I’ve been told that my inability to attend a lecture because of my childcare arrangements is equivalent to not attending because I’m lazy or hungover
As a studying mother of three children, aged eight, six, and three, when I’m enrolling in classes at university I always hope I don’t get male lecturers. Not because I’m sexist, but because in my experience, they are.
I try not to let it influence which classes I enrol in, but I know when I see that the course lecturer is a Michael, David, or John that they will make my student-mother life more difficult than their female counterparts would.
I’ve chopped and changed courses and even universities a fair bit since I started trying to study as a mum, and this experience has rang true in each different course and each different university.
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When I started my Bachelor of Arts at a university in Melbourne, my very first impression of this institution was the politics lecturer who outright refused to be flexible enough to offer one of the three weekly lectures for his course online because it was impossible for me to attend the two-hour, 4pm lecture and commute 1.5 hours back to collect my children from childcare by 6pm.
I mean I’m smart, but I haven’t quite figured out how to fit four hours into two yet. Sorry. Embarrassingly, I cried when he refused this concession. His reason for his refusal was because if he starts putting lectures online, every other lazy and hungover student will stop showing up.