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- Dec 2, 2008
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I am so excited to start medical school this fall. Anyone else starting with a bunch of kids? I'll have four when I start (preg with my 4th right now).
Well I have only 3 kids, and my youngest will turn three in May before I start school (if I actually get accepted, that is!). I can't imagine being pregnant right now, but I'm sure you have a great support system all worked out, and really, the pre-clinical years are pretty compatible with an infant. WTG!
There are plenty of women who have started medical with a new born,....KateB(although I believe her baby was a couple months old though), the OP, Nanon and a few others. I'm sure they will all chime in with there experiences.i am wondering if i should defer a year because of my family. i want to have a baby sooner than later, but if i start school this fall, then i wont be able to for at least another two or three years...
anyone been in a similar situation? do dental schools allow you to defer before your first year? or has anyone started school with a newborn?
i just wanted to chime in. I am in my first year of veterinary medical school at the age of 41 with a wife and 3 children. It is extremely difficult (but not impossible) to balance family with the #1 factor, the need to study without looney toons, scooby doo etc invading your preparing for a histology final. i have found it is doable, but I have come to the realization that i will no longer have a 4.0 gpa. which is fine because c = DVM so they say.I am in my 2nd year and I have 3 kids (7, 5, and 2).
It is very difficult and you need to learn time management. But do-able. If you have specific questions, do not hesitate to ask.
I am doing this now. If you have any questions or problems, do not hesitate to PM me. Enjoy your time now.Class of 2013- I will be starting with a 6, 4, and 2 year old. We debated finishing off the family (we have always wanted four) before this next fall, but decided to hold off for that 3rd year baby that I see/hear so much about. Maybe by then we will decide we are done- who knows?
I was pregnant/delivered the last two while working FT and taking 9 credits- school and family is doable, it is just a question of quality time versus quantity of time.
And- IMO- family/kids are the perfect, instant destressor. Who doesn't forget a horrible day when your kids run to the door yelling "Mama!/Papa!"?
You are kidding, right?I am so excited to start medical school this fall. Anyone else starting with a bunch of kids? I'll have four when I start (preg with my 4th right now).
Nanon,I haven't started medical school yet, but I'm applying pregnant, too. The baby is due in July, but if it follows it's brother's lead, it will be delivered and HUGE in mid-June. (Dylan was born at 38 weeks, almost 9 lbs and 21.5 inches long. ).
Quite frankly, I'm kind of freaked out about starting medical school right after having a baby. And a few of the programs I'm applying to start in June! Anyway, I haven't decided whether or not I'll defer. It will really depend on a ton of other factors, like, whether or not we sell the house quickly, how far away we'll have to move, etc. I'll take it as it comes, I guess.
At least the OP has some baby wrangling experience under her belt!
WOW! Three kids before you graduate!You guys are SO inspiring!!
I really do think that reading posts here have given me more hope and confidence that it IS doable (having kids and going to med school, that is)... with a good support system and supportive husband.
My plan is have our first right before med school, one during pre-clinical years.. and the third (and last!) during my fourth year... we all know these plans rarely work.. but it's fun planning anyway.
Our kids are the same age, practically! My youngest is 5 months as of right now, and my other two are 2 and 4.I'm going to school for the first time since HS graduation in 97. I start full time in January. I have three kids, age 4, 2, and 4 months. My husband works three jobs.
This is going to be . . . interesting.
I feel your pain with the whole childcare thing...Our oldest is good on his own, but the 4 year old runs approx. $600 per month for daycare. I have thought about this as well. My wife saysa lot of people get reduced daycare expenses (kinda like the reduced cost school lunch program) when they don't make a lot. this may be something to explore. As far as the pre reqs pile on the student loans...a couple extra classes won't be anything compared to the debtyou will accumulte while in vet school......best of luck to you......keep focused and you will reach your dream.Punkiedad: I think you are absolutely correct about being more productive when your day is scheduled and you have a lot going on.
Our kids are the same age, practically! My youngest is 5 months as of right now, and my other two are 2 and 4.
My biggest issue right now lies in having the finances for quality childcare while I gain veterinary experience and for paying for the courses I need to take prior to applying (I have a Bachelors degree, but I'm missing some required courses). Unless I do something big-time, I'm well on my way to another year of not being prepared to apply. It's rather depressing, actually.