23 Sep Doctoral degree at 50!
Road less traveled!
As you know, the theme of this week is to meet different mothers who have significantly made a difference with their “unique” personalities. Every child is unique and so is every mother. Sudha Krishnan, is one such mother of two, a daunting wife, a beautiful daughter and an award winning kind teacher. She has been working towards her goal( no not money minting process) steadily through her life. Here is what she has to say! You will get inspired, definitely. I ask her and many others on Sunday evening (I.S.T) about the interview. And with the shortest turn around time she is here with her deep and meaningful answers. Probably this is how the “First Ones” always work.
Back to school!
I started out as an economist wanting to get my doctoral degree in economics, but was sidetracked by life (marriage, kids). After my second son was diagnosed with autism, I became interested in special education and working with children with disabilities. I became a teacher in our neighborhood public school and have worked there for about 20 years. Along the way, I was invited by San Jose State University to teach a class for their credential program for teachers. While teaching the would-be teachers, I was inspired to get my doctoral degree in special education- and that’s what I did!
College at 35!
After my son Santosh was diagnosed with autism, I got immersed in how children learn and when an opportunity came up I decided to join as a special education teacher. The day I walked into the classroom, I knew I found my vocation. I remember thinking… I will not leave this place. This is what I have always wanted to do, and when your passion and work align, something clicks. I was never into making money, I had a fairly privileged childhood and don’t really attach too much importance to wealth. I have to love what I do, feel it in my guts that I am making a difference and be true to myself. This, I get from my work. I had to go back to school again at 35 to get a teacher’s credential and struggle with time management since I had two kids to look after now, but I wanted to do it from the bottom of my heart.
The fight with Autism
Doctoral at 50!
I feel the biggest challenge in my life was finding time to do everything I wanted. I had to really manage my time well, cut out all the unnecessary distractions, and focus on the job at hand. My father has always been an inspiration to me because of his work ethic and attitude. He has always encouraged me to meet all challenges head on. Because of the time constraints, I learned to become efficient at both the work at home and work at school, however, for a long time I did not worry about taking care of myself or my health. Now, I have added that to the equation too.
It is impossible to balance work and life and family and friends and everything you want to do, but maybe there are stages in life when one is more important than the other like when the kids are young, family is more important and maybe as they become more independent, work becomes more important and so on. But you always need crutches during hard times, and Prakash, my husband has been a great partner and we have always shared all work at home, so that has been a big blessing. Also, for me along my journey, my friends played a big role in helping me keep my sanity even when things were really crazy in my life.
And she leaves her message very clearly. I thank her once again and get back to meditate on her interview.