Making the Most of College at a Commuter School

Making the Most of College at a Commuter School
Making the Most of College at a Commuter School
For many students at commuter schools, college life isn’t what they had envisioned. The commute is hectic because you live at home in the suburbs and have to maneuver your car though 20 miles of traffic just to sit in an hour-long class. Empty parking spaces are impossible to find, so you’re forced to stalk students who are walking toward the parking lot. Student morale is low and some can be seen wearing the colors of the college they wish they were attending. Transfer rates are high and graduation rates are low.

Colleges that are located in urban settings often fail to form a connection with their students, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer through four or five years of what is supposed to be the most exciting and intellectually stimulating time of your life. College is what you make of it. If possible, save up money during the summer or secure a loan and move to campus before the fall. At public universities, room and board costs $8,193 on average per year according to the College Board. Living on campus enhances the college experience because you become better acquainted with your fellow students while staying a stone’s throw from your classes. It’s easier to participate in campus organizations and intramurals which serve to expand your social life. You can root on the school’s sports teams at the nearby arena or stadium, or walk to the local bars on the weekends – or weeknights if that’s your thing. Your professors and the library are much more easily accessible, and thus your GPA will be higher. The way you view your school can be changed once you become immersed in what it has to offer.

If moving to campus isn’t an option, you can still take steps to make your trips to campus enjoyable. Find a friend with whom to carpool or a park and ride service. You’ll drive less and save money on gas. If you live closer enough to campus, utilize the bus service or rail system. Once you arrive on campus, stay there. Between classes you can exercise at the recreation center, socialize with friends at a nearby cafe, or work on campus to make a few extra bucks – perhaps at the bookstore or for an individual department. Ultimately, a commuter school exists only in the minds of the commuters. Every campus has lots to offer its students – they just have to make an effort to become better involved.
http://www.onlinecolleges.net/2010/03/

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