Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents

I happened to be taking the train to work while jamming to some old school music. This was about the time they closed the City University of New York (CUNY) in early March. It felt as if everyone was running to get their paperwork and everything they needed to survive at home to work. I …

A Philosopher’s Perspective on Parenting During a Pandemic Read More »

BlogJune 11, 2020
In the fall of 2019, I began my first year of law school as a single mother in a new state living in hotels with my son. Now, we are stuck at home hiding from a pandemic. We have effectively gone from houseless to only staying at home. In this blog, I want to share with …

1L of a Year Read More »

BlogJune 2, 2020
This op-ed by Ariel Ventura-Lazo, an Ascend Parent Advisor for the Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents Initiative and a Generation Hope Scholar, was published on March 30, 2020 by The Hechinger Report. I am busy. Under normal circumstances. As a parent, college student and program adviser, I work and attend class — while also coordinating drop-offs, pick-ups, bedtime …

STUDENT VOICE: A working parent in college takes on remote learning for himself and his kids, says ‘something has to give’ Read More »

BlogMay 12, 2020
This op-ed by Lesley Del Rio, an Ascend Parent Advisor for the Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents Initiative, was published on April 9, 2020 by Imaginable Futures, an Ascend Network Partner. Life as we know it has been turned upside down. As a student parent, I am working on my associate degree while being a …

One Student Parent Shares the Impact of the Crisis Read More »

BlogMay 12, 2020
A partially folded pile of laundry, an essay left undone, kids’ toys everywhere. The coronavirus has turned my life into an unfinished thought – well-intentioned in the beginning but falling flat during execution. Pre-quarantine things were going fairly smooth for my family. We moved to the town where my daughter attends school, which cut my commute down by 30 minutes. My son was finally …

An Unfinished Thought: My Life in Quarantine Read More »

BlogMay 1, 2020
A follow up op-ed by Yoslin Amaya Hernandez was published on September 3, 2020 by The Aspen Institute. As a full-time student and part-time employee, I have just one more thing on my plate to balance what most traditional students don’t have – kids. As a mom of two boys under five, you can imagine the hectic …

I Am a Mom, Intern and Student – the Pandemic Made Me a Teacher and Speech Language Pathologist Too Read More »

BlogApril 21, 2020