Daily Commuter: Navigating freshman year
So, it’s the beginning of another school year and with that comes new classes, experiences, and opportunities. For freshmen, all of those things are amplified.
But if you’re like me and are commuting to school, experiencing all that college has to offer can seem like a challenge. That’s where I come in.
My name is Kieran Butler and I’m a freshman at Towson, as well as a commuter.
I’m going to be writing about the things that I do to stay involved on campus, how I’m taking full advantage of my college experience, and even just day-to-day trials and tribulations of being a commuter.
So if you’re a commuter and worried about playing an active role on campus or just want to know that there’s someone else facing the same problems as you, stay tuned because I’m sure there will be a fair share of all of that.
With the first week of school being over, there’s been plenty of activity, but it seems that people are falling into the groove of the semester.
My first week consisted of running around campus trying to get into a class that I didn’t have on my schedule, deciding whether to go to the gym or actually start on homework, and learning that a cup of coffee is not enough to get you through a three-hour class.
I’ve also come to learn that comfortable shoes are a must when you have a class in the Center for the Arts.
There’s also the problem of finding the best ways to get to school every day.
Between avoiding traffic, working with the bus schedule and worrying about not having a parking spot, commuting can be pretty stressful.
And then there’s the heat. Has anybody else noticed it has seemed extra hot this past week?
I feel that there has been too much going on to just write about anything specific here’s more of an overview of everything that has happened in the first week of college.
For freshmen, there was orientation to start off everything. While everyone I talked to seemed to enjoy themselves for the most part, there was a unanimous conclusion that there needed to be more free time and less scheduling.
We’re not in high school anymore, that much structure was not necessary. And then the time had arrived: it was the first day of classes. It was a big mix of students meeting up with their friends, figuring out where their classes were and trying to memorize their schedules.
By the second day, it seemed that things had calmed down a little. The way people were dressed had already started to change slightly.
People were starting to adjust to the college lifestyle. The third day of classes seemed to be a much more laid back pace. People were getting through their classes knowing the weekend was near.
I was excited knowing that I was staying on campus this weekend. I knew that LaborStay was going on and was looking forward to spending the weekend with new friends on campus.
It seemed that despite the school’s best efforts to keep students on campus, most of them took advantage of the long weekend and went home.
Walking around campus was like walking around a ghost town. One plus side of this was that the gym was emptier, but I hadn’t expected so many people to leave.
All in all, this first week of school has been exciting, overwhelming at times, but definitely made me excited for the rest of the semester.
And knowing that there are so many other people in my position lets me know that I can make this work, just as everybody else will. But for now, I can’t wait to get into my classes and see all that Towson has to offer.