Choosing To Commute Was One Of The Best Decisions Ever

Choosing To Commute Was One Of The Best Decisions Ever

If you have the chance, take it. Be a commuter.


This is my last semester in college. Every semester so far has been a money pit, as I was drowning in the expenses of mediocre school housing. I lived an hour away from school, so there was no way I was putting my car and money into that trouble. I had to live in half-assed apartments.

There was no avoiding it.

But then, something turned around. Student teaching was at home, and I had no choice but to drive an hour to and from my placement in the fall semester. The spring semester was an opportunity I could not let slip by.

Full-time teaching in the spring required driving to and from, but not as much class time. School was irrelevant to me at this point; I did not have to be up there. So, I canceled my housing and I decided to live at home.

I'm telling you. One of the best decisions I've ever made.

Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed my time spent at college. I loved living there because I was free and independent, and I could focus on my life without anything else lingering in the back of my mind.

I could leave and drive somewhere without someone asking me where I was going. I could stay up as long as I wanted without someone jumping down my throat and screaming at me to go to bed at a normal time. I could hang out wherever with any of my friends and not worry about a damn thing.

I do miss all of that, but damn. Home is always better.

I became a commuter.

Commuting is good for me this semester. It makes sense. There are rarely ever any distractions. I have class seven times throughout the semester, so I only have to drive up there when I absolutely have to. My placement is seven minutes away.

It was such a smart decision to switch to commuter life. If you have the chance, take it. Be a commuter. It saves you so much money and you will overall be happier.

Although living up at school was great because of meeting new people, experiencing new places, and having a blast by myself, I am so glad I chose to stay home and spend time with family, while focusing mainly on my academics.

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Dear Mom and Dad, You Don't Understand What College Is Actually Like In The 21st Century

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that.

College is not what you think it is. I am not sitting in a classroom for six hours listening to a professor speak about Shakespeare and the WW2.

I am not given homework assignments every night and told to hand them in next class.

I do not know my daily grade for each of the five classes I am taking, and I don't know if my professor even knows my name.

College today is a ton different than how it was 20+ years ago.

I go to class for about maybe three hours a day. Most of my time working on "college" is spent outside of the classroom. I am the one responsible for remembering my homework and when my ten-page essay is due.

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that. I am a responsible person, even if you do not think I am.

I do get up every morning and drive myself to class. I do care about my assignments, grades, my degree, and my career.

I spend a lot of time on campus having conversations with my friends and relaxing outside.

I am sick of older generations thinking that us millennials are lazy, unmotivated, and ungrateful. While I am sure there are some who take things for granted, most of us paying to get a degree actually do give a s**t about our work ethic.

Dear mom and dad, I do care about my future and I am more than just a millennial looking to just get by.

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How To Stay Mentally Healthy In College

Our mental health is just as important as our physical health.


Staying healthy in college seems really, really hard to do. Classes, friends, clubs, and the whole fact of living by yourself can create a lot of stress and anxiety. Most students, and people in general, don't really know how to deal with stress or how to take care of themselves mentally, leading to unhealthy behaviors physically and mentally. If you don't take care of your mental health, your physical health will suffer eventually. Here are a few tips and tricks to help take care of your mental health:

1. Eat a well-balanced diet

Eating fruits, vegetables, grains, and other healthy foods will help you feel more energized and motivated. Most people associate eating a balanced diet as beneficial for your physical health, but it is just as important for your mental health.

2. Keep a journal and write in it daily

Writing can be one of the most relaxing and stress-relieving things you can do for yourself. Writing down the issues you are struggling with or the problems you are encountering in your life on a piece of paper can help you relax and take a step back from that stress.

3. Do something that brings you joy

Take some time to do something that brings you joy and happiness! It can be really easy to forget about this when you are running around with your busy schedule but make some time to do something you enjoy. Whether it be dancing, writing, coloring, or even running, make some time for yourself.

4. Give thanks

Keeping a gratitude log — writing what brings you joy and happiness — helps to keep you positively minded, which leads to you becoming mentally healthy. Try to write down three things that brought you joy or made you smile from your day.

5. Smile and laugh

Experts say that smiling and laughing help improve your mental health. Not only is it fun to laugh, but laughing also helps you burn calories! There's a reason why smiling and laughing are often associated with happiness and joyful thoughts.

6. Exercise

Staying active and doing exercises that energize your body will help release endorphins and serotonin, which both act as a natural antidepressant. Keeping an active lifestyle will help you stay happy!

7. Talk out your problems

All of us deal with stress and have problems from time to time. The easiest and probably most beneficial way to deal with this stress and anxiety is to talk it out with a close friend, family member, or even a counselor.

8. See a counselor, peer mentor, or psychologist

Just like it was stated in the previous point, it is beneficial to talk out your problems with a counselor. We all have issues, and it is OK to ask for help.

Keeping up your mental health in college can be a struggle, and it may be hard to even admit you are not mentally healthy. This is OK; you are not alone. If you want to see a psychologist or would like to learn more about mental health, there are resources. You can also take a self-assessment of your mental health. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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