This week’s Blogger Spotlight goes to a busy bee named Andolina! She is a mom, student, and blogger. She calls herself a “professional student” because she’s been going to school for 8 years to get her degree. That’s dedication! The interview primarily focused on being a parent and student simultaneously, as this obviously is a hard thing to do. Read the interview below, check out the links to her social media, and her blog.
Q1: What is the toughest part of being a college student and parent?
I’m going to have to get down to the real, down-to-earth answer to this question. The most difficult part, for me, is the regret I have for not completing my schooling before my babies were born. The financial struggle I’ve put myself and my kids in is huge. But besides this, and on a more day-to-day level, would be finding the time to spend quality time with them and keep my grades where I want them to be. I’m a perfectionist and I study constantly when I’m in school. This puts a strain on my time management because I want to give all of my time to them and school at the same time.
Q2: What advice would you give to a parent wanting to go back to school?
Do it. It’s hard, but it’s worth it. I also think that being a parent and college student can show your children the importance of education. I know that the fact that I have homework helps my son cope with the fact that he must do it too. I try to create study times where we sit down together and work on our school work.
Q3: What about psychology/mental health interests you the most?
This has got to be the most difficult question I’ve ever been asked. My interests can be a little out there, and may seem weird to some people, but I’d have to say that the most interesting thing about psychology for me is the psychology of criminals. I have a strong desire to understand the mindset that criminals (specifically those that commit murder and other heinous crimes) have when they are committing their crimes. The truth of the matter is, many of them aren’t mentally ill in the way that the world portrays them to be. Are they wired different? Of course, but they aren’t all psychopaths and the world really needs to understand the difference between criminally insane and psychopath.
Q4: Do you personally struggle with any mental health issues that help you in this endeavor?
Yes actually. I have for years, although just recently (within the past few months) finally reached out for help and got a diagnosis for the issues I’ve faced for years. I’ve been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, Mood Disorder (which ties into anxiety), and Moderate Anxiety. There is still a daily struggle, but given the fact that I’ve only recently gotten medical help, they’ve allowed me to learn that there are a lot of things that I can overcome on my own.
Q5: What is one piece of advice you would give to another student/parent blogger?
Don’t give up. Blogging is in no way a get rich quick scheme. If it was, I’d be loaded already. Let me tell you a secret…. I’m not. I’ve only just started seeing a small return on the hours I’ve put in. I’m 3 months in, and I worked my a** off to get to this point. If it is something you are passionate about, don’t let the slow days (and weeks) turn you away from blogging. It has huge potential.
Click the banner below to visit her blog and leave some love!
Any link marked with * is an affiliate link.