So far I only shared with you about my classmates with a maximum of 3 children. What if you a professional, who works full time and is a parent of FOUR kids. Is it possible to actually add PMBA at Robinson College of Business to all of your other responsibilities? You, probably, think to yourself “Of course, it’s impossible! There are only 24 hours in a day!” Well, let’s ask our expert – Crystal Alfred, who is a mother of four, my youngest classmate at GA State and a full-time employee in addition to all that. When interviewed Crystal, I wanted her to share the secrets of successfully combining the three roles (no, four roles, actually, as she is a wife, too) and performing well. See the interview below.
Crystal Alfred and Family
AS: How are you finding it possible to be a mother of four, maintain a full-time job and be an MBA student?
CA: Careful planning and scheduling. If I wasn’t at school on Saturdays, I would, probably, be at one of my kids’ game (now my husband gets to fill me in after school), and Thursday nights I would be in bed reading. I am a planner, and I waited to the point in my life were the school would fit right in. I have a flexible job that allows me to change my work-schedule to accommodate my school-schedule. Also, having a loving and supporting husband helps a lot. We make it work so that we can each fulfill our life-goals while not making the kids feel as if I were not around enough.
AS: What are the ages of your children?
CA: My oldest, Deja is 8; Tayshun (boy) is 6; Anaiyah (girl) is 5; the baby (boy) Tristan is 3.
AS: Do they help you with your daily responsibilities now when you’re at school?
CA: They all always help with daily responsibilities: from making their beds, sweeping and vacuuming to cleaning bathrooms – they do it all (all in moderation, of course).
AS: What is the most challenging part of combining and successfully balancing all areas of your life now?
CA: The most challenging part is making sure that I spend enough time with my kids and still get my work and homework done on time.
AS: Do you find the PMBA interesting? Has it been rewarding?
CA: I find the program very interesting. I love the cohort-method of learning as it helps create bonds throughout the program. The PMBA has been rewarding in that it has allowed me to kind of expand my mind in certain areas.
AS: What are your suggestions to the young mothers and female professionals who are currently considering joining the PMBA?
CA: Just do it! Only you can hold yourself back. Don’t allow yoursel to think that it cannot be done! Just put your mind into it, and everything will work out well. If you were to ask me “Crystal, do you have times when you want to give up?”, I would say “Yes”. In fact, we all do. But that is what will make the graduation so rewarding!
Wow! Very powerful and inspiring! Let’s thank Crystal for sharing her secrets of success with us, and I hope that you will take her advice and instead of holding yourself back you will “Just do it!”
I will share more stories from our students with you, so check back every Wed and Sat at 8 am for more posts!