True Life: I'm a Commuter

True Life: I'm a Commuter

Commuting to college has its pros and cons, probably more cons though.
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The first day of my senior year in high school, my math teacher went down the rows and asked us one by one where we saw ourselves a year "from today". My answer was, "I will be attending Fresno State and ill be living somewhere by campus".

Flash forward two years later, I am now on my second year of college and I still live at home. Of course its not at all what I expected. You grow up thinking that once you start going to college you have to move in with roommates, you look forward to the parties, to decorating your room, making new friends and to suddenly have all the freedom in the world. Instead, I still live at home 45 minutes away from the civilization and I am a commuter.

Commuting is such a pain. The average commuter travels an hour to get to school and an hour to get home. If you have an 8 am class you know the nightmare it is to get up at 6 am to make it to your class on time. Getting in those extra 5 minutes isn't even an option. There are definitely both cons and pros of being a commuter.

The cons:

1. All the gas you burn daily is not cheap. You have to decide if you are going to make it to your destination or not when you're on empty. The trouble is, if you stop to pump on your way you are going to be even more late than you already are.

2. You feel the need to head straight home after you are done with class because adding something after will only mean you will have to arrive home later and you don't want to do that. It can sometimes stop you from having more of a social life because you cant work with others schedules.

3. Your city friends don't understand that they have to notify you at least 3 hours before the party or dinner plans because you need at LEAST one hour and a half to get ready and one to drive.

4. Big gaps between classes are dreadful, especially when you have a night class. You don't have anywhere to go and you don't have money to spend at the mall so you have to hang out at the library and study study study, or watch Netflix. I mean, who's going to stop you?

5. You never get ready for school because you are in such a rush and no one ever gets to see you at your full potential. Not only that but you have to make sure you don't forget anything important back home because you cant afford to waste time going back.

6. Stop signs.

7. Having to find a parking lot on campus. Its the biggest nightmare yet and its worse if you have 5 minutes to find it and walk to class.

Pros:

1. If i'm being honest, sometimes I enjoy the drive.

2. You get to blast your speakers and sing your favorite songs.

3. You have time to reflect on life and drink your daily doze of coffee before class.

4. The view of the sunset on the way home is breathtaking. So is the sunrise on your way to college.

5. You get to see your parents and siblings every day and the best part is probably still being able to eat your mom's food instead of cup noodles every day! I'm not complaining.

6. You save yourself so much money! Commuters spend lots of money too but it does not add up to paying rent.

It is such a love/ hate situation but honestly I wouldn't want in any other way. It has definitely made me more responsible and because of it I have lived unique experiences and had amazing views. It won't be this way forever. So for now I will continue to drink my coffee, as I sing to Pink driving through the grape and almond fields. Sure you have to get up earlier but you will miss it one day.


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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 A.M. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest,

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old doom room is now filled with two freshman trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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Not a dip

Use both hands

Don’t be afraid to trip

Don’t worry about them

Take an adventure for you

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