As 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:
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.