More opportunities are becoming available for women to go to college

Published 08/14 2014 11:56AM

Updated 08/14 2014 04:03PM

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - New studies are finding that women are preparing for college at a young age, largely because of role models and strong reinforcement by parents.

The University of Utah has been looking deeper into the subject and the issues single mothers are facing.

“Going to school and I work on campus and then going home and doing homework. That is my full schedule every day,” said student Dao Tran.

What Tran is not telling you is that she has to babysit for her family and gets little sleep in a hectic schedule.

“Here in Utah, a lot of girls are thinking that college is more of a second choice option to getting married and having a family,” said University of Utah Prof. Amy Bergerson.

Universities across Utah are battling that stigma with more options for women, especially single moms.

Scholarships are available for hard times like when the car breaks down or a medical emergency.

Opportunities are also available to bring your child on campus.

“We are just trying to create more spaces on campus where our adult students, in particularly women who have children, can really feel comfortable and can bring there families with them so they don't have to choose one or the other,” said Bergerson.

Those opportunities have helped Tran get her degree.

“It is tough at times especially when you have finals and you are trying to do the best you can on your finals and you have to baby sit. So it is hard to juggle all that,” Tran added.

Research has also shown that children in the 4th and 5th grade are able to begin college preps. By bringing the children to college, whether it is for a class or sporting event, shows the children they are part of the campus life and gives them more opportunities.

“Being exposed to role models and other people who have gone to college so that they can see what kind of options are available for them,” Prof. Bergerson added.

For moms who are still afraid to go to school be cause of the age difference, don’t be. People like West Valley resident and recent grad Natasha Hansen are there to help you.

“With my husband being in school and me being a parent now myself and going through the schooling experience with him, it has been great to be able to connect with students that way because I can relate to what they are going through,” said Hansen.

The University of Utah like many other universities in the state have a women’s resource center to help guide women as they continue there education.

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