Story by Sofia Tarin

There are many different types of students on BYU-Idaho’s campus. Many of them are mothers, performing two juggling acts between schooling and motherhood. Emily Johnson, a mother and student at BYU-I, shares how her daily routine is always keeping her busy.

“I have two children,” Johnson, a sophomore studying communication, said. “I have an older daughter who’s 7 and a younger daughter who’s 2. We have to get up around 6 o’clock in the morning to start getting ready. I make breakfast, we get in the car, and I drop my daughter off at school. Then I meet my husband on campus because he works early morning custodial. We rotate it so one of us is always home with our children.”

But sometimes, life as a mother and a student at the same time can get a little overwhelming.

“We have a busy schedule with two kids, so it is hard to find the time for family,” Johnson said. “But I think we’re doing a pretty good job so far. The school work is the easy part, finding time to spend time as family is the hard part.”

Even on those hard days, it is worth it. In this changing and evolving society, getting a college degree is becoming even more important.

“It’s hard, but it is so rewarding,” Johnson said. “Every mother should try to get a degree so they can support their family if something happened to their spouse. If I can do it, you can do it!”

Johnson is an example of all the great mothers at this university.