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Life of a Commuter

by Courtney on November 21, 2016

in College Life

When transferring to Fontbonne last semester, I wasn’t sure how I would like driving to campus everyday.  At my past college I lived in a dorm and was right on campus so it was easy to go to class or stay at the library until late.  However, being a commuter at Fontbonne is great!  Here is a list of advice if you are thinking of being a commuter student.

  1. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to school traffic is different every day!
  2. Be prepared to be on campus all day.  My classes are scattered throughout the day so I stay on campus and get a lot of homework done
  3. Pack a lunch! If you are there all day bring some snacks to keep up your energy and curb your hunger.
  4. Living off campus allows you to escape the stress at the end of the day.
  5. Become involved! With living off campus it may be harder to meet people so join some clubs and hangout with people in the club to stay connected!

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It’s 7:30 AM. Wake up, get ready for the day, and walk out the door by 8:45 AM (regardless of what time my class starts: 9:30 or 10). Here is the reason why – TRAFFIC! For those that live on campus, it is a luxury that the campus is small. You have the ability to wake up 5-10 minutes before class. That is plenty of time for you. Us commuters…not so much. You see, it is 8:45 AM., people are on their way to work (which also happens to commence at 9 or 9:30 AM).

PSA to ALL COMMUTERS:

  1. AVOID 8 AM CLASSES AT ALL COSTS (if you can). Trust me, you think it is dreadful now, wait until 8 AM in the Winter. The roads will be in somewhat decent condition to drive in (if at all). If not, I am 100% certain that you will be late.
  2. If you plan to park your car on campus, GET TO CAMPUS EARLY! Parking spots are all filled by about 8:45 AM. Yes, the university constructed a second lot due to this issue, but the walk that you have to make is especially inconvenient if you are running late.
  3. Carpool with friends if you can.
  4. When you pull into the campus lot (oval lot between AB Hall, Ryan, Medaille, and the Fine Arts Building) – Always turn right and go around. I’ve seen people from time to time either turn left or people just driving on the opposite side of the lot. Do Not Do This.

Until next time guys, stay classy!

 

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Fontbonne University is my home Monday through Thursday from August to May. I spend almost all of my week at Fontbonne in the grand scheme of things. Fontbonne is my second home, and I cannot imagine going to another university. I am going to tell you know about my typical day as a Griffin.

7am: Wake up, shower, get ready for the day, eat breakfast.

8am: Leave for school. I am a commuter so it takes me about 45 minutes to drive to school everyday.

9am: Go to my first class

10:15-10:30am: Walk around the Golden Meadow from AB and make my way to my work study location in the Graduate and Professional Studies office in the East Building.

10:30-12pm: I work at my work study office. I love my work study because it allows me to work on campus and do my homework in the office if I need to. The office focuses on school first, but it gives me real world office experience and helps me learn to work well with others and work to get the job done.

12pm: Go to lunch with my friends outside at the DSAC. I spend time with my friends almost every day, and it is important to find time to do fun things with friends, especially as a commuter and with the stress of classes.

12:30-4:30pm: I go to two more classes. I have my first class in the art building and I love that I am able to have all of the classes in different buildings so I can experience all that Fontbonne has to offer. I walk passed the Golden Meadow and I see people eating lunch, students holding events, people playing in the meadow. It is refreshing to see people taking the time for themselves and not freaking out about school and work.

4:30-10pm: Typically, I have work right from school. I work at a small boutique and I like working directly from school. On days that I do not work, I am typically on my way home around 4:30 and have dinner with my family. Then, I may run errands and go to the store. Then, I typically watch some TV and start my homework. On the days I work, I like to have my homework done the day before, or I stay up late. On days I do not work, I have meetings for some of the clubs I am involved in.

11pm: I usually go to bed around 11pm, but sometimes later and I’m thankful when I get to go to sleep a little earlier.

 

Overall, a typical day as a Griffin is pretty great. Come onto campus and maybe you can have a great day as a Griffin, too!!

 

Xoxo,

Claire

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I absolutely cannot live without having spare time. As a commuter, it is very important for me to manage my time wisely. Since I’m at Fontbonne 8 hours a day , it is a good idea for me to get my homework done when I am not in class so that when I get home I have lots of free time. At home I started watching Scream Queens and I’m really excited for American Horror Story to start next week! That’s the other thing — every student should find a TV show that they really like to watch in their spare time. I don’t live in a dorm because everything that I could not live without is at home!

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by Alumni Posts October 20, 2014

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Commuter Week!

by Alumni Posts October 3, 2011

Happy Commuter Week, everyone! Commuting is the way to be this week, as the Commuter Advisory Board is pulling out all the stops with its (relative) plethora of events to celebrate all those who don’t operate out of a dorm room.  This is CAB’s first year as an activities-based group rather than merely an outlet […]

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