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Pedestrian Purgatory: 4 Predicaments of Commuting to College (493 hits)

When you think of going to college, you think of time spent in a dorm room studying for finals or arguing with your roommate. However, not everyone who goes to school lives on campus. Letís take a look at some of the perils involved with walking or otherwise commuting to school.

It Takes Longer to Get to Class

Regardless of how you choose to commute to school, it will take longer to get to class compared to if you lived on campus. Therefore, you will need to wake up early to ensure that you get to school in a timely manner. In some cases, you may need to get to school hours before your first class so that you avoid times of peak traffic.

You Lose out on Social Opportunities

Colleges are generally geared toward those who live on campus as opposed to those who commute to school. This is because it is easier to organize events for large groups of people who tend to be near where they take place. While there may be clubs for commuters at your school, this isnít always the case.
Furthermore, commuters tend to work or have other obligations that could result in not spending much time on campus outside of going to class. This can be especially true for parents or other nontraditional students.

There Are Expenses for Commuters as Well

Commuters donít need to spend money on room and board or on a meal plan in the cafeteria. However, they will still likely need to pay technology or other fees that help the school provide computers and other services to students. Even if you walk to school most of the time, you will still need to invest in shoes, clothing and other gear to make your journey easier and safer.

An Accident Is Possible

Pedestrian accidents have become more frequent in recent years because of a growing population and more cars on the road. Such accidents have also become more common because pedestrians and drivers are distracted by their smartphones resulting in personal injury . Make sure that your head is always on a swivel when crossing the street or even while on a sidewalk. Even if you have the right of way drivers may be distracted or not see you in the dark. Wear reflective running coats if you are walking home after dark.
If you commute to school, be sure that you take steps to protect yourself against vehicles and other pedestrians. Furthermore, donít forget to buy comfortable shoes and make sure that you are aware of the weather forecast before venturing out each day. Getting to school safely can make it easier to focus on your studies once you arrive.
Posted By: Kara Masterson
Friday, March 29th 2019 at 8:10PM
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