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If you’re live far away from school or your job, you’re probably going to become a commuter. Commuting can be stressful and frustrating, but you can 100% get through it! Here’s a survival guide from a seasoned commuter, even when it seemed impossible.

Make sure that you know what you can handle.

Commuting isn’t typically the first thing people do when it comes to making to choices to work or go to school. If you’re in a situation where you have to pick between living somewhere you can’t afford to or move back home and save money with the option to commute, list out all of your available options. See what fits best for you and your schedule.

Know your way of transportation.  

So, you’ve decided to commute. Great! Make sure that you know what type of transportation you’re taking, how long it takes to get to your destination plus any type of traffic that might interfere with traveling. TIP: Make a schedule of what time you need to get ready by and when the latest you can leave is. Some people start an hour or two hours before they need to be somewhere to make sure that they’re there on time. Make sure to estimate how much you may spend in gas, bus fees, car maintenance, etc. 

If needed, carpool. 

After estimating expenses for commuting, you might not have the financial option to do it on your own. Finding someone to carpool with is a great way to cut costs! You might even want to put some fliers around campus because you’ll never know is also in need of a helping hand!

Bring entertainment!

Your speakers will be your best friend on those long morning drives. Download podcasts, audiobooks, or even make a mixtape to help make the commute easier for you. If you have to spend time on the road, make sure you have something to ease your mind on the drive. For a little extra studying, record yourself reviewing your class notes!

You get quality time with yourself.

Now granted, you will have to spend extra time in your day going to and from your destination. It isn’t always a waste of time, it also allows you to become independent on the road. You’re traveling on your own and learning to take care of yourself in a new way. 

Commuting may not be a totally scary option. It may put a damper in your wallet, but it also has some positive benefits. Remember, don’t knock until you try it! Always be prepared for the unexpected too; life can test you at any moment. Sometimes, you have to do what makes you comfortable, but if commuting is the answer, then go for it!

Gwendolyn is a Louisiana Tech University graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. She worked as a contributing writer under the La Tech HC Chapter. In her free time, she loves to read, write, edit, listen to music, watch movies, and explore new places and things. She plans to find work in book publishing for children's books.
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