Four Types of Classes to Take While Experiencing an Unplanned Pregnancy in College
Many women go to college to pursue a career that inspires them. Perhaps they want to become a teacher, a nurse, or a businesswoman. Jobs are also more plentiful if you have a college degree. However, women may find themselves experiencing an unplanned pregnancy in college and feel like all of their hopes for their future are over. But the good news is — this isn’t true!
If you are one of these expectant women — don’t worry! Adoption Choices of Kansas is here to help. You are not the first woman to go through an unplanned pregnancy in college, and you won’t be the last. It is still possible for you to finish college, earn your degree and pursue the career you want. We want to help you finish your degree on time, by sharing four different types of classes you can take while pregnant.
1) Take some online courses. Online courses are a wonderful opportunity, no matter what your schedule may be. There are colleges throughout the country that offer online courses, which enable you to continue pursuing your degree of choice and graduating on time. Online courses provide flexibility and can be taken at both a local community college or a four year university. A huge benefit of online classes is that you can take them at any location that you choose.
Navigating through an unplanned pregnancy can be extremely stressful, and finishing college may have been one of your lifelong goals. But, you do not have to give up your dreams! Not only do you have options available for your unplanned pregnancy, but you can also earn your degree through online classes.
2) Take some night classes. If you are a student who has a busy schedule, and has to work while attending college, night classes are very convenient. You can work during the day and take courses at night. Although most dread night classes, they actually come with a lot more positives than negatives. For instance, most meet only once a week and, like online classes, can be taken at a local community college or a four year university.
Night classes also typically have less students in them, so you do not need to worry about any personal judgements. The best part about night classes is that most include roughly a 5-10 minute break, which can be good if you ever need a minute to step out. Another great advantage to night classes is that, even though most will typically run from 6:00-9:00pm at night, they will usually end a little bit early. Night classes are typically underlooked, but they can be beneficial, especially because pregnancy requires a lot of attention and you’ll have regular doctor appointments to ensure both you and your baby stay healthy and safe!
3) Take some day classes. Day classes are also a good option and come with many advantages. For example, classes may meet multiple times a week, but are shorter. This can greatly benefit you, especially if you are wanting to spend a smaller amount of time per day in the classroom. Day classes can also have the most flexibility, because you can choose whether to have them in the morning or afternoon. Either way, you still have plenty of time in the day to focus on your pregnancy, and you do not have to stress about finishing your degree.
4) Take weekend classes. While weekend classes are a bit more rare, they do exist. Typically, they are offered on Saturdays and are more often found at a community college rather than a four year university. They are very similar to night classes in that you only take the course once a week for three hours. However, rather than at night, Saturday classes are offered in the mid-late morning (ex: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.). This allows you to work full time during the week, attend doctor appointments and begin your adoption journey.
Just like night classes, those that meet on the weekend also have very few students, which is beneficial if you are uncomfortable around a lot of people, but still want to have the experience of college.
Unplanned Pregnancy in College
Navigating an unplanned pregnancy while you are in college can be challenging and overwhelming, and we completely understand. College is meant to be a time where you are exploring yourself. To take classes of personal interest, to discover what you want to do in life and to pursue the degree you’ve always wanted.
However, your dreams of continuing college do not have to end due to your unplanned pregnancy. There are many ways to continue or finish your degree, while also focusing on your pregnancy and the adoption process. Colleges and universities cater to students of all different needs, and pregnancies are no exception. Colleges genuinely care and want to see you succeed.
So, remember — do not give up! You worked hard to get to where you are. Do not let an unplanned pregnancy shatter your hopes for the future. You will get through this. We believe in you!
Meet the Author: Jason Legasse is a rising senior English major studying at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. He hails from the Albany, New York area, but has plans to relocate to sunny Venice, Florida with his mom come Fall. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Jason plans to study General Special Education at Meredith College, where he will earn a Master’s degree and use that to teach middle school Special Education.
Jason is a self-proclaimed introvert with Asperger’s who really enjoys writing. He has a huge passion for helping others, specifically those with disabilities. He is very excited to be working with Adoption Choices over the summer, and looks forward to learning more about the adoption process!