Being a commuter has its’ benefits

By John Del Sordo
October 7, 2004

For many colleges across the Country, there seems to be two distinct groups of students that attend their schools, the students who live there, and the students who commute. For generations these schools, Cabrini being no different, have tried many different ways to help keep the commuting students from feeling left out such as commuter-holidays, special events, and even novelty t-shirts. Although many students who live on campus may think that life is just no fun driving to and from college, there are many benefits to being a commuter that are usually over looked.

Mostly bad things are often associated with commuting to college; finding a parking spot, traffic, being late, living at home, being out of the loop, however, many of these problems are not much of an issue when considering the overall freedom of living off-campus. To be perfectly honest, from what I can remember from living in Xavier hall at Cabrini a few years ago, I find it very ironic that Cabrini would actually have holidays in an effort to solute those people who live off-campus, and make sympathetic t-shirts in their dedication.

Commuting students start the day waking up in their own bed. They do not wake up to the roommate who sets his alarm for six in the morning even though he does not have class until 8:15. Commuters then go to their shower where they take as long as they want. They don’t wait outside the bathroom door in line, wearing four dollar flip flops in a failed effort to fight against the many types of foot fungus that live and breed on the shower floor. Commuters than go to their cars, and leave for class. They do not have their cars left at their parent’s houses because they are first year students, or because Dad wants to keep the insurance down while they are at school, he’s put their car on suspension. After class, commuters get to go home, and eat whatever and wherever they want. They do not scurry back to their dorm and discover that the entire floor has chosen to make the easy-mac their roommate’s parents sent them as a community lunch. After the day is spent, Commuters can go out with anyone they choose, including those that live on campus, and go to any friends’ house, bar, club, or party on or off campus. They are not forced to attend the hopping on-campus parties that can include, but are not limited to, beer pong without the ping pong ball, fire drills while visiting girls trying to harmlessly sleep over their boyfriend’s dorm room are hiding in closets, and lots and lots of public safety. When commuters want to stay home, and have a few friends over, they simply ask them to come on over. They do not need state issued identification cards in order to get them signed in, just so they can be kicked out at a designated time. When commuters want to drink, they drink. They do not have to imitate famous musicians, and sneak through some sort of college, secret-service station using a broken guitar case to hide a 32 pack of natural ice. When looking at a day in the life of a commuter, it is easy to see some how the life of a commuter can be quite convenient.

Maybe it’s commuters’ often misunderstood, off-campus attitude that help make the school believe we need people wearing t-shirts to express us love? Maybe people really do just love commuters? Commuters do live good lives, full of independence and freedom. If Mel Gibson’s Character in ‘Brave heart’ was a college student, he would have definitely been a commuter. So let me speak for the commuters when I say, “You will never take our freedom!” And if the only problem that being a commuter really causes is having to drive to and from class, than I think we can handle it.

Posted to the web by Jenna Nash

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