This post is by Liz Martin, an evening MBA Student
Juggling the responsibilities of work, school, and children is a bit like juggling flaming torches at times, but there are more St. Thomas MBA students doing it than you might realize. That was the impetus for The Balance Beam, a series of lectures and workshops for employee-student-parents on campus.
As we waited for the first meeting to start, other mothers and I compared notes on our three-year-olds. Turns out I wasn’t the only parent who thought that we’d made it past the “terrible twos” only to be confronted with the “treacherous threes.”
Career Services’ Maggie Tomas began by inviting a discussion of the term “balance” and asking the group how they felt when they heard the term. We threw out terms like “stressed” and “doing it all.” Heads around the room nodded knowingly as Maggie described her morning of trying to get ready for work while one child grabbed the toothpaste and ran while the other was asking for help.
Personally, I’ve been doing the work/school thing since 2006 and the work/school/mom thing since 2008. And I’m scheduled to graduate in 2015. Yes, I’m on the slow track. But because this has been and will be my life for a while yet, I need to find a way to juggle those flaming torches as well as possible. (more…)