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Successful Commuter

Welcome Commuter Freshmen to Fayetteville State University!!!!

student reading a book, flipping pagesAs a commuter it is easy to fall into the trap of traveling to class and then returning home with little time spent on campus interacting with others. In order to get a fulfilling, well-rounded, and positive experience, you need to spend time on campus. Consider getting involved with student activities and organizations. Since commuter students are not bound to the campus they can miss what is happening there. To learn more about campus activities, try to study either in the student center or the library, but don't study in your car. Try to remain on campus and have lunch in the cafeteria, in the commuter lounge, or another open area. Make a point to pick up the student newspaper on a regular basis, and read the bulletin boards to stay in touch.

Here is a quick list of things to remember in order to be a successful commuter:

  1. GET INVOLVED.
  2. STAY INFORMED (READ THE BULLETIN BOARDS, THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER, AND YOUR MAIL FROM YOUR COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY, ETC.)
  3. FIND OUT WHERE TO STUDY AND EAT ON CAMPUS.
  4. IF YOU FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT AN ISSUE OR ORGANIZATION, THEN GET INVOLVED IN IT.
  5. BE AWARE OF THE SUPPORT SERVICES AVAILABLE TO YOU SO YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE CAN BE A POSITIVE ONE.
  6. BE A COMMUTER ADVOCATE. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD. IF YOU FIND THAT INFORMATION IS NOT BEING DISSEMINATED ON A TIMELY BASIS, GIVE SOME FEEDBACK TO THE PEOPLE DOING THE PLANNING. OFTEN THE STUDENTS WHO ARE MOST INVOLVED WITH CAMPUS EVENTS LIVE ON CAMPUS AND DO NOT CONSIDER THE TIME RESTRICTIONS THAT A COMMUTER IS UNDER. MANY TIMES THERE ARE EVENTS PLANNED IN THE RESIDENCE HALLS OR LATE IN THE EVENINGS IN WHICH YOU MAY HAVE AN INTEREST. LET SPONSORING GROUPS KNOW YOUR CONCERNS. THE ONLY WAY CAMPUS EVENTS WILL CHANGE TO MEET YOUR NEEDS IS IF YOU TELL THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SCHEDULING WHAT YOUR NEEDS ARE.

Whether you live at home with your parents, on your own, or with your spouse, your college experience will be as rewarding as you make it. As a commuter student, you will have many choices to make and the additional task of balancing family, work, and school in order to achieve your goal of graduation.

The Successful Commuter: a guide for college bound students. Jakoby, Heidi P. p. 16. OFF TO COLLEGE. GUIDANCE RESEARCH GROUP. COPYRIGHT 1997 edition.

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