I’ve always dreamed about going away for college, but after careful consideration I’ve decided to stay local for many reasons.
One, I don’t really get along with a lot of girls. Yes, it seems a little snobby, but I’m just selective about who I associate with because I’ve been hurt so much in the past. Secondly, my college is 10 minutes from my house and it saves A LOT of money. I take the bus with my free student bus pass most days or carpool with a friend who lives local. I bring my own lunch or wait to eat lunch when I go home. I’m free to go to campus and go home whenever I choose.
Here are a few commuter tips that may help you.
1. Join a lot of clubs and activities. Just because you don’t live on campus doesn’t mean you can join in on all the college fun. I’m the secretary of my school’s Honor Society, I volunteer a lot, I’m a part of the Criminal Justice Club, I’m a student senator and a soon to be member of mock trial. I’m totally busy and honestly, I spend about half of my time on campus even though I don’t live there. It’s a great way to make friends and it’s not an excuse to say you don’t have time to attend events. It’s your choice if you want to do them or not.
2. Use the school library if you need it. Even though I have my own laptop and printer, I usually use the school computers so I don’t have to carry around my heavy computer, plus printing on campus is a lot cheaper than printing at home with the ink prices. I also get distracted a lot with the TV and computer games on my laptop at home — the library is quiet and comfortable.
3. Bring your own food from home. It’s so much cheaper and healthier. I made the mistake of eating the campus food and being too lazy to make a lunch. I was broke and I gained my freshman 15 in one semester. I made a change this semester and I hardly gained back any of the weight that I lost over the summer. Also, don’t be afraid to utilize the campus gym if you have one — it’s usually free to all students, including commuters.
4. Split your time between home and campus. This will allow you to have an even balance of both worlds: your family and your college experience. I know I’m super close to my family and now that I’m older, I can’t imagine going to college without the support of them. I found my dorm experience to be a huge mistake. My family has been there through all the stressful nights, making me laugh and helping me with anything I may need. You also can’t forget that college is supposed to be a major time of your life to find yourself. Don’t depend on your family too much and make sure you have fun with people your own age. If you stay home all the time, you might end up getting depressed knowing you’re not making the most of your time in college.
Contributed by lilacism.
What other advice do you have for college commuters so they get the most out of their college experience?