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Social life as a mom and PhD student

Social life as a mom and PhD student

It is not unlikely that you will be the only mom in your PhD cohort. Though being a mom and a PhD candidate is unusual, it is not unheard of and does not mean you are less equipped than your colleagues, but it does mean you may have less in common than you did with your undergraduate classmates.  It is hard to navigate the social world of graduate school knowing your other life waits for you at home. One thing…

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Pros of starting graduate school when you already have a child

Pros of starting graduate school when you already have a child

Graduate school (especially a PhD program) overlaps with many of the child bearing years.  In general, most of your 20’s will go to the pursuit.  For this reason, the debate frequently comes up whether or not a student should have a child during graduate school.  Personally, when I started graduate school, I didn’t need to consider this issue because I already had one child and had concrete plans of having more.  Though many of my fellow students did not understand…

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