Commuting vs. Living On Campus

Fun fact of the day: Saint Xavier University has more commuter students than people who live on campus.

And by more, I mean A LOT more. The ratio between these two types of people on campus is probably around 70-80 % commuter and 20-30% resident. Which is an extremely big difference for any university, private or public.

Whether this piece of information is a good or bad thing, I can’t tell ya. But what I can say is that I think there are a good amount of pros and cons with being a commuter. I myself commuted for my first two years at SXU before becoming an RA this year and living in Regina Hall. Which is why I wanted to do a blog on commuting! Whether you are a prospective student looking into Saint Xavier for college, or are already taking classes here….this blog is for you. I’m going to tell you about the good, the bad, and the ugly (and boy, there is some ugly) of being a commuter student at Saint Xavier University.

 

Because I am feeling really positive today, let’s start with the good:

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It saves money.

Living off campus while attending this university saves you about $10,000 a year. That extra ten grand you will be saving can help you pay off some of the student loans you’ll be taking out for tuition costs.

No homesickness.

No explanation needed!

The food is wayyyyyy better.

I’m not going to get into my annoyance with the food service here on campus because that will take up too much precious space in my blog. But let me just say that home cooked meals > diner food. ALWAYS.

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Less distractions.

Studying is easier to do away from school, there is more peace and quiet, and you can focus in on the things that are most important without getting sidetracked. If you have a short attention span, commuting is your best bet.

 

And now onto the bad and the ugly:

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Parking sucks.

Parking is truly ugly here at SXU. I’ve heard horror stories of people having to drive around for thirty minutes for a spot. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Living on campus means that you literally have a two minute walk from your “house” to your classroom. A pretty sweet deal if you ask me.

Less freedom.

This specifically deals with people who commute from home. Since you will still be living with your parents, a lot of their rules will still apply to you. Curfew still needs to to be followed. Chores need to be done. Your parents can pressure you into telling them your grades. Living on campus eliminates all of that. But you should probably still clean your room and get good grades…..

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Gas Prices and Public Transportation.

Driving every day will be pretty costly. Unless your parents rock and pay for your gas! Which they probably won’t. Plus, public transportation becomes a pain in the butt once the first snow hits.

Not getting the full college experience.

I experienced this first hand for two years. As involved as I could be while commuting, I couldn’t do as much as I wanted to without living on campus. It’s so easy to go home right after class instead of staying after and participating in different clubs and organizations. And it’s hard to see all of your resident friends hanging out and having fun without you when you have to go home.

 

All in all, choosing to either commute or live on campus is your choice! There are some good and bad things about each choice, but I always prefer to look on the bright side about things. Both commuting AND residing on campus gives SXU students the best education possible…because let’s be honest here, it’s the grades that count. Right?

Until next time!

Psshh… Who Needs High School?

YOU DO!

High School is in fact one of the coolest things that you will experience in life. The neat thing about this cool opportunity is that you HAVE to go. Well, you have to go if you want to get anywhere in life. There are countless amounts of activities, sports, clubs, and friend groups to be a part of. You will meet some of the best and some of the worst people in your life while you are in High School. Soooooo why is doing good in High School so important? (this is a lengthy post so bear with me!)

Laugh a Little- it's okay!

Laugh a Little- it’s okay!

  • College- We all watch those Big Ten schools compete in games, we wear their logos with pride, and we fight with our friends about which school is better. Why can’t you be a part of that? Maybe a Big Ten school isn’t for you, maybe Saint Xavier is! No matter where you go, there is going to be a minimum requirement. Try applying to Saint Xavier, see if you make the cut!
  • Scholarships- There are scholarships that you can receive for just about anything! Apply, Apply, Apply! If you don’t get one, try another! Saint Xavier gives out millions of dollars in scholarships every year. They base one of the scholarships on your GPA (grade point average) and your ACT score, the higher they are, the less you pay for college!
  • Moving on in Your Future and Career- Where do you see yourself in 10 years? A nurse, teacher, counselor, police officer, speech pathologist, insurance agent, doctor etc.? College is the way to achieve these goals. Try taking a look at our undergraduate programs! After you graduate with your undergrad degree, you can go on to achieve a graduate degree.
  • Graduation- Why graduate in the low 30% of your class when you can strive to be in the top 15%! The more you can add to your resume, the better you look! The higher you keep your grades, the less stress you will have on your shoulders when it comes to applying to college.

Everyone complains about High School. Why would you want to go on to more schooling, if you don’t even enjoy the schooling that you’re in now?

  • Repetitive Schedules, mandatory class, and classes are not interesting

IN COLLEGE you can make your own schedule from under 12 credit hours (part-time student) to over 12 credit hours (full-time student). You can choose what section of the class you want to take and what time works best for you. It is your responsibility to make it to class so that you do not miss any lectures.

  • You get your cell phone taken from you when you use it in class

IN COLLEGE you can bring you beloved cell phones to class so you can learn and talk to your boyfriend/girlfriend at the same time (I know you all can’t go a full hour without knowing what the other is doing). You can even bring your laptops, iPad, tablets etc. You can download the notes, type the notes, and share them all within the same hour. On most cell phones (smart phones) you can download apps that actually help you in class such as a graphing calculator, dictionary, chemistry formulas, and anatomy diagrams. You can even send your assignments to the printers here from your laptop or mobile device!

  • Chewing gum gets you 5 detentions

IN COLLEGE YOU CAN EAT IN CLASS, respectfully of course! You can bring water bottles, soda, energy drinks, lunch, breakfast, and countless amount of other things to get you through the day. There are many places on campus that you can buy food and drinks from. Aside from our main cafeteria here at Saint Xavier, there is also an on campus Starbucks and Subway!

  • Having trouble and you can’t seem to get your teacher to help you in the right way

IN COLLEGE you can get all the help you need, for FREE! We have tutors, students who have already taken the course, a fully stocked library, full computer labs for each individual major, and all of the teachers have mandatory office hours. During these office hours, you can meet with your professors and get the help you need!

 

My roommates are going to kill me for posting this picture! I am so lucky to have met these awesome people

My roommates are going to kill me for posting this picture! I am so lucky to have met these awesome people

In High School I was part of the cool crowd, the nerds, and the jocks. I was also part of the Science Club, Environmental Club, Special Education Adaptive PE Program, Pep Club, and Student Ambassadors. I knew everyone and just about everything that went on in my school. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without my High School experience. When I graduated from Lincoln-Way I thought it couldn’t get any better than that… then I got here. The people I have met, the classes I have taken, and the teachers/faculty/staff that have helped me along the way is outstanding. At this point in my life, again, I draw the question as to if it can get better than this!