When people think of commuters, they think of them as these weird people who would rather drive to campus than bask in the glorious embrace that is college living. I have been asked so many questions about being a commuter that when someone new asks if I commute, I can already anticipate the questions that are about to follow.
Below you’ll find five things that every commuter has experienced.
1) Having to wake up earlier than your on-campus counterparts because you live further away from campus.
In case you didn’t know, I’m not a morning person (refer to
my earlier post N.A.M.P.). My brain doesn’t even begin to comprehend people before 10 a.m. Needless to say, being a commuter and not being a morning person don’t exactly go hand-in-hand, but if you’re anything like me, you’ve found a way to make it work.
As a commuter, after you’ve had a stressful enough morning (and by you, I mean me), you finally get on the road and then you have to deal with everyone else and their driving. The traffic is horrible and sometimes you just have to reel yourself in because your mom raised an amazing person who doesn’t get angry with people who don’t know how to drive.
3) Having to drive back to school to attend student meetings.
At Ohio State, most student meetings are held in the evenings. While this may not seem like a big deal to those who live on campus, it is a whole different story for commuters. Finishing classes at 3 p.m. and then having student meetings at 7:30/8 p.m. leaves a big chunk of time in between. Most commuters have to go home and return or not attend at all if they see it as too much of an inconvenience.
4) Missing all the awesome impromptu parties
When you’re far way from the campus, there tends to be a social disconnect. There is nothing more sad than hearing people talk about an epic party which you had no idea happened because you weren’t in the immediate vicinity. While you can still catch up with your buddies on the weekend, the impromptu parties, which could happen on a random Tuesday night, are everything and more.
5) Winter/Spring semester
I don’t even need to elaborate on this one. We live in Ohio. We all know what winter is like here. It’s hard enough walking in the snow and praying that you don’t fall down and end up on YikYak, much less of driving in it. Everyday. For 3 months straight (sometimes even 4, since snow can and has fallen in April).
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