Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Pregnant and in School

I had my appointment with the academic adviser yesterday. Overall, it didn't go very well and I'm feeling a bit demotivated.

Firstly, he was late for our appointment. Second, I guess I hadn't thought through the fact that this person advising me, could actually be quite a bit younger than I am. I felt kind of like an idiot. Which, I know I shouldn't, but his general demeanor didn't help. He wasn't overly rude or anything, just not very helpful. I wanted advice, options, suggestions, etc. Everything he gave me I could have found online. I felt a bit rushed out of there.

I left with more questions than when I started.

I have until the 1st of February to apply for Spring quarter (April - June). What would I do about summer quarter? Give birth before finals?? Oy vey... How about when fall quarter starts in September and I have a one month old and I am facing going back to work? I'm basically in the middle of my sophomore year and don't know yet if the exams I've taken for work will count towards credit.

Needless to say, I'm a bit overwhelmed and not certain now what I want to do. I know it's going to be hard, but will I be adding too much to my plate and get overwhelmed again? I don't have time for the crap I need to do now. You know, the stuff I'm neglecting right now while I blog...

I'm scared if I don't do it now, I never will. Am I crazy to take this on?

P.S. To answer your question Josey, I am 15 dpo today.


  1. You're not crazy. If the desire to go back to school is there, you should pursue it. If you find that after this semester you're overwhelmed, take some time off. I took my time with school (granted I wasn't KU) and when work was too much, I would take off a semester. It took me 8 years, but I did it. You should ask for a different adviser. You're going to pay a lot of money (or if you're lucky, work can pay for some of it) and you deserve to have an adviser you're comfortable working with. I think its possible to do both, but obviously Sprout 2.0 will come first for you. School will always be there if you find you can't take it on right now. You have some time before February gets here, so feel out how you're feeling with work and baby growing in this time and find a better adviser to talk to. Good luck!

  2. Don't overwhelm yourself with this Sarah - take it one step at a time!

    Email your advisor a bulleted or numbered list of questions that he can reply to one-by-one. It's his job to help you, and he shouldn't have made you feel rushed and un-helped at the appointment!

    Do that spring quarter, and then play it by ear. Maybe you'll want to take a quarter off, maybe you'll be welcoming the distraction. For me, personally, I'd have loved to have something to focus on these past few months. Maybe you'll feel the same!

    Your life will only get busier and busier with a little one around - i think it's smart to start going back now!!

  3. Thank you, girls. I really appreciate the encouraging word. I am feeling better about it today.

    I am going to consider going back to a community college first and getting rid of a few more of my pre-requisites. The CC is a bit closer to home too. Thankfully I have a few weeks to work it out before I have to commit. We'll see!