MOMS: Do you think this is taking on too much? - page 3

Hi everyone. I am a 27 year old SAHM to 4 boys ages 6, 4, 2 and 7 weeks. I am trying to plan my schedule for next semester. The plan was to only take 2 classes however I am now leaning towards 4... Read More

  1. by   BreatheFree
    Thanks for the replies. I am still thinking but I am leaning towards taking 4. Worse case scenario I can always drop a class. I am meeting with an advisor in a week so hopefully that will help me make my final decision.
  2. by   justme1972
    Just remember if you drop a class after the first day you don't get a full refund, plus you are out of the cost of your book for the class...that can get very expensive.
  3. by   bethin
    I'm not a mom, so you can disregard my input.

    Can you take any of these classes online? That will free some time up in the evening. I love taking online classes and I have no problems trying to pass them. My work is due midnight on sunday so I can do a small part each day of the week. The downside is that you have to be a self starter.

    I think you can do it. But the 7 month old still demands alot of attention. How does your husband feel about you going back to school? Is he supportive because that is very very important. If he's supportive, it will make life for you easier.

    I truly wish you loads of luck and that you graduate with honors and pass the NCLEX the first time. Be an insipration to your children.
  4. by   bethin
    Quote from Hopefull2009
    Just remember if you drop a class after the first day you don't get a full refund, plus you are out of the cost of your book for the class...that can get very expensive.
    Where I'm at, if you drop after a week you get a 100% refund. Second week you drop: 75% refund, third week: 50%, you get the idea.

    But you're right about books. If you drop alot of classes that's wasted money. Unless of course, you sell them to other students or on ebay.
  5. by   BreatheFree
    My husband is very supportive of my going to school. The sooner I finish the sooner he can go back and finish. As far as the baby he is a pretty content baby and is on somewhat of a schedule.
  6. by   lexi917
    I think you would have to reconsider in taking too many classes especially with a 7 weeks old. I would suggest to take 2 classes first, which would be a lot easier to study for and manage, after the semester is over then you'll be able to get yourself back to a full time student. I'm a mother to a two year old, work full time and go to school full time. It was hard at first trying to get back to school, but I started out a little slow and adjust my whole family into the routine. After one semester I'm taking 13-15 credits course loads now, and barely managing, but sometimes you have to squeeze every minute you got to study for what you want.

    But honestly, only you can tell how much you can handle. I'm suggesting two classes, because four would require a lot of study time, and with four kids I don't know how they are with leaving you alone to study. I think it would be good to slowly start adjusting them into your routine as you are with theirs.
  7. by   Satori77
    I am in a similar situation. I have a year old and an 8 month old. I started seriously thinking about nursing right before I became pregnant with my second. If it were just my older daughter, I wouldn't have a problem going to school full-time to get my pre-req's out of the way, but 8 months is too young IMO. The daycare I sometimes use the kids have to be a year anyway. I can't afford another one (it is the cheapest one around here, you pay by the hour and don't have to reserve spots) and I don't know anyone else to watch them. Plus he is still too demanding to get much studying done. Now my husband is very supportive, and I have been looking into night or online classes, taking one or two at a time. We just don't have the money right now for even that. But I really want to do it. I feel like I am wasting time, so I know where you are coming from. Plus, I am just excited to get started.
  8. by   Satori77
    Oh, and another thing that kinda sucks for me, is that most of the prereqs to apply to nursing school here, there are prereqs for those! UGH!! A&P you have to take General Bio I & II (which I have taken, but ten years ago and they won't accept them now), and developmental psych you need General psych. I took that too, not sure if they will accept it or if it is too old (I think it only affect science classes). Some of the schools also require nutrition and medical terminology, some don't. It is very confusing.
  9. by   lexi917
    yeah the pre-requisites are those which hold you longer from applying into most of the nursing programs. I'm thankful that the school I'm going to, Middlesex County College, A&PI are co-requisites to Nursing. Our pre-requisites are General Bio and Chem, which majority of the high school students would've taken already. On top of that we don't take the NLN pre-entrance exam, we take the TEAS which is much simpler. Not much A&P questions, just basic science that you should know from high school and basic math. Plus they're accepting 110 students into the nursing program this year. They're really good at joining their program with known hospitals and universities.

    Good luck to everyone! Being a mom doesnt mean you have to put your life on hold. Pursue your dream and never give up, so when you succeed, you'll be able to offer your child the opportunity in life that you always dreamed of.
    Last edit by lexi917 on Nov 12, '07
  10. by   catzy5
    we take the TEAS which is much simpler. Not much A&P questions, just basic science that you should know from high school and basic math


    This is so funny to read things like this. I am studying for the TEAS now, I take it this Saturday, and the Science portion (my best subject) is killing me! I have never taken any of these science courses before. Ap and micro and even Chemistry I would ace, but this science on the TEAS is nothing I have ever seen before. As far as learning it in high school that would have been 20+ years ago, however we never really took science I took a basic life science class and that was it. Physics and thermo dynamic stuff in the TEAS study guide is doing my head in.
  11. by   BreatheFree
    We take the TEAS also. The science part scares the crap out of me.
  12. by   catzy5
    Quote from Nurse2B2011
    We take the TEAS also. The science part scares the crap out of me.


    So glad I am not alone with that thought!
  13. by   lexi917
    Hehe, I'm sorry, didn't mean to give the wrong idea. I had the opportunity in high school to take AP Biology and AP Anatomy and Physiology (which was 9 years ago also). As a high school student then, if you have the opportunity and know what you want to do after high school, counselors would suggest the courses to take that would help us in college towards our major.

    I have also worked as a CNA through college so these information was a constant refresher to me. After 5 years of stepping away from college I'm now back and trying to get my career back on track. I find it very helpful to review not from one source but several sources that can help you to understand the subject. You can also search online for information if necessary, there are online study guides.

    I'll post up later on when I can find out the websites I've been refreshing my memories from also.

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