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In August, I was supposed to move into my college dorm in Rhode Island. The car was loaded with bedding, decorations, and clothing, ready to depart for my next chapter. However, I couldn’t get into the car. Ultimately, I decided to commute to college instead. If you are anything like me, you may want to consider commuting too. Here are the warning signs:


Warning sign #1: People tell you not to go.


Everyone close to me said they knew all along I wouldn’t end up going to school in Rhode Island. My parents tried to convince me to stay local, but I was stubborn about leaving my comfort zone.


Warning sign #2: You aren’t excited.


I was not the least bit excited about going to college. Even though I am a social person, the thought of having to meet all new people in a new environment made me queasy. Nothing got me excited to go.


Warning sign #3: Hating orientation.


While I was at the school for orientation I cried most of the time and disliked it. I met people and tried to enjoy myself, but for some reason I couldn’t.


Warning sign #4 (the most important one): You feel sick over college.


I was physically sick over leaving for school. I started crying two days before I was supposed to leave and did not stop until the morning my parents told me I did not have to go. I could not eat or sleep because of it.


Don’t get me wrong – I liked the school in Rhode Island, but it wasn’t for me. I was forcing myself to go because I thought that was just what college kids did. That is not the case. Even though I am not living on campus, I am still a college student.
Now, I am a full-time commuter at Quinnipiac University. I am studying Journalism and currently taking 19 credits. I could not be happier with my decision.


If you think you may want to commute to college, do not be alarmed. You are not alone. I made my decision the day I was supposed to be leaving! I promise you everything will work out. The most important thing is to be happy.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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