I got accepted to UW-Madison for next fall and my whole family is excited for me. However, for the past 7 years my mom has had cancer and has been fighting it but it's stage four cancer and with chemo will make it only a few more years and without chemo (which is what my family is leaning towards) she probably will pass middle of next year. I want to be there for her to take care of her with my dad and my sister (who will be a senior in high school next year) but I'll be in Madison which is about 3 hours away from where I live. Are colleges generally allowing of students taking off a semester or two to care for family? And if they are, what if it's my first year? Obviously I want to be there for my mom but I don't want to end up like Ethan Frome and just stop trying to get an education. Any suggestions on something like this or thoughts on what Madison would do?