Graduate school during maternity leave: good idea, or bad?
September 25, 2012 9:58 PM Subscribe
I am 30, happily married, and in the middle of next year will be eligible for a year of paid maternity leave. Around the time I become eligible, I am also starting grad school (MLIS at U Wisconsin, Madison). I feel like I could probably manage any two things: work + school (part-time), work+baby, or baby+school.; but not all three. I am attending graduate school part time via distance education, and my work is supportive..
For those of you who've had kids in graduate school - to what extent do these two mix? What worked and what didn't?
I feel like if I go to school part time (3 years or so) and then start trying for the kid, I'm pushing the age thing (I'd be about 34 - and I have mild endometriosis). If I have a year of paid maternity leave, could I use that time to attend school full time? Or just part time? This would be tricky in person, but I would have at least some additional flexibility due to it being distance education.
My husband, for what it's worth, pulls his weight around the house (he's actually neater than I am) and is pretty domestic/clucky.