Distance no burden for Grafton mother's teaching degree
HOW does Grafton mum Laura Bruce get through the day looking after her two children and studying for her double-degree in teaching?
"A lot of coffee," she said.
Laura does her degree at Southern Cross University through distance education.
"If the kids are at daycare my day starts by getting them ready and dropping them off," she said.
"I come back and have breakfast, tidy up then do study on the computer.
"Then I bring kids home, put the washing on, cook dinner, bath the kids and back to study.
"When they are at home I don't get a of lot study done until they are in bed."
Laura said distance education meant she could work university around her life.
However, she said anyone looking to take it up needed to be motivated.
"If you don't have motivation you're better off doing it internally," she said.
"Finding time to do assignments and readings is the most difficult about the program."
Laura used to work in retail and took up the degree because she wanted to do something more challenging.
"It's good to have to think and work towards something," she said.
"And it's great to have something for myself other than just kids, kids, kids.
"I'd recommend anyone who is thinking about it to go for it, you won't look back."