Bella429 Posted April 24, 2017 Share Posted April 24, 2017 (edited) At the moment I am feeling quite overwhelmed and I am hoping that someone may be able to offer some advice, suggestions or even a fresh perspective on things. I am a single mother to a two year old and in the fall I will be starting a MSW program as a full time student. I am having a difficult time figuring out how I am going to balance school work, taking care of my son. and maintaining some sort of sanity. I don't want to neglect my school work and at the same time i don't want to miss my son's childhood- I am the type of person who puts 110% into everything I do including raising my child, so knowing that something is going to have to give is quite unsettling to me. I feel like I need to go back to school in order to make a better life for the two of us, but at the same time i am worried that it isn't going to be manageable. I can choose to complete the program in 3 years as opposed to two years, but I feel the pressure to finish as quickly as possible because I need to get out into the work world and start making a decent living for the two of us. Also, if I do the program in three years I would be considered a part time student and I will lose a good chunk of the scholarship money that I received. The course load seems like alot to me; each semester I will be doing a 21 hour internship and taking 4 classes. I do have the option of doing an internship that is 14 hours per week and that is extended into the summer., but I don't think that there are many quality field placements that will take students who fall into this category. Basically my schedule will look something like the following: Monday: internship 8am-4pm class: 5-10pm Tuesday:internship- 9am-5pm Wednesday: Internship 9am-5pm Thursday: class- 9am-1pm Friday and Sundays: No classes or internship Saturday-every other week 3 hour class I am wondering if anyone else has been in a similar situation or if they found a homework schedule that has worked for them. I haven't been in school for 3 years, so it is hard for me to imagine how much time I need to set aside to do my coursework. I would like to have at least 1 day a week that i can devote 100% of my time to my son (or at least close to that) and in the ideal world I would like to be able to devote 2-3 hours a night to him, but I recognize that this isn't always going to be realistic. I will have most of Sunday to do school work and I figure I will be able to devote 6 hours or so to school work at least one other day of the week. I am just worried that this isn't enough and that I am going to feel like I am drowning. Edited April 24, 2017 by Bella429 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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