I am a commuter student and last year was my first year of college. It was tougher on me than the students who lived on campus. I had to keep all my things with me all day because I couldn’t just hop over to my dorm if I had forgotten something. I wasn’t a commuter who could drive, I don’t even have a license so I took the bus each day. I had a lot less flexibility and I had to be more conscious of what I had to do each day. I learned a lot about what I had to bring and how to organize my bag each day. I don’t want people to get frustrated so here are some tips!
1) Have a sturdy backpack
I suggest you get one with lots of pockets and space. Pockets help! Also get a backpack with two straps. Shoulder bags dig into your shoulder if they’re too heavy (and they will be). With a backpack the weight is more evenly distributed and it saves you a lot of back pain. I have an Eddie Bauer backpack. Large hiking backpacks are great, and this brand actually has a life time guarantee so if anything happens to it I can return it and get a new one for free (though it has to be the same model).
2) Laptop pockets
Most backpacks have them now but if yours doesn’t have a laptop sleeve to protect your baby. And always have your laptop to the back of your backpack (i.e. closer to you). The front is the place where it can be abused easier. It is bumped more, it bends, that’s where you rest your feet during lectures, and where you have your books and notebooks. Closer is safer.
Fill your bag with your needed books and supplies with your heaviest closer to you. Books and binders closer to you and folders and notebooks towards the front (away from you). you don’t want to topple over.
Know your schedule! You won’t have all your classes everyday so you can lessen your load on some days and save your back!
4) Outside pockets
Water Bottle! Stay Hydrated! And try to keep containers away from your laptop and papers. Water bottles tend to sweat.
Since I commuted it was scarier when my phone would die when I was on campus. My chargers would tangle if I left them loose in my bag. I would lose them also. Use some sort of bag to keep them in one place.
Use some sort of bag to keep them in one place like a ziplock bag or a small zipper pencil bag. Anything will do if the cords are contained. Make sure it is big enough for all your cords (phone charger, computer charger, ipod and its charger, earbuds, etc…)
6) Front Pocket
You keep all your pens and pencils in here just like any other grade. Although if you don’t consistently maintain it you’ll lose everything or it will get horribly messy. These pockets are your friends.
Also if you keep it clean you have room for your charger bag. I had enough room to put in that and a small toiletries bag. If you can’t, don’t sweat it. that can go in the main pocket.
Keep small snacks, a pocket umbrella, and your wallet and/or a lanyard in here. Be careful about the wallet though. People can unzip your pocket and take things. Also it could fall out if you leave it unzipped accidentally. I had a lanyard to hold my bus pass for easy access. When I didn’t wear it I had it in here.
In your wallet keep at least ten dollars in cash with you even if you have a credit/debit card. It could help you if your card is declined or if you are stranded somewhere or whatever.
I also have a small first aid kit. It is the Altoids can and it only has bandaids in it. While on campus it is very unlikely that you’ll be injured badly or at all on a daily basis besides paper cuts. Unless you forget that it is not good to ride your bike/skateboard in the snow. (This does not cover assault wounds. Call an ambulance or campus security immediately.)
7) Toiletry bag
Most girls have this down but I’ll still explain the best things to bring along. You’ll need a small bag, about the size of the charger bag, for this. Below are some general stuff and some specifics but your bag will be tailored to you and your needs.
5) chap stick
6 )gum/ breath mints
1) Pads/ tampons
2) makeup for touch ups
4) hand lotion
5) any needed medications (prescription or topical)
Like I said if it doesn’t fit in the front pocket put it in the main pocket with your books.
8) Zipper accessories
This one you can ignore if you want to. I find it aesthetically pleasing and it individualizes your bag to fit you. Also it is easier to grab your zippers and open them when you need to. You can use anything that can clip on to your zippers.
You will probably have a set of keys by now so you probably have a carabiner. If you don’t you can get them cheap at Walmart. I keep my keys clipped on the outside of my bag so i always know where they are. Clip them to the straps if you have the little plastic D-rings but if your straps are naked you can clip your keys to the handle on the top of your backpack.
On my carabiner I have my house key, bike key, accessories, and pepper spray. I suggest this for everyone no matter who you are. Knives are good but in a confrontation they can be taken from you. If you have long days away and a long commute like me you’ll probably be getting home in the dark. Better safe than sorry. I got mine from Target.
That’s really all I have to share about how to pack your backpack for commuter students. This can be adapted for anyone and for anything. You can use this same concept for trips, high school, overnight stays, or anything. I hope this helped and I hope you all have the best of luck in school!
I saw your post about what to bring to college, but I'm most likely going to be a commuter (live at home then drive to the school). What kind of stuff should I bring? Just my backpack and laptop or should I keep, like, snacks in my car?
Essentials for Commuters:
Backpack, messenger bag, etc.
Laptop or tablet - practically a requirement for commuters
Snacks in your car or backpack (esp. if you’re taking public transportation)
Plastic silverware. You can bring real silverware, but I found it really helpful to just keep a box of plastic ones in my trunk for days I would forget.
Lunchbox, if you need to eat meals on campus
Folders - one for each class that day
Sticky notes - keep a small pad in your backpack. Replenish as necessary.
Highlighters, pens, pencils - 2 of each in your bag
Calculator (if you have a maths class that semester or that day)
Phone charger (if you have long days, personally, I just charged mine while driving to/from school)
Umbrella - just something you should keep in your car regardless of where you’re going
You’ve been going to community college for the past 4 years on and off, taking classes as you can afford them out of pocket. You’re about two semesters of credit hours away from transferring to an actual university when you get the acceptance letter to EU. You never applied. You were going to go to a state college that you can commute to from home and work, because lets face it. There’s no chance of being able to afford going away to school. The letter is found in the mailbox on Tuesday as you’re getting home from a 12 hour shift. You think it must be some kind of mistake. So you shred it and don’t give it much more thought. You get another acceptance letter the next Tuesday. And the next and the next. Finally you call the school to find out what’s going on. You’ve been randomly selected for a new and experimental scholarship program. You work at the campus hospital as an Nursing Assistant/ Nurse Technician during regular semesters and summer semesters and for two years as a Registered Nurse after you graduate and they will pay ¾ of your tuition as long as you get your nursing degree through the EU. They have a very good tuition rate for such a highly accredited institution. Working wages and the scholarships will cover everything with just enough to live off of. Dorm arrangements and meal plans are covered by the scholarship. An old Friend Of The Family recommended you for the program. They do not mention a name of the Friend Of The Family. The school is in your state even though you’ve never heard of it. You tell the Dean you are willing to take the EU under consideration for when you are ready to transfer schools. When you’re ready to apply every other school is full. None of the programs have room for you. You were accepted but then they tell you the spot doesn’t exist. You’ve applied numerous times. You’ve been waitlisted for 6 months everywhere close by when you get an acceptance letter from the EU. Congratulations you have been selected for the final spot in the program. We are in need of healers and are excited to see you on campus soon! You are too relieved to be in the program to question much until you get to orientation. Something is off about the campus. You can’t put your finger on what. The crows are friendly at least. The squirrels on your last campus were all assholes. They’d chase you down for anything resembling food. The crows seem much more polite about it. You feed them on the way to orientation. They tell you about campus life in the auditorium. The student traditions make the hairs on the back of your neck rise. Didn’t great grandma do those kinds of things too? Did you ever find out the name of that Friend Of The Family? This is all starting to seem much too good to be true. You resolve to go back over the wording of the acceptance to the program and scholarship with your counselor as soon as possible. It’s only a 2 year program. You can make it through right?
Could you give tips on how to grocery shop properly to make it last 2 weeks (so from one paycheck to another) as a college student? I'm a commuter student so I'm not on a meal plan at my school but I don't want to buy food on campus everyday. I don't know if this additional info is useful but I'll be going to classes 5 days a week. Thanks!
This is so doable! My boyfriend and I actually do our big shop once every three weeks. We’ll go out for toilet paper and that kind of stuff, but we do try to buy enough food to make it last.
- Buy Bulk. My number one tip for budgeting food is to BUY IN BULK. Instead of buying a chicken breast, buy eight and individually wrap them in plastic wrap. Freeze what you’re not going to eat within the next two days, and defrost as needed.
- Cook Bulk. Make a large pot of chili, soup, or your favorite pasta sauce. Buy plastic containers at Walmart and portion out your meals. Freeze them all! I do this with my pasta puttanesca sauce, I make it once every six months and cook enough to last.
- Store Brands. There are cheap knock off brands of everything from Cheez-Its to Quaker Oats. They’ll be anywhere from $1-$3 cheaper than the brand names. On a similar note, store brand cleaning supplies is about $5 cheaper than the name brands! Don’t judge them before you try them.
- Store Cards. My Stop & Shop card gives me a gas discount, and other store cards offer similar perks. Store card + store brands = ridiculous savings.
- Avoid Organics. Like I said in my last Adulting post, I’m not paying $4 for a cucumber unless it can clean my apartment and sing Jazz standards. Buy vegetables, but avoid anything labeled “organic”.
- Mixed Greens. Avoid buying “mixed greens” unless you’re going to eat them within a day or two, these have a very short shelf life. Instead, buy a head of lettuce or a bushel of kale.
- Frozen Produce. Stock your freezer with bags of peas, carrots, fruit, etc. These will defrost easily in your soups and are good if you run out of ice packs.
- Dollar Stores. They have really weird brands of chips and pasta and really poor quality paper towels, so don’t expect to do you entire shop here. However, they sell bulk tomato sauce, six packs of ramen, tuna fish and other wonderful things for under a dollar. My local Dollar store sells tubes of capers for a dollar when just down the street my organic supermarket sells them for upwards of $5.
- Buy Fruit. Specifically, BUY IN BULK at your local chain supermarket. My boyfriend and I have been throwing back those Cara Cara oranges like nobody’s business. Fruit is great for quick breakfasts, snacks, and a healthy alternative to downing a pint of Ben and Jerrys.
While in high school, my teachers always told me that college was going to be much more difficult. That these were the easy days. And that no professor would ever put up with our shenanigans.
To put it simply, they were right and wrong.
Right in the sense that the workload is a lot different. Not exactly harder, but definitely different. There is more work expected of you; longer papers, more readings, tests are more frequent and are seldom reviewed for in class.
But they were also wrong. My professors in college have been hugely more accepting and easier to work with than my high school teachers. They understand that we have lives outside of their class and are willing to work with you to make sure that you will pass. With open communication, most of my professors have given me extensions when I needed it and were much more likely to explain the topic to me one on one. I’ve had professors so laid back that I could get up in the middle of class, tell them I was going to go get soup, and come back 15 minutes later with absolutely no issue.
College is also easier for me because of the different lifestyle. Instead of going to the same 6 classes back to back 5 days a week for 7 hours straight everything is split up. I have roughly 2 to 3 classes a day which are about an hour and a half long. So instead of doing homework for all 5 courses every single night you have time to split everything up. Living this way is much less stressful for me.
The commute is also very different. To go to high school I had to take a truck, a boat, and a bus to get to school everyday waking up at 5:00am and getting home at 6:00pm. For college, I can wake up at 10:00am, have time to shower and eat, go to my classes, and be back in my dorm by 3:30pm. Similarly, I have everything I need at my fingertips living on campus. There are always friends nearby, always food available, and the gym is a short walk away.
I’m so much happier in college than I was in high school. Honestly, you couldn’t pay me enough to spend another 4 years in high school.
Buy a parking pass immediately. Commuting students should get first dibs, but that only works if you apply early.
Know where you’re allowed to park on campus. There’s probably a designated commuter lot.
Give yourself lots of time to travel during rush hour and inclement weather.
Always check the weather before you leave in the morning.
Have a back-up route (or know the area well) in case of heavy traffic or road closures.
If you’re taking public transportation, know your alternate options in case the train is delayed. Keep a copy of the train or bus schedule on you somewhere.
If you’re using public transportation, see if your school offers a shuttle service to the station. Learn that schedule, too.
Find somewhere on campus that you can spend time between or before classes. Lots of colleges have designated commuter lounges, but other options are cafes and libraries.
Find the microwave. It’s probably in that same lounge, but sometimes it’s in the cafeteria. That microwave is your new best friend. Of course, you might be lucky enough to have all of your meals at home and can avoid this entirely.
Look into renting a locker on campus, especially if all of your classes are on the same day. This will allow you to keep your books somewhere other than your car (good if it’s a long walk or if the weather sucks) so you don’t have to carry them all day. Also a good place to keep snacks.
Carry a water bottle. Personally, I like the refillable plastic cups with straws.
Wear sensible shoes if you need to be walking long distances from your car to class or walking all over campus. Keep a pair of sneakers in your car, if you need to.
Make sure your professors know you are a commuting student. If they know ahead of time, they’re more likely to forgive you when you show up late to class one night or when you can’t just “drop by” their office with little notice.
hey! i translated a small part of one of the stories in the most recent TG novel “quest”! it’s the part with touka and nishiki in the story called “tension.”
it didn’t seem to me that this had been done already, though i didn’t do a lot of searching. additionally, i’m pretty uncertain about a lot of parts in my translation (esp. dialogue), and, i welcome any corrections or tips. for the most part, i just did this for my own japanese practice/enjoyment and also bc i adore touka, and am just sharing in case anyone is interested :)
I’m Zab. Please help me pay my bills. I’m desperate. Reblogs appreciated
Why I’m doing this:
I’ve had a lot of unexpected expenses come up recently and have been eating away at my savings trying to stay afloat. I am a college junior and I commute over two hours every day. I have a babysitting job every other weekend, but I am no longer bringing in enough money to support myself. My therapist has advised me not to work while enrolled in school.
I’ve tried time and time again and always end up breaking down. I have been selling my childhood toys and books on ebay, but the money is being held by paypal because its a new account and my bank is charging me NSF fees faster than I can keep up.
Something that brings me a lot of joy and peace is painting and it would be lovely if I could make a little money from it as well.
How this will work: Space plants!!!
The paintings are on 4x4 inch canvas boards. Pick 2 colors for the background (your choices are pink, red, blue, purple, and teal) and what type of plant you want (the pot can be any color you want as well).
Send me this info in an email to email@example.com
That is my paypal as well which is how I will take payments. They are $8.00 USD but any tips are appreciated. You can buy any of the three at the top of this post as well! (Same price) or I can replicate one if it sells and you really want that color and plant :) They will be wrapped and sent in a standard envelope via USPS with a hand written thank you note <3 If you are outside of the US i can ship to you, but it will cost a little more. Please email me if you have any questions!
If you don’t want one, but would like to help anyways, my paypal is above. If you cannot send money, please don’t feel pressured! I still love you. Take care of yourself. <3 but please reblog this instead <3
I need help: do you think it's too early to start planning for college as. A freshman. And teo: do you think that broadway and taco bell are reasonable coping mechanisms? Idk I'm so random....💛💛a young hufflepuff
I don’t think it’s ever too early to start planning. You don’t need to feel pressure to do it, but if you want to I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t. Even small things like looking at different colleges you think look cool, looking up different majors or minors that you think you might be interested in. Or even looking at if you would want to live on campus at college or commute. And if you do think about living on campus, it’s always fun to think of different things to possibly do with your dorm room. Looking on pinterest for dorm room decorating ideas and maybe making a board for ideas of things that you’d maybe like to do for your dorm one day. There’s so many different things you can do in terms of thinking about and planning for college. If that’s something that interests you, I say go for it! It’s never too early to start at least thinking about it.
And also, I think Broadway and Taco Bell are not only reasonable coping mechanisms, they’re AMAZING coping mechanisms. 10/10 Miki’s would recommend. :)
HI peeps! My name is Tae and this is officially my first post! *woot woot*
So I’ve been commuting to college for 2 years now, so I wanted to share some of my necessities for commuting!
(This can also apply to high school and non commuting students)
Book bag- What I normally look for in a book bag:
Compartments - Idk if it’s just me but my book bags absolutely have to have a side pocket. It’s good to have your water bottle on the outside so you can avoid spills and have easier access. I also keep my umbrella there. I don’t want it getting anything wet and if I sit it down I am 99% sure gonna lose it before the day is over.
Materials - If you’re in an area that rains and snows you’ll want something water proof (or like that material that water just slides off..that’s water proof..right..carry on)
Size - Most book bags come with that laptop compartment. Check the specs and make sure your laptop will fit.
Cost - Remember: You get what you pay for. You should invest in a good book bag that’ll last you. But it doesn’t have to be an arm, leg and your first born.
Phone charger, portable charger, car charger. You’ll need one with you. Nothing like being an hour away from home on 5% and a panicking mother.
I personally prefer earplugs. They’re easier to put away and allows me to still be aware of my surroundings.
Water bottle and snacks -
Get a reusable/refillable water bottle, help save the planet and stuff!
I STRONGLY suggest that you keep your snacks in a plastic baggy of some sort. Guys. The amount of crumbs at the bottom of my book bag could feed an army of ants. Horrible day that was..
I have a small wallet that I just keep my IDs, card, and cash in. Got it from Walmart, $4.
***side note** Have at least $10 cash and like $1 of quarters, for emergencies or in case a vending machine is being stupid***
I use one of those little plastic makeup pouches to get my little things like chapstick, mini hand sanitizer and lotion, and feminine products in. So they’re not all over the place and if you need to switch bags BAM. Easy peasy.
I hope you or someone finds this useful! And I would greatly appreciate and add-ons or feedback!