- Jul 18, 2004
Did you commute to college? What were your reasons? How far did you have to travel? What do you see as the pros and cons? Would you choose to do things differently today if you had a do-over?
I went to a few different community colleges at first (I wasn't the best teenager in the world, LOL), so I commuted. Then when I went to a 4 year college I always commuted. At first, I walked...through a VERY bad neighborhood, not the best idea but I survived. Then when I got a car I drove. Then I moved out of the city and started taking the train back and forth. Therefore the commute ranged from 1.5 miles to 15+ miles.Did you commute to college? What were your reasons? How far did you have to travel? What do you see as the pros and cons? Would you choose to do things differently today if you had a do-over?
It's funny, those traffic patterns isn't it? Can swing a commute so wildly one way or the other. One semester I had a class that was on Fridays and ended at 4:50pm. The worst possible time to end a class ever, but it was the only one offered. I remember the moment class was dismissed I would RUN to my car. I probably looked like a crazy person (though not far from the truth so, oh well). If I could make it past MLK Blvd/395 that dumped onto 95 in the city by 5:05, I was golden -- if I was even 5 or 6 minutes later than that I wouldn't make it home until 7pm.I commuted during grad school. Does that count? I was also a mother of 3 at that point. On a good day, it was a 1 hour 10 minute commute into Seattle each way. On a bad day, it was 2.5 hours.
My son was a commuter student for two years while in community college. His drive to school - on average 15 minutes each way. He’s in a 4 year college now living 3 hours from home and it really matured him. I wish he went there first but he was so wishy washy about school that we figured we’d let Him go local in case he decided school wasn’t for him. He is also on the deans list so his grades even improved.My dh commuted to college. Even though he lived in NYC he took his bike. The community college was approx 15 mi each way and then when he moved onto college after that it was approx 5 mi each way. I’ve never heard him wish he wasn’t a commuter student but I think he wishes he had his act a little more together because it took him more than 4 years to graduate. He had most of his college paid for by the state due to family circumstances.