Mom and three children go to college together

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A single mom and all three of her children being enrolled in the same university is rare.

"They are so busy with their hobbies, with their work," said Robin Snider, mother of all three kids.

Their conflicting schedules and different majors keep them running in different directions.

"I like seeing them randomly on campus," said Hailie Allen, Robin's oldest daughter.

Snider, who is now 43-years-old, went back to school at the age of 40.

"I was very fortunate to have Dr. Neely as my advisor, and the first time I met with him I was so scared," said Snider. By the end of that first meeting her feelings turned around.

"I left there feeling like, ok, I can do this," said Snider.

Three years later and Dr. Richard Neely is impressed.

"She's serious. Not that others aren't serious, but she is very serious because of her maturity level," said Dr. Neely.

As for the other students, Robin says she never looks down on them.

"From my experience as coming in as a non-traditional student, I can see coming in as an 18-year-old. It would be very overwhelming to come to college and try to figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life," said Snider.

She also tries to keep the stress level of her three college kids low.

"Even if they aren't happy with what they are doing right now, they can always go back and make a change," said Snider.

It is this positive advice and her desire to help people with her degree that impresses her three kids the most.

"She's always worked somewhere where she is helping people or always had the desire to help people, and so, I think she will do really great in that field," said Chase Holeman, Robin's youngest son.

"I think it's great she did what she wanted to do instead of just dreaming about it," said Hailie.

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