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How can I get the full college experience as a commuter?

I’m a commuter at my school, which has only a small percentage of commuters, I am trying to get involved, but everything be at night and I hate driving at night, so is there a way for a commuter to get the full college experience? #commuter

Thank you comment icon I was a commuter student living (at the time) 15 miles away from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. I lived at home to save money for me and my parents. Although I did not live on campus, I went to USC Trojan Football games home & away, USC Basketball games, on campus concerts, FRAT parties, etc. to try to be a part of the campus environment. To this day, I wish I was not a commuter student. I don’t have many regrets in life....but I do regret that I did not get the entire college experience by living on or near campus. I have two kids who went to Arizona State University. They lived on campus Freshman year...and then a block away from campus the remaining three years. . And, they loved it. The full college experience does involve living near campus. Roger Hancock

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Monica’s Answer

You can still be a commuter and still get the full college experience! I am a rising senior and I have been commuting since my first semester freshman year. I have been involved in clubs and I now hold leadership positions in those clubs. Not all clubs meet at night. The school you are looking into might have an office that can have resources to help learn about the ways you can get involved at this campus. I also recommend having a mix of commuter and non-commuter friends. Once the pandemic ends, you can sleep over on campus with your friends (depending on your school's overnight parking policy and guest policy). Commuters can use cash/card or buy meal plans specifically for commuter students to buy food on campus. I personally chose to commute because I did not want to live on campus (my commuter is 30 mins/12 miles).
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Brandon’s Answer

Joining extra curricular activities and clubs is a good start. Going to event and meeting new people can always help you gain new experiences. Nowadays, many groups have online chat groups on Discord and other apps. Using these online services can help you find out new experiences that you can have to heighten your college experience.
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Jasmine’s Answer

I would say getting involved in student rec activities, attending any day time events, going to sporting events or joining a social club/organizations. Your school may have a director of student body affairs and you can reach out to them to find out about what available on your campus or create a club for commuter students if one doesn’t already exist.


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