As a non-traditional college student, you likely have to cope with a commute to school. Living off campus comes with its own set of unique challenges and planning. Try these tricks to lessen the burden of your South College commute.
Avoid the hassle of unnecessary trips back and forth to campus. Instead, schedule your classes close together or just an hour or two apart, so you can stay on campus. Be efficient by going to the library to catch up on homework between classes instead of going home or taking a nap.
Pack a Bag
Dedicate a bag for school. Too often students forget necessary school items because they use multiple bags or no bag at all. By having an organized place to keep all school materials, books, your school I.D., test materials and other items with daily use, you can avoid the risk of losing or leaving something important behind.
Bonus: If you have breaks in your schedule, pack an extra set of clothes for the gym or throw a pillow and blanket in your car for a quick between-class nap.
When you add up the time you spend in classes plus driving to and from school, college commuters can experience a long day. In the midst of the chaos, students often give in to fast food or buying drinks and snacks throughout the day. After a while, this can become unhealthy and expensive! Instead, take a refillable water bottle and pack your lunch.
During your gap period, try to socialize. Going to campus events and participating in school clubs makes breaks between classes much more bearable—even fun! Activities such as these will help you feel more connected to the school and look forward to making that long (or short) commute drive. Who knows? You may even make some new friends.
Your college commute can seem much shorter and less burdensome when you have a plan. Learn what other ways you can plan during your time at South College, starting with these three tips to reduce the cost of college.