So you decided you want to commute to school instead of living in the dorm. I get it! Living in a dorm isn’t for everyone and being able to sleep in your own bed every night is a treat. But just because you commute doesn’t mean you have to miss out on traditional college experiences. There are many different ways to stay involved on campus!
Here are some tips on how to get the full college experience as a commuter!
Being involved at school is a great way to make new friends and gives yourself a presence on campus. Clubs, student government, club sports and Greek life. Even at small schools, there are tons of options for getting involved on campus!
Attend campus activities
Attending events on campus is a great way to meet new people. Not sure where to start? A big sporting event like a football or basketball game usually gains lots of attention and is a great way to meet new people.
Talk to your classmates
Make friends with the people you sit next to in your classes. You’ll talk each time before and after classes and it’s a good way to get to know someone. Exchange numbers, study together and before you know it you’re friends! This is a great way to meet people at smaller schools and you’ll already have someone to work with when your Professor tells you to work in groups.
Use campus resources
Going to the library to study is a good way to make friends. Use the resources your school offers; gym, dining hall, library! It’ll help you and you’ll make more friends.
Always bring your laptop
You’re going to need something to do in between classes so bring your laptop for studying or social media. There’s usually not enough time to head home and back in between classes and you won’t just want to sit there and do nothing.
Make friends with someone on campus
Being close with someone who lives on campus is a great way to stay in the loop! Chances are you’ll meet people in your classes that live on campus.
Avoid early classes
A commute to an 8 a.m. class is like being in high school all over again. Pro tip, if you go to school with weather like snow, schedule later classes because you’ll have a better chance of getting your classes canceled in a snowstorm. Even if the snow stops the roads still won’t be ok! You’re welcome.