What It’s Like To Be A Student Mother

moms in schoolBeing a mother can sometimes feel like a full time job. Being a mother while enrolled in college takes this sentiment to a whole other level. “It’s like spinning plates,” says mother and full-time Western Kentucky University (WKU) graduate student Susanne Hughes. “A co-worker said that once and it made sense. You have to constantly be aware of all these different fields going on at once.”

Hughes, like many student mothers, begins her day by planning what her children will eat for dinner and then getting them - students themselves - off to school. After attending her own classes, finding time to study, and working for a couple of hours in WKU’s geology department, Hughes returns home to clean, do laundry, cook dinner, and help her children with their own homework.

Nancy Toney, another WKU student and mom to a 4-year-old son, is in a similar situation: "It's like juggling the fact that taking care of your family and doing well in school is equal, so you have to find the time to give both of those equal attention. And it's really hard to do that. You have to learn to multi-task."

These hardworking mothers and many others like them understand the value of a college degree, and are willing to put forth more effort than the average student in order to earn theirs. Fortunately for moms in school, DSST tests (formerly known as the DANTES exam) provide non-traditional students with a fast and cost-efficient manner for earning college credit. And if you’ve ever met a student mother, you know that saving time and saving money are at the top of their never-ending to-do lists.

The DSST program allows students from all walks of life to earn three credit hours in a single sitting so student mothers can spend more time on themselves or with their families. What’s more, a DSST test costs just $80 (plus a sitting fee), providing these busy moms with more money for what matters most.

“You do what you have to do,” Hughes said. “With nontraditional students, a lot of times, it’s having that education that makes the difference between having a good life and living in poverty.”

We couldn’t agree more.

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