difficult for families is a sudden shift in routines,” she says. The
application process takes a year, and couples can use that time
to start making little changes before school starts — such as
rearranging the daycare schedule or adding a regular date night,
Seth Roseman’s sons were 1 and 4 when he decided to apply
to graduate school at Wayne State University in Detroit. He
believes careful planning is one reason his family has fared well
during the transition.
“My wife and I took one-and-a-half years to get our finances
in order to prepare for our family to live on my wife’s income,”
says Roseman, 37, who previously worked as a development
engineer in the auto industry. “We got rid of car debt, credit
card debt, cut our spending and built up our savings.”
Every semester, Roseman talks to his boys about his schedule
and explains when he will be spending time with them. When
he started school, for example, he made a point of getting them
ready in the morning and taking them to school because he
would have less time with them in the evening while he was in
classes. He and his wife also discussed Roseman’s plans with
the boys’ preschool teachers and asked them to watch for any
emotional changes. Luckily, neither of the boys appeared to
have a negative reaction when Roseman started school.
Although he gave up a high-paying job, Roseman is eager to
find work in a field that will use his skills to help people solve
problems that will affect their future — rather than their cars.
The pros of maturity
Although Roseman occasionally felt a twinge of envy when
his younger counterparts had more freedom to do research or
study at all hours, the benefits of being a little older were also
Seth Roseman’s sons were 1 and 4 when he decided to apply to psychology graduate school at Wayne State University in Detroit.
He believes careful planning is one reason his family has fared well during the transition.