You can’t pour from an empty cup. Knowing when to ask for help is fundamental to any studying parent’s success. From researching childcare to opening up to a family member, it’s important to feel supported and have a strong network to turn to throughout your study journey. It takes a village, and in this episode of Textbook Mumma, we go through the support options available to you as a USQ studying parent and how to utilise them, whether you study online or on-campus.
A uni student? A parent? A partner? Or a bit of everything? Studying parents can often experience an identity confusion as they navigate through their degrees and try to make sense of being a parent and a uni student at the same time. In this episode of Textbook Mumma, we explore the stereotypes, expectations and realities of being a studying parent at USQ. Tune in as we ask the big questions about finding more of yourself and whether you can really have the best of both worlds.
If growing a tiny human inside you isn’t enough of a workload, studying at university at the same time definitely takes the cake! From morning (make that all day) sickness to baby brain – the studying parent struggles are real and it’s no easy feat (did we mention the swollen feet?). In this episode of Textbook Mumma we reveal some of the untold truths of pregnancy while ‘on the books’ to celebrate our USQ pregnant studying mummas and raise awareness of the unique challenges they experience.
As a studying parent, it’s common to feel as though no one else ‘gets it’. Often, your family and friends can’t quite comprehend your study commitments and your uni peers just don’t get what it’s like to raise kids on top of a study workload. If you can relate, don’t worry, because in this episode of Textbook Mumma we break through the disconnection many USQ studying parents feel from their peers, and discuss how to stop comparing yourself to the crowd and reconnect with your family and friends.
Studying as a parent can feel like an emotional battle with you taking hits from all sides. There’s the guilt when you spend time with your kids rather than studying and then guilt when you study instead of spending time with your kids … it’s a double edged sword of guilt! In this episode of Textbook Mumma, we hear first-hand how other USQ students have prioritised their time, found ways to engage their children in the study journey and identified strategies to cope with parental guilt, which you can use to lower those guilt levels and breathe a sigh in relief.
Everything from conflicting schedules, bedtime routines and of course sudden sickness outbreaks are part of the package as a parent. Adding study into that mix can often feel like you need superhuman time management and organisation skills. In this episode of Textbook Mumma, we walk through the everyday techniques and routines used by USQ students to manage their time effectively while preparing for the unexpected circumstances that can pop up as a result of parenting and studying, with the importance of fitting in some personal time as well.