Dear Diary, Sometimes I wish I were back in college. I didn’t have any debt. I had a lot of energy. I didn’t have any stress. I had a lot of dates. If I wanted to hit the snooze button and sleep through my responsibilities, I could. But most of the time, I got up and faced the day with excitement. My biggest decision was what to wear. When I became a new mom, a close college friend called me from a homecoming party. I couldn’t make it back to Michigan State, because I delivered a beautiful baby girl a few months before. She filled me in on who came to campus and who inquired about my absence. At first, I missed my freedom. Then, I realized being a mom is like being a college student—especially since I happened to be up in the middle of the night to answer the phone. Here’s how my life didn’t change as much as I thought it would. I eat breakfast food for dinner. In college, it wasn’t out of the ordinary to whip up pancakes and sausage for dinner. I couldn’t cook. Well, I did make a few signature dishes that convinced my dates that I could cook. I’ve since mastered more meals, but sometimes scramble eggs in the evening. It’s easy, quick and a favorite meal of my favorite little girl. The blender is my most frequently used kitchen appliance. Everyone teased me when I lugged my blender to the Kappa house to make frozen cocktails. I wasn’t a huge fan of sipping spiked punch with canned fruit floating on top from a garbage can. Instead, I mixed margaritas. When I became a mom, the blender still got a lot of action. Instead of tequila, I pureed peas, blended bananas and whipped potatoes on a daily basis. I wait on someone hand and foot. I was one of the youngest members in my sorority, so there were always upperclassmen telling me what to do. Now, I have a little person barking out orders from her bed, demanding milk and cookies, which I jump up and get. My day revolves around my daughter. I change diapers, make meals she usually doesn’t eat, read stories she doesn’t sit still to hear and push her on the swing as she pretends to kick me. I get my hair done in someone’s basement not a salon. For four years, my line sister Sam styled my hair in her dorm room. When I was cut and curled, I walked to her neighbor’s house to get a manicure. I probably paid $30 for my entire makeover. To cut costs as a new mom, my cosmetologist cousin does my hair at her house and offers a family discount. I pull all-nighters. I hated math. So much so, I took two Algebra courses in one semester to fulfill my requirements as quickly as possible. Although a 3.0 student, I waited until the last-minute to study for finals. I would pull all-nighters and pray that I would pass. I didn’t pray for an A, since Jesus would have cracked open a book a lot sooner. As a mom, I stayed up at all night breastfeeding my daughter and reading mommy blogs. Although my friend’s call made me smile and sparked fond memories of my past, I no longer want to be back in college. I look forward to a bright and prosperous future with my daughter. She is more fun than any frat party and is more meaningful than my degree. Hey DFTM Fam—How are your motherhood and college experiences similar? Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.