Advice for Newcomer Commuters

Advice for Newcomer Commuters

The hustle-and-bustle of college life is back with new things to experience, classes to attend, and lots of memories to be made. As students start to get into a habitual routine, some have to hit the road to attend their classes as commuters. For students who have not had this experience, it can be tricky at first. Luckily, many commuters have gone through this process with positive experiences!

“The advice I would give to a newcomer commuter at SNU would be to be open to new experiences,” says Daniel Trojman, a senior at SNU. “They might not live on campus but I do not think they should feel apart from campus activities.”

On the subject of how to get more involved with campus life, Trojman says, “Some of the best ways are by attending events provided by the Center of Student Success, and being open to new experiences, such as a soccer tournament or a cultural event. I would encourage the commuters as well to go to SNU sports games because the environment you will find is special!”

There are various events and meet-ups designed especially for commuters throughout the semester. One of the first events includes a free commuter coffee chat on August 31st from 7:30 am to 9:30 am in the coffee shop. You will be able to get a free grande coffee of your choice. Also, be sure to check your emails for future opportunities like this as well.

“Being a commuter is fun, so take every advantage while you are on campus,” says Angie Warwick, a senior at SNU. “You can always stop by the lounge and say hi to people or grab anything in the coffee shop. It is definitely worth it!”

To get more involved with campus life, Warwick suggested joining a club. “You can still join clubs while being a commuter, just because you might not be able to go to all of the meetings does not make you less of a club member,” says Warwick.

As a commuter myself, the advice I would give to other commuters would be to arrange your schedule to fit your lifestyle. If you are more of a morning person, take classes in the morning. If you do not want to constantly travel back and forth between campus and your residence, pick courses that are close together with few gaps. This helps you to not bust the bank on gas money!

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