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Old 12-05-2012, 09:44 PM   #25
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Want true insanity??

First, I did my MBA part time and worked full time starting when DD1 was about 18 mos old. DH was wonderful - he worked full time but was close to home. Frequently during those 4 years, my day consisted of essentially circling the Washington DC beltway between home and 2 offices and then school at night. I was definitely ready for it to end when it was over, but it did set up well for my next position. I finished this in 1997.

Fast forward to about 2003-04 (I can't remember exactly). Our 2nd DD was about 3 yo. DH had been laid off from his IT job and decided he wanted to go to rabbinical school. To do that, however, he had to get a Master's degree first. He did a Masters in Jewish Studies completely online. That wasn't too hard because I worked close to home and he didn't have to travel to go to school. The toughest was when he had to take a Modern Hebrew class and the only realistic way to take the class was to take it in Manhattan during the summer. He stayed with his parents in NYC during the week and came home on weekends. We sent the kids to camp or "Camp Grandma's" and we survived.

Then came time to apply to Rabbinical school - that didn't go so well. He wasn't accepted into the program. Next step, ....

Law School for me. DH still wasn't working and I got laid off. Decided I wanted more control over my life by having a truly marketable profession. What I didn't know, was that it wasn't like doing a part-time MBA. I had no control over how many classes I took or when. I was working full time at an awful position in my old profession and going to school FIVE nights a week 30 miles from home. The first year and a half, during which I also worked full time, was pure hell. I enjoyed school, but I was exhausted. I commuted between 1 and 1 1/2 hours a day, worked 8 horrible hours and then was in class between 2 and 4 hours a night. Needless to say, my grades were not wonderful and I couldn't do any extracurricular activities that really help getting a law job. Fast forward, I graduated this past spring, passed the bar this summer and landed a good job - all at age 47!!

We are proof that graduate school and family and work and life can happen. Depending on the program, the schedule and the family's attitude, it can be easy, hard or impossible. I'm very grateful that every time we went through it, the family all rallied together and did what was necessary. I feel we have been a great example to our daughters. I love going to school and we joke about what my next degree will be in. I have to say though, I not doing another full degree program anytime soon. Too many student loans to pay off from this one! I hope this helps and provides some inspiration to anyone who thinks they can't go back to school.
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