Choosing to Be a College Commuter
Deciding to commute is one of the most difficult choices I had to make in college. I lived on campus my first two years, but junior year, I became a commuter. There were a lot of factors that I considered before I decided:
- I wanted an internship. The one I applied for was in Center City, which was more easily commutable from my house than from Rosemont.
- Living on campus was a life-changing experience for me, but I started considering my future off-campus. I want to have as little debt after college as possible so I can live on my own and get married.
- I am happily in a long-term relationship, and the incentive to living at home is that my time is easily balanced between my family and my boyfriend.
- Would I be able to continue playing volleyball even though I’m moving off-campus? Evening practices and night and weekend games allowed me to play junior year.
There were also some sacrifices I had to make. This year, unfortunately, I had to give up volleyball. I chose to focus on completing my undergraduate and graduate degree projects. I also accepted a part-time work position from my first internship at an academic journal publisher, and I am interning with Rosemont Campus Ministry. Publishing is the field I want to work in, and commuting challenged me to find an internship. Now I have a job!