Juggling the demands of young children, a successful business and full time study is no small feat but as graduates Naomi and Dietrich Draeger have proven, it is possible and very rewarding.
The husband and wife duo were successful senior executives before they gave it all up and moved from Sydney to Murdoch to study a chiropractic degree at Murdoch University.
"We had Hugo when we started studying and we had another baby, Oskar, in the first year, just five weeks before semester one exams," Naomi said.
Along with two small children, the Draegers were also running an executive coaching business for senior health executives.
"We completely underestimated the complexity of the degree and the demands of having to run our own business but the thing that really made it all possible was that we had so much support from the Murdoch University Child Care Centre. The women that worked there were like aunties to the boys and we would not have been able to do it all without them," she said.
And the support didn’t stop with the child care centre.
"I have very fond memories of Stefan Pallister who was the Dean of Chiropractic and Sports Science. He’d take technique classes and while we were doing our prac, he’d walk around with Oskar on his hip."
The dynamic duo, who moved back to their home in Paddington, are now in the process of setting up Peak Performance Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, a clinic in the Sydney suburb of Terrey Hills, where Hugo and Oskar have just started at the German international school.