I still cannot believe we made it to 2013! Where did last year go? I look at my youngest daughter and realize how quickly times passes us by, and how important it is for us to make the best of these times while we still have them.
Most of you know I have four children, (shhh talking about another one, but don’t tell Shawn I spilled the beans). I have three in school, and one that attends daycare. My husband and I are trying to get to a spot where I can stay home with the children. I feel like it’s where I need to be for now. We only get these moments once, and I do not want anymore to pass me by. Money isn’t everything, my fingers are crossed by this time next year to be home with my babies, possibly pregnant with another, or going back to school again.
This would be my second time to return to school since being a parent. I believe it’s important for us as parents to show our children returning to school is never too late. I want to be a good influence, and teach them how important and valuable knowledge is. It’s never too late to return to school, and it’s okay to go back. I currently hold a bachelors in psychology. I don’t use it, but I have it.
Why don’t I use it? When I returned to school, that’s the field I wanted to head into, by the time I was done I had already grown with my current job so much, changing careers wasn’t for me, and now I have different plans. I feel that at this point in my life I am more sure-footed, and able to make sound decisions about what I want to do for the rest of my life. WoW, that’s a hard one isn’t it. What do you want to do for the rest of your life?
I have attended school both online and in a classroom setting. With online colleges there’s no reason anyone shouldn’t return to college. I personally love the online setting, you work at your own pace, on your own time, and in your pajamas. I think that’s honestly my favorite part. I’ve started looking into going back to school, and will be attending online. It fits my needs, my families needs, my jobs needs, and allows me to be flexible. Being a mother it’s important to be flexible, which is why online learning is my best option. That and I personally enjoy the online environment better than sitting in a classroom. I learn better figuring things out, than listening to someone talk. There’s a big difference, and I prefer online.
I have been checking out Ivy Bridge College, and looks like shortly I will be taking a few classes online with them. I’m very excited to open this chapter of my life, and share my experience with my husband, and my children.
Why Ivy Bridge College?
First of all, I love the fact that they are committed to Moms. Half of their students, 50% are mothers. I love that, I love that they offer a system that works for moms.
They are flexible and convenient so that Moms, like me are able to ear their degree while we tend to our families, work, and raise our children. They have their priorities right. They understand that as a mother our families are first, taking care of our family comes before anything, and it shouldn’t be held against us.
Ivy Bridge College (IBC) offers their students support services. There’s even a free online private community dedicated to students who are Moms, a place for them to connect with other moms, offer supports to other moms attending school. Being a mom can be stressful, attending college can be stressful. I think it’s great IBC offers a place for student moms to offer help, support, or just get to know one another.
IBC also offers:
Weekly success coaching. This will include career planning, resume writing, and interviewing skills. (love this, wish I would have learned this earlier. It will be great to finally get some better interviewing skills)
- Free tutoring.
- Academic advising and guided pathways to earning an accredited college degree that is personalized just for you.
- Moms, and those that are not Moms attending college can earn a college degree is as little as 17 months. Now that’s what I like, not even 2 years and you could have a degree in your hand.
After you earn your associate’s degree, you’re able to transfer to over 150 “name brand” schools that partner with Ivy Bridge College such as:
- Arizona State University
- University of Maryland
- Pace University
- Peperdine University
- Rutgers University
- George Mason University
- New Mexico State University
- University of New Mexico
- AND MANY MORE!
Once a student as earned their associate’s degree you can choose to move on and pursue a 4-year degree. However transferring from other two-year schools can be a bit stressful, it’s highly likely you could have wasted time taking some of your classes, and wasted credits, time, and money on courses that will not transfer over.
Which is one of the awesome things about Ivy Bridge College! They handle that problem by establishing clearing articulated transfer agreements with each of their partner schools. Makes choosing to move forward with your degree a smooth transaction. ISB doesn’t want their students wasting time or money trying to better themselves. If you have a second, swing by and check out all of the schools partnered with ISB College HERE. I think you’ll be impressed with the amount of schools available for transfer. I know I was, both schools I would move forward with are on the list.
So everything sounds wonderful so far, right! I bet you’re thinking what I thought, how much is this place going to cost me. I’ve been down the online school road before, and honestly some of them make purchasing a home look cheap, lol. Seriously, I am always careful when selecting an online college, price is important, especially when you’re raising children.
Now let’s get into the price of attending Ivy Bridge College. Choosing a college is hard enough without having to worry about them taking advantage of you and the convince of going to school online. I think you’ll be excited to learn Ivy Bridge College costs less than 1/3 of what it costs to attend other private schools (as per the College Board). You can also apply for financial aid right from their website to help you pay for school.
Did you know that people with an associate degree on average earn 20% more than those with only a high school diploma. Those that hold a bachelor’s degree earn on average 65% more than those with only a diploma! That’s pretty motivating right there.
Now I have some exciting news for you! Ivy Bridge College wants to give someone $1000 tuition discount! Be sure to enter the Ivy Bridge $1000 Tuition Discount Giveaway.
“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Ivy Bridge College. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating and a discount on classes at Ivy Bridge College. To be eligible for the $1,000 discount off tuition at Ivy Bridge College (IBC), the qualifying individuals will need to be degree seeking, enrolled in IBC a minimum of part-time, and new to IBC (specifically, not someone who has already applied to, enrolled in, or requested information from IBC). Classes at Ivy Bridge College Extension are not eligible for the discount. Limit one per person.”