20 Things I've Learned From Commuting

20 Things I've Learned From Commuting

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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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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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I've Come To Realize My Vacation Is College Not Home And I Miss These 14 Things When I'm Not There

New Mexico sucks and I miss my friends.

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Being home for the summer is all fun and games until you realize that it's not. Once you start growing up, the summer becomes a boring wasteland where you have to work all the time and never get to do what you actually want to do.

College is starting to call my name and I cannot wait to get back for my final fall semester as a senior this year. But here are a few things that I start to miss during this summer heat.

1. My friends

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I go to college 2,000 miles away, so going home for the summer means I don't get to see my friends from school for a whole 3 months.

2. Bread

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North Carolina loves. their. bread. And all things fried. I complain about it while I'm at school, but once I'm back home, all I want is some Bojangles.

3. My independence

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Yes, I missed having home-cooked meals and not having to clean up for myself, but I was just getting used to living on my own and attempting to boil water.


4. My sanity

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Having to put up with people from high school, telling your mom where you're going all the time, working, and trying to stay sane seems almost impossible.

5. Motivation to do anything

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It seems like I only have motivation during the school year, and even then it's questionable.

6. Learning

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I actually kind of like learning about things. Crazy- I know.

But school helps me and my mind busy, even when I complain about all the homework.

My brain cells seems to just die off in the summer heat, so

7. Being as weird as I want without judgement

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College is a magical place. I can go to class in my snuggie and eat as much pizza as I want and no one will bat an eye.

8. Knowing exactly what I'm going to be doing everyday

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I like schedules and knowing what to expect.

9. Looking hideous and not giving a damn

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Like I said, college is a magical place where I don't have to wear make-up or jeans or even brush my hair. Ponytails and leggings for dayzzzz.

10. Being surrounded by food and eating it all

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It's impossible to stop eating at college. I'm constantly surrounded by food and I just can't say no.

11. Water

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Water. Literally any form of water. I live out in the middle of New Mexico where it does not rain, there is no humidity, and there is no beach. Take me back to college now!

12. Diversity

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Like I said, New Mexico. Not really know for much, including it's diversity.

13. Sleep

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I sleep more at school than I do at home. With working and staying up super late to binge more episodes of "Kimmy Schmidt", I never get to rest my tired, tired eyes. Bless late classes and personal scheduling.

14. Being busy

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I like being busy and having a purpose in life (at least for a little bit).

No hate against New Mexico or summer but I'm so excited to get back to college where I can actually sleep and have fun. I never thought school would be the place for that, but it's becoming more and more clear that my vacation IS college. So I'm going to enjoy it while I can!

Let me know of any other amazing things you college peeps are missing right about now. We have to stick together during hard times.

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