After four years of commuting to Moravian College, I like to think I've learned a thing or two, and I am here to share my wisdom from the countless hours I’ve spent behind the wheel.
Learn to Love Parallel Parking
Whether you are prepared to admit it or not, one day you will be forced to parallel park. I don’t care that every one of your classes is before the sun rises, a day will come when there is no other option than the roadside, and when that day comes, you should be ready. As someone who parallels parks almost daily, I can say that it is a subtle skill that I have become quite proud of. Note: Don’t try to go in front first. I know it seems like a good idea initially, but it's actually more trouble than it’s worth.
Pack a Change of Professional Clothes
You don’t have to keep a three-piece suit in your car, but it does help to always have a nice shirt and pair of pants. There are a lot of great events on campus that require students look presentable, but it can be tough to keep track of your calendar! Keeping a nice outfit in your car, just in case, makes sure that you won’t miss out on something just because you decided to wear sweats. Also, this is great if you're like me and seem to constantly spill things on yourself. A new shirt is always better than one covered in orange juice.
Get Involved and Stay on Campus
As a commuter it is sometimes difficult to meet new people and really feel connected to the campus because you seem to be constantly leaving. This can be especially tough for people who aren’t usually outgoing and might not feel comfortable approaching people. While in my experience everyone I have approached has been generally awesome (I met my best friends randomly in the library), another fantastic way to meet people is through joining clubs and going to events. This applies to both commuter-specific events, and all the great weekend trips, nightly performances, and MAC events.
If it Snows, Contact Your Professor
Winter weather presents some very distinct challenges for commuters. Snow makes driving conditions horrible, parking horrendous, and commuting infinitely more difficult. If you don’t think you can make it to class due to unsafe driving conditions, a simple email to your professor saying you are a commuter solves the problem.