Daily Commuter: Youngest kid on campus
We survived the first month of school! I consider that an accomplishment in itself. It’s definitely been an interesting first month to say the least. I’m finally memorizing the shortcuts around campus and the spots with the strongest Wi-Fi connection. But this year has been a little extra special for me.
Previous to starting at Towson, I had been homeschooled for both middle and high school.
This allowed me to “graduate” early. So for the first month of school, I was 16 years old. I just turned 17 in the last week of September.
I’ve actually had some fun with people not knowing my age. It’s rather entertaining having them guess how old I am and seeing the expression of shock on their faces when they learn the truth. While I’ve told some people, not everyone knows. In fact, most of my professors are unaware of this.
I like it that way, though, as it allows me to go about my work without feeling that I have any advantages or disadvantages based on my age.
There are the obvious benefits of being in college a year early, but there are definitely some drawbacks, too.
One that might not seem so obvious is the Maryland driving curfew.
Being a commuter, I’m obviously driving to and from campus, but there may be nights that I decide to stay late.
However, that’s not really an option unless I want to risk getting a ticket because I can’t legally drive between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m.
Another disadvantage is not being able to do every off-campus activity that my legal friends can.
It’s also difficult being in a college a year ahead of my friends that are still in high school. We have such conflicting schedules and that makes it hard to spend much time together.
All in all though, I really can’t complain about being in college a year early.
It’s been a great experience so far and I’m really looking forward to all that’s in store for the next four years.
From what I keep hearing, they’re going to be the best four years of my life.