Back in 1997/1998, I attended classes at Kettler Hall to further a career in Finance as I worked in banking at the time. Where I worked at the time offered tuition reimbursement (tuition only, no books or other fees). I already had a Bachelor’s degree, I needed more education to pursue advancement and my advisor recommended I consider pursuing an MBA, which I was considering.
I decided to start with a refresher in Algebra. It was as 8 AM Algebra to try to get here early enough to park at the meter four times a week as I had a mad dash after class to run to my car and make it downtown where I worked by 9:00 AM. It was a little unconformable as I was the oldest person in the class in a sea of 18-year-old freshmen, but I would study and do homework after putting Kyle to bed at night and aced the class.
Unfortunately, the next class was not offered at 8 AM and all I could find that I could attend was a night class and it was not one of the few online offerings at that time as online classes through the internet were still something fairly new.
Although I did well in the class, childcare was an issue. At one point I took Kyle with me and we were waiting outside my class for his Dad to pick him up so I could go in. It pained me to see the look on Kyle’s face to see that it looked like he felt he was an inconvenience to me. I ended up missing a few classes which resulted in my grades being cut even though assignments were completed and I did well on the tests. I didn’t want to be torn between being a good Mom or having a career and I decide to focus on the former and give up the latter.