Teen Struggles with Parents Going Back to School

Frankie Stevens

frankie“I have to take responsibility for myself because my mom isn’t there,” said freshman Evie Bartley when discussing her mother’s study schedule.
Evie Bartley is a freshman at Loy Norrix who loves playing volleyball for her travel team called Dead Frog. She enjoys snowboarding on Fridays, working out in her spare time and being the secretary for her executive board.
Bartley’s mom is currently attending school again to become a physician’s assistant and is working and studying for most of the day. With Bartley’s busy days and her mom’s absence, her best friend’s mom has taken up a helpful role, often carpooling when they snowboard on Fridays.
“In the eighth grade when I was trying to apply for KAMSC, she helped out,” Bartley continued, “My friend’s parents have really contributed to my transportation to all of the activities that I do.”
According to the National Center for Education Statistics there is a projected 23 percent rise in college enrollment of people 25 and older. Meaning more moms are balancing their children and their education. The website whitehouse.gov says that 89 percent of American workers would like more flexibility when it comes caring for their family.
Even on the bad days Bartley finds inspiration in the whole ordeal. She stays positive and is proud of her mom’s accomplishments. Bartley is happy that her mother is pursuing her interests and is enjoying her new job opportunities.
“It makes me want to work harder in school,” said Bartley, “seeing her succeed makes me want to succeed.”