What To Know Before Commuting To Rutgers University

5 Pitfalls To Prep For BEFORE You Commit To Commuting To Rutgers

The parking spots get filled up so fast. The Yellow Lot, which has like a million parking spots, gets filled up by the afternoon. So you have to come to the lots way before your first class.

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After a whole year of dorming, I just completed my first week of commuting. Initially, I thought that commuting would be awful and make my college life so hard. A week later, I feel the same way, but definitely not to that extent. Commuting isn't that bad, but I'd still prefer dorming because dorming just makes life so much easier.

Here are some struggles that most commuters face:

1. No place to nap

Everyone says that you can go nap in the library, but the ac is so powerful. The student center is so loud at all times. The parking authority doesn't let you nap in your car in the parking lot. You just have to hope for a friend to let you come every time.

2. Finding parking

The parking spots get filled up so fast. The Yellow Lot, which has like a million parking spots, gets filled up by the afternoon. So you have to come to the lots way before your first class.

3. It's hard to party

You have to drive home at night, so it's difficult to drink and party away with your friends. Even if you sleepover at someone else's dorm, the timings for the parking lots are so weird. You can park at night until 8 in the morning, so you have to wake up early to move your car in order to avoid a parking ticket.

4. Having to carry everything

That backpack weighs a thousand pounds. You have to remember to bring all your books and chargers because there is no going back to your room to pick them up. Good luck if you forget anything at home.

5. No late night study sessions

College life consists of staying up late to study with friends. When you dorm, everyone meets up at the library or at someone's place at night to study for exams and to do homework. As a commuter, you most likely aren't allowed to be out of the house at night all the time, so you are left on your own. Thanks to technology, you can FaceTime with the study group, but it isn't the same as being there.

Commuting is a lot different, especially when you have experienced the dorm life. But, we can all get through it and hopefully, we can dorm again another year.

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To The Girl Who Always Feels Left Out

Maybe next time...
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To the girl who always feels left out,

Girl, let me just tell you, I know the feeling. It feels as though my whole life, I have been that girl. You know that feeling when you are standing in a group of people and someone comes up and asks everyone to go to lunch in that group... But you?

Or they make it even worse by saying "Oh, I guess you can come too." You guess I can come to?

No, thank you.

At that point, you feel like the only reason you are being invited is that they feel like they have to. Which more than likely is actually the case. What about when you ask your friend to hang out and she can't because she will be doing homework all night? However, an hour later, you see her with your other best friend. Oh okay cool, sorry for bothering you with my friendship.

You know you are the girl who is always left out when you are the designated "photographer" or you have to specifically ask if you can take a picture with them because they are obviously done taking pictures and did not want one with you.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who 'Float' Between Friend Groups

We all know "Hey, will you take this picture of us?" all too well. Am I right, ladies? Oh yeah, it is fine. I hate being in pictures. I definitely hate taking pictures to remember this wonderful time I'm having.

What about when you and your friends discuss doing something later during the week and you ask about it but "It's probably not happening anymore." Then you check and would you look at that, your "friends" are having fun without you.

Shocker.

Oh but don't worry about it, I had things to do anyway. You know, clean the house, work on homework that is due next week, binge-watch The Office for the third time this week. Fun stuff. Oh and better yet when you see your friends are hanging out without you. The next time they see you, they talk about how much fun they had.

Oh yes, please tell me about how much fun you had without me. I totally enjoy hearing about how "I totally missed out" and "I should have come." Well, an invite would have been well appreciated. But maybe next time, right? Wrong.


Yeah, I know what you are thinking, "Wow this girl is being so petty." Well if you are thinking that, then you obviously do not know the feeling. And to think about it, you probably are not the one in the friend group who is being left out. So think about who that person is and make them feel included next time. It would be greatly appreciated. You do not know how much of a difference it could make.

Yes, I know everyone feels left out sometimes, but time after time, it starts to get really old. Then after you have to start inviting yourself to hang out with people, you realize well since they are not inviting me themselves, maybe they don't want me here. And then surprisingly, you stop hanging out with them. Hmmm, I wonder what could've possibly happened.


Yes, I know, most people do not do this on purpose. I am sure I have even done it once or twice without realizing it, and I am truly sorry.

From one left out girl to another,

Good Luck

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Everybody's got one! If you are able to be your true goofy self around your people then you, my friend, have found a true one! Enjoy being weirdos together.

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