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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"The Office" is one of the best shows on the face of the planet. Don't believe me, you obviously haven't watched it. It has a character for everything, including all of the South Carolina colleges.

The Citadel

This one is probably the easiest. Creed Bratton. Hands down. Military all day every day. No one knows what really goes on behind closed doors, except the people there. Just like Creed's mind.

Coastal Carolina University

Consistently voted one of the top party schools in the nation. #It'snotcollegeit'sCoastal.

Winthrop University

Winthrop is the place for future teachers. We all know that Meredith is the mother/teacher figure in the office, which is kind of scary in and of itself.

Columbia College

Erin just seems like the type of person who would go to an all-female college.

Bob Jones University

At what other school do you see people wearing things that could be from the American Girl large colonial dolls Spring line?

Wofford College

The pearls, Greek Life, and Southern fashion are so real.

Furman University

Let's be real. Pam is a bit of a nerd. But at the end of the day, she does know how to get down. I mean she WAS on the party planning committee. And who doesn't want that Ring By Spring?

College of Charleston

Nard Dog is definitely in an a capella group in Charleston, taking in the city and the history while dressing like a frat star.

Medical University of South Carolina

Andy isn't alone in Charleston. Dwight is down there becoming a doctor. Yes, someone who can save lives and is able to do surgery. Although, who else would you expect to be a doctor?

University of South Carolina

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Clemson University

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Your Brain Is More Than A Bag of Chemicals

In David Anderson's 2013 Ted Talk, the Caltech professor discusses the downfalls of mental healthcare in our society, opening a discussion to wider societal issues.


David Anderson, in his Ted Talk "Your Brain is Not a Bag of Chemicals" dives into the world of treatment for psychiatric illnesses, of scientific research, and of fruit flies. His goal, to explain the flaws in current treatments of mental illnesses and present how this downfalls could be resolved is clear throughout the talk. Through presenting his research, and speaking of novel contributions such as the actual discovery of emotion in fruit flies, Anderson displays the flaws in mental healthcare and demands more of the scientific world to resolve these downfalls.

As Anderson explains, the traditional view of mental illnesses is that they are a chemical imbalance in the brain. He states, "As if the brain were some kind of bag of chemical soup filled with dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine." He explains the difference for typical treatments of physical ailments versus psychological ailments. As he describes it, physical ailments presented to a physician will lead to blood tests, biological assays, and various other factors to gather information about what is going on in the body so that a treatment plan can be well-suited to that issue. However, for psychological problems, the patient is often handed a questionnaire to assess the issues. These questionnaires, as he suggests, are insufficient in understanding the complexities that surround mental illnesses.

Of medication prescribed for mental illnesses, Anderson states, "These drugs have so many side effects because using them to treat a complex psychiatric disorder is a bit like trying to change your engine oil by opening a can and pouring it all over the engine block. Some of it will dribble into the right place, but a lot of it will do more harm than good." Anderson uses the example of dopamine and the model organism of fruit flies to explain this concept. He explains how in certain illnesses, such as ADHD, there is not a complete understanding of why there are features of learning disabilities and hyperactivity. Without this understanding, the treatment of just increasing the amount of dopamine in one's system is lacking.

Anderson suggests that pharmaceutical companies and scientists should do more research to not only discover the disturbances of neural pathways, which tend to be the real cause of mental illnesses, but to also develop new medications that attempt to resolve these specific pathways and specific receptors, rather than simply increasing the amount of a certain neurochemical. These new medications could and do revolutionize the way that mental illnesses are treated, and the efficacy in their treatment.

As a society, there is a general view of mental illnesses that varies greatly from the view of physical illnesses. Anderson, without directly discussing it, acknowledges this exact problem. He discusses the differences in treatments, but also the lack of resources that are put in to truly understand how to better treat mental illnesses as disturbances in neurophysiological components. Without, as a society, acknowledging and respecting mental illnesses for what they are, we are short-changing the 25% of the world who is directly impacted by these illnesses, and the countless loved ones who stand by those impacted. A shift needs to occur, and the research and ideas that Anderson presents are a wonderful scientific starting point for these shifts. However, if we as a society do not support the principles behind this science, do not support the concept that mental illness is much more than just being a little emotionally reactive, we are doing a disservice to the majority of the population.

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