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Commuters adjust

January 28, 2011


While Monmouth is known for being a residential college, it is also home to a number of commuter students.

Although commuter student have many things in common with residential student there are also some differences, says senior Jessica Ferguson.

“Being a commuter student is just like being a resident student,” said Ferguson. “I go to my classes and do my work just the same. Whether you live on campus or off campus, your role as a student is just the same. It is the life outside of class that really changes with commuting.”

Ferguson also believes there are benefits to being a commuter student.

“Commuting is beneficial to me because it allows me the educational experience of classes without the campus life that usually comes with it,” said Ferguson. “Throughout all of my years at MC, I have worked anywhere between 24-36 hours a week, and it is helpful in this aspect that I can come home to a quiet house, rather than going back to a noisy dorm.”

However, there are changes in a person’s lifestyle once they become a commuter student, and some of them can be considered disadvantages.

“I try to avoid scheduling long breaks between my classes, but sometimes a two or three hour gap is inevitable,” said Ferguson. “While we do have a commuter lounge, sometimes I wish I had a room I could go to between classes to relax or work on homework.”

Another big adjustment is the issue of parking.

“As students who drive to and from school every day, it would be helpful to have designated parking places for the commuter students,” said Ferguson. “Buying a permit isn’t worth it to me when the spots that are usually available aren’t very close to the academic buildings.”

As for recommending the option of being a commuter student to prospectives and other students on campus, Ferguson says that it really depends on the situation.

“I can’t say for everyone whether or not commuting would be appropriate,” said Ferguson. “For me it works best due to my work schedule.”

Commuter students are those who live off campus for many different reasons that include, but are not limited to, living within driving distance to the college, health concerns, being over 23 years of age, and being married.

In order to become a commuter student, students must fill out a Request for Commuter Status Designation form from the Residence Life office.

Contributing Writer

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