Back-to-School for College Moms: A Comprehensive Guide

Just because we're wrapping up Back-to-School week here on Early Mama, that doesn't mean the school-related content will end. I know that college is an important topic for young moms — whether you're starting undergrad classes, continuing with grad school, or thinking about going back to school.

Not all young moms are balancing parenthood with lecture classes and homework and internships — I certainly didn't — but it's a significant story that isn't being told. It isn't being told on the Internet or in marketing campaigns. It isn't being normalized on TV or talked about during campus orientation. You're facing real challenges and discouraging statistics, and where do you go for support and advice? Where do you go to feel less alone?

Three of our regular contributors have been college students during pregnancy and/or parenting — Emily (who completed all four years as a young mom), Megan (currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program), and Gemma (who spent her last semester as a pregnant student).

(FYI: I got pregnant on the day I graduated from college, and another Early Mama contributor, Heidi, skipped the college route altogether and is one of the smartest, most ambitious women I've met.)

In the meantime, here's a master source of back-to-school posts from Early Mama:

Resources and Tips:

Comprehensive resources for student moms on campus

How to prep for the new school year

How to balance school and motherhood

6 tips for pregnant students

Reader question + comments: How to balance school, full-time work, and opposite work schedules.

Reader question + comments: Managing the mom guilt

Why smart women get pregnant in their 20s

To those of you struggling

10 thing society says you need before pregnancy — but you totally don't


They Did It — So Can You!:

Emily is the Two Percent

Darlene fulfilled her dream of studying abroad in college — and she did with her toddler

Gloria is in her senior year of college, after getting pregnant at 15 years old

Shannon finished college and law school as a new mom, and has some surprising advice to young college moms

Tara recently got her Master's degree

Krishann did it

Jessica did it

Chaunie did it

And Megan and Cecilia are doing it right now