Commuter Tip #2


Being a commuter without a meal plan can be tricky, especially when your commute is thirty minutes one way. No going home mid-day to raid the fridge. No stove. No oven. Just you and whatever crappy microwave you can find in one of the commuter lounges on campus. I’m lucky enough to have a fridge to store things in on campus, but I don’t know if most people even have that.

So what do you do when you have eight hour+ days, you’re half broke, and you need to eat? 

1. Pack a lunch. This idea initially makes me think of cold lunches in elementary school, but if you have access to a microwave (which I find a lot of campuses do have in commuter lounges), you can do a lot more. TV dinners, for one, aren’t too expensive, and are quick and easy to make. Or if you want even better food, make your own! Buy ingredients in bulk, pick a free day out of your week, and do all your cooking for that week at once. You can freeze your meals to keep them good throughout the week, and then all you have to do is heat it up like you would any other TV dinner.

2. Stock up on fast food coupons and gift cards for places on and around campus. Neither of the food places on our campus accepts these, but there are places close by (there’s a Burger King right across the street) that do. It’s always nice when I forget to bring food, only have $5 on me, and two whoppers and two fries costs all of $4.

3. Make friends with on-campus students. I’m not sure about other schools, but our meal plans are honestly a fair bit bigger than they need to be, and they reset every semester. Because of that, residents usually have extra meals that they’re willing to share, especially closer to the end of the semester. 
Our school also offers cases of water or boxes full of chips near the end of the semester to alleviate students of some of those extra meals.

beardrew  asked:

What about commuter students? Adult students who live & work off-campus but come in for evening classes? Are they less likely to be affected, in that they're there less, or are they more likely, as the Fair Folk take the limited target window as a challenge?

They’re less likely to be affected, just due to spending fewer 3AMs on campus. On the other hand, since during time off-campus, things get a little hazy, they might be more vulnerable - less likely to remember protection each day. So it balances out.

4.25.17 Another Day, Another Paper (72/100 days of productivity)

Four papers down, three more to go! Today my friends and I discovered a study lounge in one of the buildings on campus. We were originally told it was for commuter students, but I didn’t see the word commuter on the sign :) Right now I’m working on my Junior Seminar final, analyzing marginalia I made from the first three science fiction books I ever read. This is one of my easier papers. I can’t wait to be finished, because I’ve had papers due back to back since Friday. After this, my next paper isn’t due until Thursday, which means I won’t have to spend Wednesday cramming! 

fo-shizel  asked:

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
  • Notebook(s)
  • 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
  • Headphones
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Extra sweatshirt or jacket in your car

Related: What to Bring (and What to Leave at Home) for Dorm Students

I can’t wait to live at home next semester. I’ll be able to have a part time job while I’m going to school and I’ll be able to help out at home. 

But what I am most excited for is decorating. 

There are going to be so many plants in that house. 

mother fuckers 

you don’t even understand 

anonymous asked:

What was your experience as a commuter student? Did you find you had less time to volunteer or weren't as involved on campus because of travel time or transportation limitations (city bus)?

Occasionally, yes. I was less able to attend school functions or do anything on campus because I was a commuter, but a large part of this was that I was working at least one job (more often, two) the entire time I was in school. There was a pretty long period when I would work 8-12, drive to school, have class from 12:30-3:30, drive back to work, and work from 4-8. I ate lunch in my car while driving and ate dinner between clients at work. It didn’t leave me a whole lot of time for socializing or volunteering. 

But there were other times when I would have very long breaks in my schedule between classes and/or on days I didn’t work, and I’d have to find somewhere to spend my time. When I attended community college, that place was a specific table at the back of the lunch room where my friends would gather. At Trinity, it was the Mole Hole*, which was a commuter lounge with couches, tables, and a microwave. Sometimes I’d opt for the on-campus cafe instead. I had to plan whenever I wanted to see my friends on campus because while they were free to do anything at any time of day, my schedule was very strict.

This is not to say that all commuters will be less involved on campus or not have time to do things, it’s just that it was my own personal experience, because I was working so much at the time (to pay for college). If you want to be involved on campus, you still have the opportunity to do so, you just need to plan a little more carefully than your classmates. 

Commuter Survival Tips: commuter friendly class schedules

Hey guys! We’re approaching our half-way point in the semester so I know some of you are beginning to think about classes for next semester. Creating a commuter friendly schedule is essential if you are planning on getting any enjoyment out of your college experience. These may not be applicable to everyone, but they’re just a few things I’ve picked up after a couple of semesters of commuting and I thought I’d share just in case anybody might find them useful.

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Backpack tips

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.

3) Supplies

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.

5) Chargers

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.

General stuff:

1) Deodorant

2) tissues

3) perfume/cologne

4) brush/comb

5) chap stick

6 )gum/ breath mints


1) Pads/ tampons

2) makeup for touch ups

3) condoms

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.

9) Keys

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!

The struggles of a commuter student who has to listen to music or risk losing his sanity waiting in traffic
  • Station one: shape of you
  • Station two: shape of you
  • Station three: shape of you
  • Station four: shape of you
  • Station five: advertisement
  • Station six: country music
Blind Date

Member: Wonwoo
Genre: Fluff
Word Count: 3322

(A/N: This isn’t exactly like the request, but I got really excited and carried away with it, so please forgive me)

“I don’t need a boyfriend.” you stated, looking down at the paper coffee cup in your hands.

“You know that’s a lie.” your best friend said, laughing and leaning back in her chair. Of course, she was absolutely right, but you didn’t want her to know that. She had been trying to convince you to let her set you up on a blind date for a few days now, and it was starting to get tiring refusing her.

“Who would you even set me up with?” you asked.

“It wouldn’t be a blind date if I told you, now would it?” she sighed, looking at you like you were stupid. You just made a face at her and looked back at your teacup. “It wouldn’t be that bad. The guy I had in mind already said that he was willing to let me set him up with someone.”

“Really?” you said, your head snapping up.

“I knew you were interesteeed!” your friend squealed, bouncing up and down in her seat. Damn it. You didn’t want to give her this satisfaction, but you couldn’t deny that your interest was at least a little piqued.

“…So what were you planning?” you sighed, finally giving in.

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anonymous asked:

I'm in my last year of high school and I want to know what college is like? Can you pls reply! Btw, I love your blog!!

I might not be the best person to tell you about the whole college experience because I’m commuter student that still lives at home with my parents but I will try to give you an idea of the academic side of things. (I’m also almost done with my freshman year so that might impact some of these answers)

  • if you already have your major picked out (and it’s the right one for you) you’ll be taking classes that are actually interesting to you. High school is basically 4 years of gen eds (classes everyone has to take regardless of their major) but college is like “oh you want to take a class on film genres? here it’s available next fall”
  • The last couple weeks before finals week are even worse than finals week because that’s when all your big projects are due
  • Idk if you’re familiar with the comedian John Mulaney but he has this joke about how “college is just your opinion” it’s literally just your opinion. I wish I had a dollar for every time a professor said “Come on guys I want to hear how you feel about this” during a lecture
  • most professors won’t admit it but they will go easier on the people who volunteer to present their projects first
  • you get to decide your schedule so if you could have 3 hours between classes if you wanted or you could schedule your classes one right after the other
  • longer winter break and shorter semesters. I’m getting out of school a month earlier than I did in high school and it’s great
  • it seems that people communicate exclusively through snapchat (I haven’t made any friends really this is just an observation)
  • you will have a ton of reading (people say you should do all your reading i’ve found that you should do the first couple to see if you really need to do every reading for that class)
  • your professors also don’t want to be at that 8am/10am lecture 
  • in my experience a lot of professors openly express their hatred for Donald Trump (My symbolic logic prof once spent 5 minutes saying “we’re going to do the best logic. I have the most logical logic. And you’re all going to score bigly on your tests” it was real weird)

AESTHETIC - The Last 3 Years

running up tube escalators, Ancient Greek declensions, a desk full of books and crisp packets, charging my phone anywhere and everywhere, shoehorning a discussion on Homer into any seminar whatever the actual subject, weaving through crowds, leaning my head on train windows, the same burgundy jumper, the same black boots, the same beloved tartan scarf, waking up late for everything, living off pepsi, squashing myself onto packed commuter trains, student theatre tickets, Latin verb tables, empty 2am streets, so many unfinished to-do lists, nights in with my best friend and a great film, running out of wall space, Trafalgar Square and watching the city around me.

So I had my final exam for my degree today! It’s all over! This is to commemorate the three years since I moved down to London with too many books and not enough common sense ahaha ;)

Things that suck about being a ‘commuting’ student who doesn’t drive and relies on public transport who doesn’t live that close to their school.

‘A meeting at 11am’ entails

‘I need to get up early enough to get myself ready so I can ensure I’m out of the house in time for the bus’ 

‘There’s like an hour and a bit journey both ways’ 

‘I will probably only be in this meeting for like 30 minutes tops’  

College Tours: What to Expect & What to Ask

When it comes time to apply for a college and make your final decision, there are a lot of variables to consider. What degrees are offered, where is it located, what’s the price, and what’s life like on that campus? One excellent step to the process is a college tour. Here’s what those are all about.

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pro-tip for uni students that commute to their campus. fuck paying for parking. fuck getting a parking pass. just park illegally like i did for two whole semesters. buy one pay to park sticker, flip it upside down in your car so the parking monitors can’t tell what day its for. i literally saved HUNDREDS of dollars that would’ve otherwise been spent on fucking parking. and i didn’t get one single ticket!!!!!!