In this post, I have shared the key advantages of taking public transport as a commuter college student.
As a recent graduate who had to commute to a college campus, all this is still very fresh in my mind which is why I thought to share it with you in case you find yourself thinking about whether you should drive or simply use public transport.
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Advantages of taking public transport as a commuter college student
1. You can travel while tired
As a college student, you can’t avoid pulling all-nighters, sometimes a few all-nighters a week, which of course takes a toll on your body. All that said, though, it doesn’t excuse you from moving around and attending your classes.
This is where public transport comes in. When you’re dog-tired you’re an unsafe driver, let’s start there.
What’s so great about public transport is that it keeps you safe from yourself, from your own fatigue, which could put your life at risk if you get behind the wheel.
Some schools like USIU organize some outsourced service for their commuter students which is what I used throughout my college days even though I had the option to drive myself to school, I simply preferred to outsource that task to someone else.
On the school bus, I could catch a few zees, either on the way to school or on the way back home, which on those long days was what kept me going.
2. You can have a productive commute
Another great advantage of taking public transport as a college commuter student is that you are able to be productive on your commute.
When you aren’t the person behind the wheel, you are free to plan your day on your commute and get organized.
You are able to read a book or listen to an audiobook or review some summary notes that you created from your last study session.
3. You can nap on your commute
I touched on this on the very first point. College rides out hard. That’s just how it is. You will be tired, and you will need that thirty-minute power nap. Why not have it on the way to school or o your way back home?
Taking public transport frees you from having to squint your eyes which are heavy with sleep and fatigue while you struggle your way to school, or on your way back home.
Taking public transport allows your body to get a much-needed break.
4. Saves you money
This one should go without saying, but I shall go ahead and say it anyway.
Being able to drive yourself around is great and provides a lot of flexibility, however fueling your car every week can really wring out your wallet.
A more affordable, more sustainable, more planet-friendly way to move around is to use public transport or the outsourced service I mentioned earlier.
This is often much cheaper than having to fuel your car every two days with money you really don’t have as a college student.
5. No parking hassle
Finding parking on campus can take anywhere from five to fifty minutes. And sometimes you end up not finding any parking at all, just ask grad students, lol.
What’s so great about using public transport or even a carpool is that you don’t have to struggle to find parking, which can be such a hassle.
You can easily miss your class. Why? Because you simply couldn’t find parking in time.
Don’t let this be you.
I am well aware that public transport is more convenient in some parts of the world than in others so, of course, you have to take this advice with a grain of salt.
It’s a good idea to weigh the pros and cons of taking public transport and consider other more convenient solutions for yourself that don’t necessarily involve you having to drive your own car.
An example I mentioned earlier is carpooling, you could either carpool with your friend’s car or carpool with a cab. Really, the world is your oyster.
If you are a commuter college student, I hope this helps.