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  • On a normal day

  • I'm usually getting up,

  • and getting the kids ready

  • for school,

  • heading to work

  • I work in marketing:

  • the kids are getting a bit older:

  • I've decided to do more

  • hours so I've taken on

  • a new job at work which

  • is an events manager job,

  • but at the moment

  • I'm doing two jobs.

  • It's almost like I'm

  • being three people in one day:

  • I'm the employee

  • one minute, I'm the Mum when

  • I get home

  • and I'm a student in the evening.

  • I'm studying English language

  • and literature degree.

  • I was 24

  • when I decided to do distance learning,

  • I was pregnant and

  • I'd been made redundant.

  • I've been studying for nearly six

  • years now.

  • I'm really lucky to have

  • an incredibly supportive husband.

  • He comes home in the evening,

  • he knows that I'm studying,

  • so he'll go in the kitchen

  • and clean up.

  • He's always tried

  • to say to me, you know,

  • 'Keep going. Keep doing it.

  • You're doing the right thing.

  • During my - what

  • would have been my second or third year -

  • I was pregnant, and I just

  • found that I was falling asleep

  • a lot while I was trying to study

  • in the evenings.

  • I had one day

  • where my dad

  • would take Josie, the eldest,

  • just for a walk for me

  • and I would

  • sit there and read, so I had

  • that time then during the day

  • as well.

  • Around two years ago,

  • my kids were obviously

  • one and three years old,

  • my husband was working

  • nights.

  • It was a really difficult time

  • just to find the time to study.

  • When I was struggling,

  • I had to ask for some extensions

  • and I contacted my tutor,

  • who was really good at just saying

  • I can have an extra week here,

  • an extra week there where I needed

  • and you know, they were

  • really good at supporting that

  • I think the first year,

  • in terms of motivation,

  • was easy but then as it's gone harder,

  • it's been harder to stay motivated.

  • One of the best things to do

  • I've found to turn it around

  • is to focus on aspects

  • that you can find interesting.

  • My advice to somebody

  • who's maybe struggling

  • with motivation would be that,

  • you know, the end is in sight.

  • Think about what - how good

  • it'll feel when you finish, because

  • that's certainly what drives me through.

  • One of the key drivers for me

  • when I started the degree was that

  • I wanted to be a role

  • model to my children.

  • You know, I wanted to be able

  • to kind of come out at the end of

  • it and say "Mummy's got a degree,

  • look what I've done and

  • look at how I've achieved it."

  • My advice to a busy mum

  • who's thinking about distance learning

  • would be that, if you want

  • to do it, you can find the time for it.

  • Often at big birthdays

  • I suppose there's a sense of reflection

  • of kind of what you've

  • achieved, and there's a huge sense

  • of achievement for me turning 30.

  • So much has happened in

  • those six years that I've

  • been doing it, but it's been great:

  • I've not regretted one moment of it now.

  • I feel like I'm a different person

  • now than I was then.

  • Things have been constantly changing,

  • constantly moving, and I just hope that,

  • you know, over the next six years,

  • even though I'm not going to do

  • another degree, I hope that

  • I can achieve as much over the next period

  • as what I've done in this period.

  • Go the distance.

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A2 degree distance studying achieved mum pregnant

Student Life – Going the distance

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/07/01
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