Motherhood and ‘Studenthood’: The Lived Experiences of College Student Mothers in Samar State University
This study used phenomenological approach in exploring the lived experiences of student mothers in Samar State University. Fourteen (14) student mothers participated in the study. Participants met the description of a student mother: 1) A bonafide student of Samar State University; 2) a biological mother 3) single parent or married 4) dad the custody of the child/ Living with her child and 5) willing to participate in the study. From the data analyses, three major themes emerged: (1) Juggles and Struggles of Student Mothers; (2) Inspirations and Motivations, and (3) Coping Dual Roles. The result suggest that these student mothers experienced a challenging yet fulfilling dual role. Their lived experiences can encourage and inspire other student mothers to pursue higher education. Keywords: Motherhood, Studenthood, Student Mother, Juggles and Struggles of Student Mothers, Dual Roles.