Student Parent Life: Would I Do It All Again?

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Somehow, it’s been a whole year since I finished university and got my results. A year since I published my triumphant blog post when I had the confirmation of my grades, and a year since I put my notepad and pen down and entered the Real World (because, let’s face it, Student World is very different to the Real World).

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year, and yet at times it feels like I’ve been adult-ing for much more than twelve months. I don’t think I’m doingΒ tooΒ badly at it, although I definitely have moments where I want someone else to adult for me so I can hide in a pillow fort and watch Disney films.

It’s been a reality shock; going into the big wide world with a toddler in tow, but it’s almost refreshing. I miss my university friends, and I miss seeing them every day, but I like work. I like not having the pressure of looming deadlines, or exhausting warm-ups and rehearsals into the night. I miss it, but in a lot of ways, I don’t.

Which is why it may surprise you to know that I’m going back to it – sort of. No lectures or rehearsals, and no student life – but back to the essays and the deadlines, and more of my already-fleeting spare time taken up with studying. In October, I start an Open University course in health sciences – the first of (hopefully) many steps towards a career in the ambulance service.

Is it daunting? Hell yeah. Is it exciting? Hell friggin YES. This is me making positive steps towards the career I want; it’s a chance to write essays againΒ yes I’m that saddo who loves writing essays, it’s something I can throw myself into and be proud of. The two moments in my life where I’ve been proudest are 1) giving birth to SB and 2) getting my degree results. With another baby not on the horizon right now, going back to studying seems like the obvious route.

Of course, if it starts to interfere with my time with SB, I won’t hesitate to put a stop to it. I don’t want to half-arse it or just scrape by.

I’m nervous and anxious and filled with doubts and “what if”s – but all I’m going to do is remember the pride when I got my degree results, and focus on making my little girl proud.

I was supposed to be doing my MA this September, but plans change. I’d still like to do a Masters in Drama some day, but right now isn’t the right time – it’s time to put my career first right now.

So prepare for more angst-filled posts about deadlines and panicking about grades, because I’m going to be a student parent again – and I can’t wait.

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15 thoughts on “Student Parent Life: Would I Do It All Again?

  1. alexandrahurton says:

    Good luck with the new adventure. I have one year left of university and I’ve been finding myself thinking about how I’m going to manage after. I think as a student in general, we rely on good old student finance and I’m worried about how we will be after.

    I also don’t like adulting some days and have been known to hide away with a Disney film!

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  2. Becky Pink says:

    Good for you, it sounds like you’re really excited about it so I think that means you’ve definitely made the right decision. Good luck with it, I look forward to seeing how you get on xx #KCACOLS

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  3. Silly Mummy says:

    I always enjoyed studying & academics, but agree that it is not like the real world. I’m not sure if I’d like to go back & study again now – I think maybe in some ways & I have considered it. Good luck with the new course – sounds like an exciting adventure!

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

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  4. wendy says:

    Wow so exciting! Good luck! I have often thought about doing an OU course but now is not the best time with another baby on the way. I hope you find the time to study and be a Mum, I’m sure you will πŸ™‚ xx #KCACOLS

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  5. Savannah (@HowHesRaised) says:

    Oh wow, so exciting to hear you’re starting another journey! Being in school, while also being a parent, is so tough! I’m taking two final courses this fall, and will be graduating in December with my bachelor’s and I couldn’t be more excited. Congratulations on all of your achievements, I know you must be so proud! And wow, ambulance work!? Very very commendable ❀ #KCACOLS

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