The Slog of Daily Transportation to Campus

By Joseph Murphy on April 26, 2021

As the country begins to transition back towards a more “normal” state of society, so too will colleges return to their typical in-class meetings. College students who have attended class through Zoom meetings from their homes may not have been concerned with seemingly menial everyday struggles that haven’t existed during the pandemic. For example, with classes returning to campus, students who live off-campus will have to relearn how to delegate time enough to get to and from school.

This issue may not seem to be a big one, but depending on where you are attending college in the country, this may be more of an issue than you anticipate. Having attended school in Washington state and dealt with many icy winters, it is easy to underestimate the challenge of trekking to school every day. If you are lucky enough to have a car, you will need it to heat up before you drive off; you will surely need to scrape the ice off your windshield as you shiver in your car waiting for the seat warmers to heat up. When it is finally time to go to campus, you will need to remain wary of ice on the road, which will make your drive to campus longer.

If you are one of the unlucky students who have to walk to campus, you’ll need to know pretty accurately just how much time it takes to campus. I myself had to walk about 20 minutes my Junior year. If this is your situation, set aside time each morning to choose a podcast or music playlist to listen to while you walk to campus. Walking alone with nothing to occupy your mind can be dull, and if you are stuck in a lecture class after walking to campus in silence for a half-hour, you might not absorb the class material as well.

Another issue many off-campus students have is whether or not to go back home in between classes. We all try to choose schedules where classes aren’t too spread apart, but sometimes you cannot avoid it. I’ve found it is best to find a spot on campus where you can either pass the time with friends, watch YouTube, do homework, or listen to music. Whether a local lake, the art building, the library, or anywhere else, college campuses offer an array of localities to make your “mini home” of sorts. And, when you’re done with your classes for the day, then you can head home with a sense of comfort waiting for you.

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