Commuting: It's a Love/Hate Relationship

Blenda Luong on Monday, 07 December 2009. Posted in Residence Life, Student Life


In my three years here at RIT, I’ve had all sorts of living styles. I’ve lived in the dorms, lived off campus at the Park Point apartments, and this year I have decided to try the commuter thing. I have been really happy since deciding to live at home. I get home cooked meals, no roommate problems, a lot of space to work on projects, clean bathrooms, and clean clothes. I also get to hang out with my family and doggies all the time. Not to mention the thousands of dollars I’m saving living at home. The commute isn’t bad at all, on a good day I can make it to campus in 25 minutes, but during the mornings it takes me about 35-45 minutes. I always seem to get stuck behind a really slow old person, construction, or I get a red light at every one of the 19 lights I pass. This is not good because I tend to wake up late, which living semi far away makes me even later.

Let me just tell you that I was not happy when I woke up last Tuesday to be surprised by 3 inches of snow I had to clear off my car, which made me even later that day. I am not prepared to wake up 2 hours earlier than my 9am class to get ready for my journey to class. I love snow but this winter I don’t know if I’m ready to scrap ice off my windows and waiting to defrost my car for 30 minutes every morning. Other cons to commuting is that I’m not being eco friendly at all, I have to fill my gas about once every 4-5 days and I waste a lot of time driving back and forth. Also, I sometimes feel disconnected with friends because if I am home after class or on the weekends my motivation to drive all the way back to school just to go out for dinner is very low. But overall I am happy with the decision that I made. I love my family and now I get to spend a lot of time with them, this way when I decide to move to California and never come back when I graduate I won’t feel so bad…(just kidding!)

In later posts I’ll do pros and cons about dorm life, apartment life, and commuting life. For now enjoy the pictures I took on my phone of my fun and sometimes aggravating journeys to school. Oh and one picture of my brother making me a frozen hot chocolate. 


construction.jpgTypical construction on Jefferson that adds 10-20 mins to my drive.














cars_tow.jpgAccidents Happen. I'm glad all the passangers were safe but on this day it added about 15 mins.







birds_pooping.jpgThis really creeps me out! Every evening I drive home I see these birds swarming everywhere! I swear there is probably over 1,000 birds on those lines. Another 500 flying above my car and using my car as a toliet. While waiting at the light this added 5 mins to my drive and a trip to the car wash.





blue_house.jpg Being an art student I like to appreciate colors and nature especially while waiting at my 4th red light of the day. The picture doesn't do this justice, but the orange leaves and the blue house were really pretty complimenting each other. Yeah I'm a nerd.




driving_leaf.jpg Leaf fell on my car while still waiting at 4th red light.








 jessesmoothie.jpgRandom picture of my brother making me a smoothie. Tasted like a delicious frozen hot chocolate! (Perks of being home!)

That's all from me for now! Enjoy.