There are so many options, I don't know where to start.
There are degree programs for every schedule. You can go to class at night, on weekends or even one day a week. If you go for a degree online, you can be in class anytime. Set up a specific time for studying. Work out a system for keeping a calendar and organizing course materials, and let your family and friends help you. With a support network, you'll get there. Remember, making some short-term time sacrifices now could give you more time with your family and friends in the long run. You'll inspire others (friends, family, children, etc.) to pursue their dreams, too.
Almost half of all full-time and part-time students in the country are adults older than 25. You're not a minority; you're right in the mainstream. Adults go back to school all the time. Those stories you see on TV about a 90-something lady getting a degree? They don't make those up.
That's so not true. You can go to school part time. Most colleges offer programs you can attend in the evening or on weekends. Some schools even give classes where you work, or in neighborhood churches and community centers. You're reading this on the Internet, right? Presto. Almost every school has online courses. A number of states have external degree programs that let you work for a degree without any classroom attendance! Ask your counselor about these possibilities.
More and more schools have childcare for both married and single parents. Being able to drop your kids off to participate in a childcare program can be a win-win -- you attend class while your kids learn and play at the same time. If your college doesn’t offer a childcare program, ask a family member or relative to keep your kids while you’re in class. Also, find a local Boys & Girls Club where your kids can go. Don't just assume you have no options. Talk to people. You'll be surprised how much support you'll get when you make your decision and show you're serious.
There are many awesome jobs that you can get with a certificate, a technical or two-year degree. Others may take longer. But we can't say it any better than Philip: "Going back at 31 and wondering how to balance full-time work, a family and studying for school was overwhelming. I thought, 'To get a four-year degree at this pace, I will be 40 or older before it’s over!' Someone told me this and it still sticks with me: 'You’ll turn 40 with or without a degree anyway!'"
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