I am a single parent with two sons (3 and 1) and will be attending Nursing school in Virginia this upcoming Fall. Unfortunately, my family along with my kid's father reside in another state which means I won't have much of a physical support system. I know many single parents have successfully completed this journey but, honestly, I am nervous as heck! I have some months left on my post 9/11 GI Bill but, not enough to hold me through the entire nursing program. Most of my benefit was used to complete the Nursing program prereq courses that had prereqs themselves. ugh. Eventually, once that runs out I'll have to apply for financial aid and/or get a part-time. I'm trying not to stress and I have been planning thru the whole situation but, I feel a bit overwhelmed.
To all the single parents out there: Based on your own experience, what advice do you have for a new nursing student trying to balance kids, school, and life in general?! Did you work part-time? Did you receive enough financial aid and/or work enough to support your family? Can anyone relate to my situation?
ANY advice and suggestions are soooo appreciated! Thanks!