have not found anything. If I was mistaken, please move this post and accept my apologies...). So... I am currently putting together all the documents for grad school applications (if that is of any help: I am aiming for PhD programs in Political Science/IR in the UK, USA, Germany and France) and I was wondering (about many things, of course...) if I should include the fact that I am a mom (of a six year old child). I am worried that the admissions committee might think that I do not have enough time resources to pursue a PhD. This is of course a legitimate concern (if you don't know me and how persevering I can be), because it will definetely be harder for me than for others. On the other hand, this could also be seen as my specific strength, as I managed to juggle my studies, a part-time job AND caring for my child. In addition to that, I even did really well: I finished my bachelor's (Bachelor of Arts in International Development, 3 years) within the standard period of study (which is not very common statistically speaking) and with a 4.0 GPA according to WES. I am currently enrolled in a Political Science MA Program (2,5 years) that I hope to have completed by February 2017, with a cumulative GPA of 3.92 (MA thesis not included, because I have not submitted yet). There is an annual merit award from my university that I have received three times and I will most likely be awarded for the past year, too. Obviously, there are some parents out there that have managed to get into grad school - how did you handle this "issue"? Do you maybe even have some suggestions how (not) to put this into the CV/Resume/SOP? Thanks! Edited November 8, 2016 by bommel Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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