I am 22 years old and soon to be a mother of two in November. I've known only for a few years now that I very much want to go to nursing school.
I married a Canadian 3 years ago and am just now filing my permanent residency papers here. I have to be a permanent resident for a year before I can apply to the 4 year BScN program at UWO. I'm starting to feel like I won't be accepted, I won't be able to get the financial aid, arrange childcare, and that this just isn't doable.
I would love to hear from people that have been in a similar situation and succeeded. I think I need some encouragement -- I'm starting to get down about not ever achieving my dream.
Thanks for listening!
May 16, '04
I am also 22, a mother of three, married. I am in the States, and I do not know about Canadian government, but I get a child care subsidy for my children from the county. Because I qualify for the subsidy, I am also (financially) eligible for school assistance (books, uniforms, and tuition). It is very feasible to go to school, especially as a young mother because a lot of programs are allotted monies to assist young mothers (married/unmarried) an avenue for job training. You should look into the programs in your area. Try doing a Google or Altavista for programs. Even without any programs you should be able to do it, because a lot of nurse students are married with children.
That should take care of the financial so you are not in a strain. Then, when your kids are home, it's all about them. What time does your toddler go to bed? My children are bathed and in bed by 8, so I have after that time to study (quietly) plus the afternoon hour and a half before I pick them up from daycare.
It will all work out if you are dedicated and motivated.
I will keep you in my prayers. Best of luck and keep us updated!
Last edit by HisTreasure on May 16, '04