Going Back to School While Balancing Two Careers and A Family Requires Planning 7

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Stacy and Chad Johnson have two priorities in life:  Lucy, age 6, and Alice, age 2.

Stacy, a Park University graduate, works in online operations at her alma mater. Chad is a director at a consulting firm that implements SAP software for companies across the country; his hours can be long and irregular.

The Johnsons have always figured out a way to balance their careers and their family without feeling they were compromising either. When Stacy decided to return to school, the balancing act became a little more tenuous.

It was two events of a very singular and personal nature that encouraged Stacy to go back to school and pursue a degree in healthcare.

“After my husband and I both lost our fathers to pancreatic cancer within the span of one year, I decided I wanted to help people in a different way,” explains Stacy.  “For the past couple of semesters, I’ve attended classes to complete prerequisites and other coursework to prepare for the Radiologic Technology program at Penn Valley Community College.”

Stacy’s course of study includes both day and night classes. Despite the change in their schedules, Stacy and Chad remain determined to keep life as normal as possible for their daughters.

“When I began taking classes this past year, we reached out to College Nannies and Tutors for help. Parents of the girls’ friends had recommended them as being highly reliable and, most importantly to me, they always felt safe leaving their kids in the nannies’ care. It was really a perfect fit because we needed someone who could help us through just a couple hours a day.”

“We’ve worked with a few nannies on a regular basis and in those cases the girls grew close to them and trusted them. I depended on them to pick the girls up from school and bring them home. Our nannies were very creative and some days I would come home to the kids in the backyard playing in the sprinkler, or playing dress up and going to a coffee house for ‘tea’.  Whatever they were doing I knew they were having fun and in good hands.”

Though her studies may require more of her personal time, Stacy is determined not to let them take time away from Lucy and Alice.  Much of her schoolwork is done after the girls’ bedtime, or on the weekends while Chad and the girls are doing things together.  Stacy knows pursuing this new career is as important to her family as it is to her.

“I expect to be in school for at least the next two to three years. I feel it is important – not only for my own success – but to show my girls that no matter where they are in life it’s never too late to learn more, and pursue their passion.”

Though life is a little different than what the Johnsons imagined it would be when they first started their family, they’ve worked through tough times as many do while figuring out how to balance their daily routines, supporting one another in their careers, while making sure the girls and their family remain a priority.

“There are a lot of times we can’t all be together, so we plan and try to make the most of our time together as a family. We are so blessed to have a strong support system of grandparents, aunts, and uncles that all love the girls so much and do more than anyone could ask to help. We absolutely could not have gotten by over the last several years without our families.”

Stacy and Chad are hopeful all the decisions they’ve made will guide their daughters toward a responsible, happy, and healthy life.

“Ten years from now I hope to be helping patients in some capacity,” adds Stacy, “whether it’s through happy experiences or sad ones. ”