20 Things I've Learned From Commuting

20 Things I've Learned From Commuting

“Good morning welcome to Dunkin’ Donuts what can I get for you?” “Hi can I please-” “Stephanie? Medium hot 2 skim 2 sugars?”

People give you a funny look when you tell them you commute to school. “You know you’re missing out on the college experience, right?” Well, that’s far from true. Here’s a list of things I’ve learned about commuting. To all my fellow commuters, grab some popcorn and soda, and let the giggles begin.

1. You will be so aware of gas prices.

2. You’ll calculate time down to the last minute regarding when you can leave to make it to class EXACTLY on time.

3. Homesick? What’s that?

4.Dunks drive thru will know your order just by the sound of your voice.

5. Your spot is YOUR spot.

6. Sometimes, you wish you lived on campus.

7. But then you see the gross dorms and are reminded of your comfortable bed and privacy.You can’t relate to getting sick of dining hall food because you barely eat it.

8. You can't relate to getting sick the dining hall.

9. Your car will become your second home.

10. People will hit you up for rides all the time.

11. The stigma “commuter students don’t have friends” is not true.

12. Your hometown will feel very lonely.

13. It's hard to join clubs because you don't want to drive all the way to school for a 10 minute meeting.

14. The freshman 15 will not haunt you.

15. Hearing resident life horror stories makes you so happy you don't live on campus.

16. The amount of fast food you'll buy is unreal.

17. You'll be the only friend with money.

18. No one will know you commute with the amount of time you spend on campus.

19. Traffic will be the bane of your existence.

20. Having the whole house to yourself when your family is gone and you don't have classes until later is magical.

So yeah, commuting has it’s cons, but it also comes with a list of perks. Though some people will judge and give you a funny look, don’t sweat it. Be thankful you have a family willing to continue to provide for you even after 18 years of your crap. Happy commuting my friends, don’t let the gas prices hit you in your confidence on the way to school.

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I Am A College Student With A Job And I Can Assure You It Is Possible To Balance It All

It sometimes requires sacrifices, but that's a part of life.

After you leave home, you quickly come to the realization that money doesn't grow on trees. As a 20 year old, my parents don't pay for everything anymore, nor do I expect them to. Personally, I want to make a living for myself and feel good knowing that I am able to do it (for the most part) on my own. Attending school full-time, juggling a job on the side, and trying to maintain a social life is not always easy, but it is possible, and I'm living proof.

Frankly, I don't know how I would get by without working at least a part-time job while in school. Having a job gives me the satisfaction to know that every time I swipe my debit card, it's the money I've earned that's being put towards whatever I need (or sometimes just want) to purchase. I feel independent knowing that my paychecks are my own and that I don't have to depend on anyone else for basic necessities.

Are there days where I absolutely dread the idea of going to work? Sure. When homework starts to pile up or when my job gets in the way of a social event I'd like to attend, work can seem like the last place I'd want to be. However, it's a responsibility of mine and I know I need the money. After all, I've got bills to pay! Balancing everything sometimes requires sacrifices, but that's a part of life.

Besides the financial aspect a job inevitably brings up, I've learned so much from working. Having a job in college has allowed me to meet so many new people whom I've grown extremely close to. I've been able to work on communication skills, time management, and other qualities that will be necessities someday when I have a "grown-up" job.

I'm here to tell you that being a college student with a job is most definitely possible. Like most things in life, it's not always easy, but it's worth it. I can look back on these years someday and recognize everything I've gained as a result of working while in school, and I know it will be worth it.

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12 Truths All Homeschooled Millennials Relate To On A "My Siblings Were My Classmates" Level

Snow days? HA.

For the homeschooled student, life was an everyday adventure. You never truly knew what your schedule looked like, what you were eating for lunch, or what NatGeo video you were going to watch for science. It's always a thrill to meet another young adult that was homeschooled and compare grade school experiences.

Here are a few things that homeschooled young adults remember with both fondness and loathing.

1. Homeschool formals were LIT

Your public school friends always thought you were missing out on formals, but they had never experienced the excitement of a homeschool social function. The venues of these formals changed with the seasons. You might go to the orchestra, which meant you were wearing your favorite knee-length dress and a knitted shrug.

Homeschool prom, however, required your finest full-length ballgown and your great-grandmother's clutch. Dressing up was great, but the best part of any homeschool formal was talking up the events from your "wild night" with your co-op besties the next day.

2. Homeschool group/co-op was the highlight of every week

Co-op was not a club, a class or a cult. It was a lifestyle. Once a week, you got the golden opportunity to see all your besties at co-op, where you probably had some pretty off-the-wall classes like sewing and agriculture. If you attended a more academically based homeschool group, you and friends totally nerded out together over historical facts or Bible trivia. You only got to see this friend group once a week, so you rallied together to beg your moms for a milkshake after a lecture.

3. You either sang, danced, or played an instrument

Or maybe all three, if you were an overachiever. The arts were an integral part of your studies. Getting to use your artistic talent in the church made you feel like a celebrity getting a name-brand sponsorship. But beware, if it wasn't classical, there was no way Mom was letting it count towards your academics for that day.

4. You did school in your pajamas, but not as often as your friends thought you did

Coming downstairs in the same pajamas as your sibling was like showing up to the prom in the same dress as your archnemesis. One of you was going to have to change, and it wasn't gonna be you. Pajama day didn't happen as often as people thought it did, though. Contrary to popular belief, you did own real clothes.

5. You spent so much time outside, you might as well be Steve Irwin

Whether it was in your own backyard or on a wilderness retreat with your friends, outdoor exploration was where you learned life's most important lessons. You knew to respect wildlife, always stand uphill when peeing, and avoid mud puddles when you had Crocs on.

6. There comes a day when you realize you deserved some of the stereotypes you got

In your defense, that pink checkered newsboy hat was straight off the cover of your mom's "Homeschool Today" magazine.

7. EVERYTHING was a costume contest

Homeschoolers are some of the most creative people on Earth, and what better outlet for all that genius than costuming?! Duct tape suits of armor! Garbage bag dresses! Anything was possible, and you rocked your homemade ensemble.

8. Siblings were the best classmates

Your siblings were teachers, study buddies, playmates and best friends all wrapped up in one. Sure, they got on your nerves, but you loved being able to spend time adventuring with them. And by adventuring, I mean playing "fairies and mermaids" in the forest behind your house.

9. "Nerd" was a title you earned

If you had a ridiculously high SAT score, received summa cum laude on the National Latin Exam, or won a Lego sculpture competition, being called nerdy was the highest form of praise. Besides, you knew your extensive knowledge on the most random of subjects would serve you well at some point.

10. Housework was a valuable part of your Home Ec grade

Washing baseboards, picking up limbs and scrubbing toilets were all part of the homeschool curriculum. You learned to get over your fear of elbow grease real quick! Complaining wasn't going to help you, either. You didn't want those 30 extra math problems...

11. Snow days were never a thing

You wake up and open your blinds to find a beautiful layer of snow covering the ground. You smile from ear to ear as you run downstairs to grab your coat and walk out the door in freedom. And then, you remember. You're homeschooled.

12. All outings, even vacations were educational

It was through outings and vacations that you realized that you can learn anywhere! Walt Disney World. Sri Lanka. Hawaii. Washington D.C. It didn't matter where you went on the globe, your parents were bound and determined to teach you something. Sometimes, Mom would read a travel guide to everyone in the mini-van. If she was feeling really enthusiastic, she might make you write a research paper on the destination before you left, so you would be caught up on their cultural trademarks.

Homeschooling came with it's challenges, but if you had to do it again, you wouldn't change a thing. It taught you valuable life lessons and skills that you carry with you to this day. And, you can still rattle off random facts about historical battles or Australian wildlife, so it was totally worth it.

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