On an average weekday, Mrs Divya Menghani would get her household chores done, ensure that meals have been prepared and check in on her 14-year-old daughter before she sits at her desk to study.
As a part-time student at the Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre (NAA) pursuing a master's in education, Mrs Menghani tells tabla! that she initially had reservations when she started her classes in February.
She was unsure how she would be able to manage her responsibilities as a parent, wife and student as well as how she would connect with her classmates and lecturers.
But those reservations flew out the window when she entered the classroom.
"My classmates come from various professional backgrounds and I learn a lot of new things from them and I share with them my insights based on my personal experiences. My lecturers are very welcoming and dynamic," said the 40-year-old Singapore permanent resident.
Her passion had always been teaching. Before arriving in Singapore with her family in 2007, Mrs Menghani was based in Uganda in East Africa where she taught at a kindergarten and was a volunteer teacher at "several primary and secondary schools" for about five years.
In Singapore, she was a Montessori teacher in Global Indian International School and National Public School International Singapore after receiving a diploma in Montessori education. However, Mrs Menghani wanted to do more.
"Singapore offers many opportunities in the teaching field. However I could not get a teaching position in any school, as my paper qualifications were not enough. Hence I decided to pursue a Master of Education programme to upgrade myself. I believe it will help me in my future endeavours," she said.