I have talked a bit about being a commuter, and the process Ive gone through with transferring. I will link those posts below, but today I wanted to sit down and talk about the university level of this whole commuter thing. Because University is so different from community college just as community college is much different than high school. As humans we are constantly taking steps, in all directions, sometime up, sometimes down, sometimes you're stuck on landing that seems to never lead anywhere. And yet one day you're circling the parking garage of a university you know very little about and you're in full on panic mode that you're going to be late for your first class. But you are here none the less. You took the steps even though the took forever to get you there.
I always talk about how great Community College is, but Its not always the most amazing and efficient thing in the world. So when you're making a decision as big as college then you should have both sides. If you haven't checked out the pro lost, click the CCG Pro button below!
A good percentage of people may age all go away to school and live on campus. Which is great for them because so many people do hauls on dorm things, and tips and tricks for kids who live on campus. But when it comes to the rest of us, I feel like we don't get as much help. So here are a few essentials Ive loved as a college commuter.
1. An Aux Cord.
I just recently got a new car that has an aux cord option and it has changed my life. I don't struggle to find cds that are crammed into the side door panel of my car nearly as often as I used to. I just tell siri to play my music and I'm set. And if you want to see what I like to listen to, check out the right panel and click on the playlist tag and it will take you to all of the playlists that I have published!
2.A Youtuber or Audio Book
Find someone on youtube you enjoy listening to, or an audio book you love and play them thought the aux cord instead of music. I find it to be calming when things feel hectic and I don't want to listen to music. I often listen to The Penavega's on youtube, or TheAnaEdit also on youtube. I drive forty-ish minutes each way to school and back and its nice to not be constantly bombarded with Chainsmokers or another indie band playing that Cleopatra song yet agin.
3. A Giant water bottle.
When you are away from home for long periods of time its nice to be able to not have to pay for vending machine drinks. I have a 50oz water bottle from Nathan ( https://www.nathansports.com/supershot-hydration-bottle-4314tn ) I fill it with ice and unsweetened tea every single day. To the point where the kids at the daycare I work at know all about Miss.Allie's Tea. Or as one of sweet little buddies says "Ow-wee Tea?" Keep hydrated and save some vending machine dollars.
4. Find a Hobby!
Often I find myself scrolling through instagram looking at people who are away to school always having fun. Always at some party, or some sport, or club, or anything. So When you feel like your missing out its good to replace those feelings with a hobby or activity. Ive enjoyed doing yoga, but you could join a bible study, do a dance class at a local community center, take up a new art like writing or painting even if you think you're terrible at it. Keep yourself busy to keep away those boring times.
5. A knowledge of Your Enviroment.
Now this doesnt always apply if your school is under ten minutes from your house, but I drive a good distance and in the fall when I transfer to a university I will have another long drive. So if you're in the same boat as me, get to know the area you're in. Find someplace you like to hide out, or explore. I go to school in Monroe and if you check out this post: http://www.allisonderosia.com/blog/monroe-michigan this is a little bit of the exploring I did and really got to know the area i am surrounded with. Find the little corner of the world that you can embrace because trust me sitting around at home can wait.
I often get embarrassed when I tell people I am starting off at community college. But in reality, It's one of the best choices I've made for my future.
I'm going to be an elementary teacher and I think we all know there isn't a whole lot of money in that field. So having as little debt as possible is the goal. Be able to move out and support myself sooner the better and that wouldn't be very easy with 80,000+ dollars in debt looming over my head.
In highschool I had good grades. Nothing crazy great, but definitely good grades. I got into Universities but when the forms telling me it would put me over 20,000 dollars into debt four times... I got hesitant. I wasn't eligible for any financial aid. So I had a choice. Move out and go away to school now and rack up debt, or stay home now, save money and move out once I have a job.
I chose to stay home. I chose to commute to community college then transfer to a bigger four year university after a couple of years, getting my prerequisites out of the way.
In about a year I am transferring to University of Michigan Dearborn to get my University of Michigan degree. There are so many amazing counselors and advisors to meet with at schools to help you figure out where you want to go, and how you want to do it. Transferring classes and figuring out what classes to take can be tricky but If you take this route (which I highly recommend) go to a couple schools you're interested in and talk to someone. I have met with not only University of Michigan but also Eastern Michigan University. I had both options open for years and both are great schools with great staff.
So far have no debt, and am able to work easily and commute back and forth easily. If you have any questions, feel free to go to the contact tab above and email me!
My names Allison. I am a Christ follower. I write, travel, take pictures, and I am a current college student from Metro-Detroit. Take your shoes off, and stay awhile.
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