Mega multi-tasking: More moms head back to school to get more in life


by Mia Gradney/ KHOU 11 News

Posted on October 3, 2012 at 12:20 PM

HOUSTON – For most, the college scene is all about classes and cramming, but more moms are finding it’s a second chance.

Cheryl Jimenes, 28, is a student at the University of Houston. She’s also a mother, wife and veteran trying to fit school in where she can.

“I started after high school in 2003 and the money just got too hard. It was difficult and my parents couldn’t pay for it,” Jimenes said.

This time around she has the money, but not as much time, so she does most of what she can online.

“I’m on my fifth year now,” she said. “I can’t take all the hours that I need to.”

According to the American Association of University Women, 60 percent of online students are women; the majority of them are over age 25. Jimenes hopes to graduate next year and so does Katherine Berry.

Berry is also a mom pursuing higher education. Her kids are in college as well.

“My middle one, we’re scheduled to graduate December 2013. She goes to the University of Texas. I’m here (the University of Houston). She’s science and I’m not,” Berry said.

Berry is an accounting major, has a great internship, is president of the honors business fraternity and studies hard.

“I spend my evenings and weekends at home sitting at my desk, sitting at my computer, doing my reading, doing my homework and everything,” she said.

Berry’s confident her hard work will pay off. After all, mom knows best.