How to Manage It All and Still Stay Sane with Anita Nelson
1. What inspired you to establish your business Nelson Education Consulting Firm?
Honestly, I have been working in an education environment for almost 6 years. Mainly,focusing on assisting civilian and military students with their financial aid. I have a brother who is going into his senior year in high school and I was amazed at how many of his friends were not planning on going to college nor even thought about it. I decided to start this business because there are way to many resources out here for anyone not to be able to attend college. Since I have the experience I figured why not utilize that to assist these students and give them the resources they need to be successful in the future.
2. What would you say is the average percentage of single mothers attending college? What factors contribute to why that percentage is high or low?
I would say around 15-20 % of single mothers are attending college. I believe that is a low percentage, and it has to do with being a single parent. The focus is on the child, that mother has to have some income coming in… having a full-time job, taking care of the household, and children makes it difficult to take classes and be focused.
3. The Tidbits Topic of the month is “How to manage it all ; what are a few suggestions you give to mothers who are trying to maintain employment and attend college?
I would first like to say it isn’t easy and I commend you for doing it! You have to stay focus on your goal and try to remain stress free. Sit down the night before and write down what you want to accomplish for the next day. Find time in your day for “me” time so you can reflect on what you have accomplished and how far you have come. Also don’t be afraid to ask for help! There are lots of resources at these institutions that assist single mothers such as child care while you’re in class if you can’t afford a babysitter. Take advantages of these resources that’s what they are there for!
4. As a woman, what are things that you do to manage it all, while staying sane? How does your spirituality play a part in this?
My relationship with God plays a major role in how I “manage it all”. I sometimes have to just stop what I am doing and pray. As soon as I get in my car to head to work I put my seat belt on and begin my morning prayer/conversation with Him. It gets my day going. Dealing with students with different demographics can get stressful but I have to realize that these students came for my assistance. You don’t know someone’s story and what they have been through to get to where they are now. I’m amazed at some of the stories I hear and it humbles me. I also have to separate my work life from my personal life. When work is done…it’s done. I leave it all there; the work isn’t going anywhere it will be there in the morning. You need to have that time for yourself.
5. On your website you have a phrase that says “Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself”. Explain what that phrase means to you and how one can apply that you their lives?
We hear all the time, the importance of having an education but we also hear that someone without an education can be just as qualified. At the end of the day no one can take your education from you! That is something you will have for the rest of your life. In order to make it in this world you have to be educated! Not saying you have to obtain a PH.D but strive to be more educated about the world and the career path you want to take. A college degree can open lots of doors and avenues for you to be successful. It may be a process… with a few road blocks but the end result is worth it!