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Do people often ask how you manage to do it all? If so, you’re in the right place.

Hiya. I’m Mandy. I’m on the brink of my 27th birthday, am a single mother to my almost-6-year-old child, work full-time during the day, and attend evening and online classes full-time. I will apply to law school in the fall and will earn my law degree (when I get in!) by only going in the evenings.

picture of Mandy & her daughter

6 and me at the Graffiti Run

I am not a traditional college student. I see resources for older returning adults and classes are geared for fresh-out-of-high-school-kids. But what about women like me? I am still in my twenties. I can relate to my class peers, but I experience situations that they don’t have to think about. I am also starting my career, but have a few years of “the real world” under my belt. I support myself and my parents live in a different city. I don’t quite have the experience of my established older peers, but also don’t have the carefree financial parental support like my younger classmates.

If you’re still reading this, I’m guessing this sounds all too familiar to you. Perhaps you’re in the same boat, treading water on your 4th cup of coffee at 9am when you have class at 6pm and your child told you, “See you in the morning!” at daycare drop-off. Maybe your sister is a struggling single mother and you don’t know how she does it. Maybe you watched your mother go through the same. For whatever reason you find my words relatable, thank you for reading. I post my lil tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way to make the juggle seem a bit easier. I want to share what I learned the hard way as I navigate through my college life. I am often still lost and stuck between decisions, but let’s reflect together, laugh at our troubles, and enjoy the lil things. But most of all, don’t stress. Worrying is like a rocking chair… it gives you something to do, but doesn’t get you anywhere. <3, M

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