Posted: February 12, 2018 at 4:42 pm

This is the second part to a series on pregnancy and parenthood at West Virginia University. View part one here and part three here.

by Caity Coyne and Jennifer Skinner

Josie Fox, a senior education student at West Virginia University, will spend the rest of her fall semester studying for final exams while preparing to have a baby.

Fox found out she was pregnant at the end of her junior year.

“I was very scared at first. I’m in college, and I had just applied for the [Benedum Five-Year Teacher Education Program] I wanted to be in. I was worried about how I was going to be a mom and be in college at the same time.”

Fox planned to take just a semester off of school after the baby is born, but because of the semester-based course structure of the Benedum Program, Fox will have to miss a whole year and graduate with the class behind her.

The stress of looking at her academic future, though, is met by unwavering support from her family and her boyfriend, who is in law school at WVU. Her baby is due in January 2018.