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Old Apr 22nd, 2011, 13:21 PM   1
sophielouise9
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juggling university studies & a child?


basically, i think i may be pregnant. I have taken two HPT & one came negative, one positive. I took the tests within 4 days of one another and have heard where it is common to receive a false negative, it is not so common to receive a false positive, therefore am waiting a few more days til i take another test to see the outcome then off to the doctors dependant on the outcome!
Although i am only 19 years old, i am in a stable, loving relationship with my partner of two years and we have both discussed the situation and if i am in fact pregnant, we will be keeping the baby. We both have jobs. However, i am due to start university in September to undertake a degree. I have spoken to a couple of people i know who currently attend university part time and still manage to bring up their child. I know that i can study my degree part time, instead of full time, which would still gain me a degree, just a little longer than anticipated!

has anybody ever been/is anybody in this situation that can offer me some advice/personal experience

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Old Apr 22nd, 2011, 18:00 PM   2
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My daughter was 1, when I went to university. My husband also studied in another university, we were both fulltime. It was all about managing your time, tbh. Of course every now and then some lectures had to be skipped, but as long as you can attend all the essentials (tutorials, seminars etc), you're fine.

I'm having our second baby in September, as I start my 2nd year in Uni. Husband's staying at home then to look after the kids, I'm terrified but hoping that it will all go well and I won't fail as a student - or a mum



 
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Old Apr 23rd, 2011, 05:18 AM   3
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my husband was at UNI when our first son was born and I was working fulltime for the 6 months following ds1's birth, DH managed his lecturers were great and put him in the same study group with his friends and they would bring him lecture notes ( any print outs not sent via email ) and they would have their study groups at our house, it depends how intense your degree is DH would go to the libary in the evenings to do work and work while ds1 napped



 
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Old Apr 23rd, 2011, 09:59 AM   4
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I'm in university and I work full-time, it's hard but it's manageable. Thankfully my LO has brought a lot of motivation back into my life, so I feel like I HAVE to finish school, I HAVE to get a degree and I HAVE to be able to support him. Before, I was quite immature as I'm only 20 years old as well, but now I know I've got to do it and I really don't have a choice. Since I work full-time as well, it can be really hard to balance everything but you do it because you have to do it. I have a really supportive OH and I have really supportive parents, so they are always helping me to watch him while I do schoolwork and tests. I hope you can find the same support in your loved ones, because I am extremely lucky in the sense I can work and go to school at the same time. Also, my OH and I don't get to see each other at all really, since we are both in school and work, we take turns watching LO so our relationship definitely isn't what it used to be! But we know that we have to do this right now and later on in life we can enjoy our lives together but for now we've got to do what's best for us! Good luck to you and if you need any advice don't hesitate to ask!



 
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Old Apr 23rd, 2011, 12:10 PM   5
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Agree with Amy. It's hard work but it can be done!
Me and OH are going back to uni in September and we have a LO who will go into the University nursery.
Having Max has given me more determination than anything to get my degree finished!
One thing if you go part time is that the funding is completely different. It may be something you need to look into to see the pros and cons of going full time or part time when you start.



 
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Old Apr 24th, 2011, 04:53 AM   6
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I was 21 and my son was 2 when i started uni. It defo can be done, i did my nursing degree full time which was pretty full on as i had placements aswell to complete. I finished last sept when i was 24 and my son was 5, and dont regret a moment xx



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Old Apr 24th, 2011, 04:57 AM   7
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You can always change from part time to full time later on. Your personal tutor will be able to give you all the advice you will re the systems in place at the uni to help you. If you haven't spoken to anyone about it, make an appointment and pop down.

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Old Apr 24th, 2011, 08:02 AM   8
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I was 21 and my son was 2 when i started uni. It defo can be done, i did my nursing degree full time which was pretty full on as i had placements aswell to complete. I finished last sept when i was 24 and my son was 5, and dont regret a moment xx
Congrats to you! That's wonderful. That's exactly what I want to do



 
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Old Apr 24th, 2011, 12:32 PM   9
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I was 21 and my son was 2 when i started uni. It defo can be done, i did my nursing degree full time which was pretty full on as i had placements aswell to complete. I finished last sept when i was 24 and my son was 5, and dont regret a moment xx
Congrats to you! That's wonderful. That's exactly what I want to do
Go for it hun, best decision i made. Dont get me wrong it was hard going and times i wanted to quit but i had a really supportive family to help xxx



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Old Apr 25th, 2011, 06:04 AM   10
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My husband and I are both still at uni, he's due to finish medicine next year, and I hope to get my Theology degree soonish. I think it's totally doable with a bit of support from your partner and parents Good luck!



 
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