I Am A College Graduate After Raising 5 Kids Alone.

I homeschooled most of them, most of the time. If you're thinking about taking this step, ask me anything!


I graduated last June with a BS in Chemistry, when my two oldest were 20 and my youngest, 9. I was in school for 3 years until I got pregnant, then I dropped out. I kept going back for GenEd classes and then nursing school, one or two classes at a time. It was a way for a single mom to be home with her kids while 'working' (at school) about 25 hours a week. It was exhausting. I got remarried, and when my youngest was 3, I went back to school 'for real', still taking 2 classes at a time. My ex-husband, unfortunately, broke down mentally halfway through my coursework. More unfortunately, I couldn't help him, and we split up. I finished as I started, a single mom.


But I finished. I have one of the biggest student loans I know about for an undergraduate degree, but - yes! It was worth it! I work in a scientific community, and I'm starting to pay back my student loans. I even have a Very Nice Boyfriend.


Considering that I started college in 1985, and finished 24 years later.... go ahead - ask me anything!

Sylvie66 Sylvie66
41-45, F
2 Responses Mar 6, 2010

OMG! We need to talk. I homeschool my 3 children...have been doing it from the beginning and the oldest is in the 6th right now. I just started college in January and my hubby filed divorce papers last week. I am dead set on finishing school and homeschooling my children. I am not worried about any of the educational parts, just the emotional parts for us all. I commend you and I give you a badge of courage and heroism. Thank you for sharing this. <br />
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So what motivated you to push forward? <br />
If you are interested, have a look at my adventures: lifeorregret.blogspot.com<br />
strangechampions.blogspot.com<br />
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No big deal if you are not interested, I just do not want to repost on this site, because I put so much effort into the other sites. Also, I do not have all day to write, if you know what I mean.

I'm impressed.<br />
I've been picking away at my degree for many years.<br />
I'm no longer ill, I raised my family & I'm single.<br />
Although my continuing college will be because I love learning,<br />
I wonder how the job market is for the older folks (everything else set aside).<br />
Any thoughts on it?