Finding The Perfect Commuter Attire – Floridian Edition

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If you have ever attended college in Florida, you know how hot it can get during the Summer/Fall semesters. This post is dedicated to those commuters who spend a good amount of time driving to school and attending classes in these extremely warm days.

So yes, you think about trading your heavy sweaters and long pants for shorts and short sleeves, but if you are a college student in Florida, you know just how cold in can get in some of these classes. So how do you find an outfit to balance the heat from outside and the cold in classroom buildings?

Here are some examples:

1. Long sleeves and shorts/Capri Pants.

With this outfit you can have a balance between being hot and cold without unnecessary layers on a moderately warm day. Keep in mind to wear cotton (t-shirt style) long sleeves, and not any other fabrics that could make it unbearable to walk outside.

Girl style

Guy style

2. Jeans/Leggings and short sleeves with Light Hoodie.

During classes like these, hoodies are your best friend. If you get cold, you can throw it on, if you get hot, just put it in your car or backpack. also, jeans don’t keep you too warm and the short sleeves are great with everything.

Girl style

Guy style

3. Sandals/ Sneakers/Boat shoes.

Sandals are your best bet if you have to walk in the heat from class to class, but sneakers are best if you have to walk far between buildings or if it rains. Also, if your outfit seems a little more on the formal side, you can wear boat shoes.

Boat shoes, Sandals, Sneakers

4. Accessories.

Sunglasses – I have gotten into the habit of keeping a pair of sunglasses in the car so that I don’t forget them in the house. Sunglasses are a must in Florida since the bright sunlight can be blinding at times (specially with driving).

Hats – I also tend to take a baseball cap for when I attend outside activities. Again, sun protection is a must!

Got any more ideas for commuter outfits? Comment below.

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Building A Commuter’s Schedule

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Registration for the Fall semester is just a few days away! For many, this time could be exciting, yet frustrating at times.

As a commuter, planning for the next semester consists of a careful examination of class days, times, and of course, planning by class priority. So today I will share with you the best strategies to save you hours of frustration when planning your schedule:

1. Meet with your college Advisor.

It is always important to meet with advisors at least once a semester to make sure you know where you are standing in your college career. This is a habit that one must get used to as it will save you from failing to register for classes that are required to graduate.

2. Look at your registration schedule.

This is extremely important as you need to make sure you have access to the schedule right as your registration window opens. Remember that timing matters and that there are hundreds of students that could be trying to get into the same classes as you.

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Tip: If you haven’t yet, take a moment to write down the date and time in which you are allowed to register for classes.

3. Plan a sample schedule before registration day.

I cannot tell you how much time and energy this saves me. Try to sit down a few days prior to registration and think about what days and times work best for you to attend classes. Then write down the classes you need and the best days and times to take them.

Tip: If your commutes are long like mine, try to take 2-3 classes in a day to save you from driving/riding to school multiple times each week.

Try this.

4. Set an alarm for registration time.

Make sure that when your registration window opens, you’ll be one of the first students to claim a seat in the classes you need. Keep in mind that there might be other students (like graduate students, veterans, and seniors), who have the ability to register before you do.

Ready. Set. Register!

Commuter Expenses That Nobody Talks About

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As a commuter student there are certain expenses that one has to plan for. Yes, you might be saving on money by living at home with your parents or rooming with a couple of friends, but the price of commuting can also come to a high cost.

Commuter list of expenses:

1. Gas.

Yep, that’s the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks about commuting to school. In my case, commuting to school for 3o min to an hour (depending on which campus I have classes on) can be a real gas guzzler.

Tip: try to monitor the latest gas prices and see which gas stations around your are have the cheapest gas. It always helps to turn to Apps to help monitor prices from your mobile device!

2. Food.

If you have almost an entire day of classes it can be tough to pack real meals that you can keep fresh, so I am forced to buy meals at least two times a week. This can add up if you included your food expenses of the weekend.

3. Tolls.

When you drive an hour to go to school, you find ways to shorten your trip. This is why I take florida’s Turnpike on a daily basis. Although this is a great way to bring your commute time to a minimum, but it adds up at the end of the day.

Tip: invest on a SunPass for time efficiency.

4. Car Care.

If you commute as much as me, your car tires get worn out pretty fast, the is one of the big expenses that I wish I could cut off from the list. but remember, safety first!

Living in A Commuter’s Culture

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So what exactly is a commuter? What is it that sets us apart?

To me, the long drives and school days, the constant struggle to arrange your schedule (for school and work) the right way and the art of arranging meetings with the school’s faculty on non-work or school hours sums it all up.

Yes, being a commuter is tough, but I believe every drive is worth it when it comes to getting a degree. So when your busy days are dragging you down think of this:

  • Its gonna get better – sometimes it feels like a never ending cycle, and you will get irritated about having to wait four years to graduate, but just keep in mind that if you follow your four year plan, this too shall pass.
  • You will gain so much from this – yes, being a college student is stressful, specially when you juggle school and work activities, but you will walk out of college with some real-life experience that will help you in the future. Look at those time management skills!
  • This is just the beginning – Remember: all those things that you did for your degree will reward you in the end. You now have the ability to find a job in the professional world and show off the skills you learned in classes and internships.

Don’t forget that even though it’s hard, you need to trust yourself and trust the process. You can do it!

Coping With Stress, Commuter Style.

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Yes, we have a month left of school. This is the time when term papers are due, group projects come to an end, and final exams peek from right around the corner. This is why it is only natural that students such as you and me feel anxious and stressed.

Adding on to the list, we have to deal with the long commutes to school… So here are some of the best stress relievers I have found to work as a full time commuter student:

1. Get a good night’s sleep.

It is extremely necessary to be well rested to feel good. If you have slept less than the recommended amount of hours each night (at least 7 to 8 hours) you will feel exhausted and grumpy for the rest of the day.

2. Keep your car clean and organized.

Since you are spending a lot of time in your car it is essential that you keep this space looking clean and clear of unnecessary stuff. This does not necessary mean you have to clean your car every week, instead, try to take down all the trash in your car as you arrive home every day.

3. Aroma therapy, anyone?

I personally find it calming to have some sort of sweet aroma in the car. I usually get something with a light, yet strong enough scent that will last in the car for at least a month.

What I’m using: Bath & Body Works’ Scentportables

4. Water and Snacks.

Living in Florida I know that a bottle of water is a commuter must. Drinking water will help you  eliminate your chances of getting headaches due to dehydration and eliminates fatigue.

I also found these surprising effects of water

Snacks, on the other hand will prevent you from being hungry and un-energyzed for the day. C’mon, you are a commuter and you need your energy!

5. Meditate.

Leave some room for “me time” before going to bed each night, this mens taking about 20 minutes to disconnect from your phone, tablet, laptop, and TV to focus on you. When you meditate you can let your mind rest at ease and let go of all the stressful things you encountered throughout the day.

Tips for meditation

Happy Commutes To You

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Have you thought about carpooling? If the answer is no, you may want to reconsider. It doesn’t matter if you drive, take the bus or train to school, exchanging conversation with others will make our commutes more bearable according to science.

I recently came across an article by City News Toronto that confirms chatting with others may turn our frown upside down when commuting.

Even though this article goes mostly toward train and bus commuters who encounter a number of strangers in their weekly commutes, as a driving commuter, I have had the chance to test the commuter chatting experience myself.

So what were the outcomes?

1. You feel more relaxed.

Talking to someone during your drive or ride to work or school can help you feel as though time is going by faster.

2. You learn.

Wether you are talking to a friend or a stranger it is always healthy to talk to people. Not only do  you get to know more about the, but learn new things from them that could help you in your commuter situation since they are in the same situation as you.

3. You create or nurture friendships.

Starting conversations with people you don’t know will help you meet others and understand them better. This is a great advantage in an environment in which we are always on the go and unable to have a good long talk with friends.

So even if you already have a commuting buddy or drive to school there are always opportunities for you too meet new people or include your friends into your commute to help your relationships and your commuter anxiety.

Working Around A Commuter’s Schedule (Literally)

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Many of us college students these days hold a part-time or full-time job while going to school. Sometimes when you are a commuter just like me, you get need to choose a good schedule to go along with your school routine so that you don’t only have time to attend class, but to study and do your homework. (The main reason why you have a job is to get yourself through college). So here are some ideas on how to work around your schedule and have the best of both worlds.

– Work less during regular class weeks, and request more days during long holidays like during Christmas and Summer breaks. Right now you need to aim a little less for the money and a little more for that “A.”

– If you don’t work in an office environment, try to aim for a weekend schedule, even if it sometimes means sacrificing partying  a little bit, this is only temporary.

– Try to pick several classes in one two or three days, leaving room for work schedules for the rest of the week. For example, this semester I take classes only Monday through Wednesday.

– Always plan ahead and invest on a planner so that you don’t miss any meetings or appointments for school or work, especially if it takes you a long drive to get there.

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