Happy Sunday, everyone!
This last week I have been really slow, its the first week back in school for me.
For those of you who don't know, I am a full-time student. I study journalism, fashion marketing, and anthropology. That probably seems like a random collection of majors, but I have a method to my madness, haha.
So my last semester on-campus was this time last year. It was a weird semester for me, because obviously I was very pregnant come the end of the year.
Being pregnant at school is weird.
Maybe it was all in my head, but I felt like there was a kind of stigma when I started to really show. But besides that, I was walking 0.5 miles to and from each class, so I was constantly late, tired, and always leaving class to go pee.
I took the spring semester off to have Roman, which is something that I don't recommend. I mean, if you have a baby I recommend it because it would be impossible to stay in school, lol. But in general I have learned that taking a semester off is super hard because it is sooooo tough to get back in the groove.
Now that I am no longer pregnant I have a whole new scenario to attempt to master:
Being an adult and a full-time student.
There are several reasons why this is seeming to be difficult, some reasons are obvious while others are not. Obviously, doing anything with a baby is harder. It just is. But I think what makes being a full-time student different (not harder, just different) than working full-time is the work that is put in after hours. Now, I obvious know that many jobs require you to bring your work home, but many do not. At least not to the extent that school does. Because, well, hello, homework. I have done the math, and I am out of the house/at school for 20 hours a week. That includes drive time to and from, finding parking, walking to class, and breaks. And I'm taking a fairly light load compared to some. If I had a language lecture this semester or higher level classes, I could easily add on up to 10 extra hours.
Now here's where it gets tricky. I've heard a lot from different teachers about how much work we should be putting in after class, and obviously it varies by teacher, subject, level, etc. According to this study, students dedicate an average of 17 hours to schoolwork out of class.
Someone once told me that being in college was equivalent to having a full-time job, and I see that clearly, now.
The thing that is the hardest for me I think, is that I'm trying to maintain an exclusive nursing schedule. Since I am spending more time away from Roman, and I can't pump (thats a story for another time,) I am adding more nursing sessions in when I normally wouldn't. So that is taking a lot of extra time. Also, reading from a textbook that may not be the most enthralling work gets a lot harder when there's a baby who needs your attention.
I'm trying to find a balance, and mind you its only been a week, so I have time.
So far I have found that taking a lot of breaks is really important. And to do my readings while Roman naps. I'm a writer, and I have gotten used to writing between mom-duties. It's rare that I lose my flow because of Roman, and fortunately my village (Alec and the one and only Lori Nicks) is the best in the world, and they are super helpful when I'm struggling. Alec is used to taking Ro when I'm writing, and now that Alec is in school and working (both full-time, because Alec is obviously a super human and a million times more amazing than I am,) my mom is stepping in and spending even more time at the house with us so she can be with Ro.
I am blessed.
If anyone has any tips for figuring out how to get all my schoolwork done amidst parenting, PLEASE let me know in the comments so that I can avoid losing my mind.
Have a great week, babes.