There are a few things I learned while attending my state school that I wanted to share with you all. Commuter schools are great for some people, but ultimately there are possible points of contention that you should keep in mind. And to be all controversial, I’ve flipped the system, giving you cons first and pros second.
1. If you’re prone to solitude, the prospect of going back home is potentially very enticing and may hinder your ability to make social connections with your peers.
2. Many people go home straight after classes are over resulting in a silent campus by around 7 p.m.
3. You may have less motivation to stay on campus for that 6:30 pm Student Government meeting when you are done for the day at 2 p.m. and have a 45 minute train ride back home.
4. Commuting may be expensive based on the mode(s) of transportation necessary. Also, think of the time wasted. You tell yourself you’re going to get so much work done on the bus, but really you just watch obscure documentaries on Netflix and think to yourself, meh, it’s educational.
5. If you forgot an assignment or your lab goggles (me, about 5 times) you are screwed.
1. No obnoxious roommate. No awkward encounters with your roommate’s guests. No being woken up at 3 a.m. the night before a midterm by your roommate drunkenly staggering into the room while her screaming friends collapse in the hallway behind her. Enough said.
2. You don’t have to pay $6,000 for crappy dining hall food (when I found out each meal at Wellesley cost over $11 I wanted to slap someone. And then eat. And eat.). $12,000 per year is usually not worth living in a 10’x12′ box.
3. Your laundry machine will actually have separate settings for warm water, knits/delicates, permanent press, and handwash. If you have multiple button down shirts, linen tees, or sweaters made from angora, cashmere, or merino wool, believe me, this will be an issue!