How to Make the Most of Your Commute to Campus

Think that getting to and from college is just dead time? Think again! Even though you're in transit, you don't have to let it be a waste of time and energy. Check out these simple ways to make the most of your commutes.

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By Laura Allan

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Learn a New Language

There are numerous ways to learn a new language nowadays. A few of those ways involve listening to audio lessons. On your way to and from school you can start one of these lessons, and over the course of a single semester you can learn to speak in a brand-new tongue. Many of these programs ask you to say things out loud, so if you're on a bus for commute you might get a few funny looks. If you don't want to learn a normal new language, there are even audio courses in Elvish or Klingon. 'Qapla!'

Brush Up On Your Classics

Reading for pleasure is quickly becoming a lost art. Don't let that happen to you. Take the time you have on the bus to pick up a new book. It can be something as classic as Lord of the Flies, or it could even be the newest Anne Rice novel. It doesn't matter, as long as you get reading. If you drive yourself to and from campus, fear not; you can still get your reading in. Just pick up an audio book version of whatever holds your interest. If you pick the right book, before you know it you'll be looking forward to that commute so you can learn how it all turns out.

Study For Class

Maybe you need to better prepare for a course or get ahead on some of the lessons. There are some audio lectures you can get that will refresh you on concepts you might be learning about in school. You can take it a step further and record an audio version of your notes yourself to play back on the way there. You can even do it the old-fashioned way if you're taking the bus and just crack a textbook during the trip.

Clear Your Mind

Nowadays, there are all sorts of ways to pump yourself up or calm yourself down for a busy day ahead. You can even do it in your own car or on the bus. Get a self-help audio lesson if you need to change something that's bothering you about yourself, or get a meditation track of calming music and words. If you feel like you really need a pep talk, there are some places that sell motivational tracks that will make you feel like you can do just about anything. If none of those things work for you, make yourself a playlist of music that makes you feel good, even if that music is death metal.

Make New Friends

You're probably not the only one who needs to get to campus, so ask around your classes to see if anyone needs to carpool. You can make a great amount of new and fun friends just by offering to help them out. You'll also be helping the environment and saving money on gas if you get them to chip in. If you're on the bus, try talking to other students or regulars you see there. Even bus drivers sometimes get bored and enjoy a little conversation. Just remember to stay behind that yellow line!

Enjoy Breakfast

You shouldn't be skipping meals in college, and you especially shouldn't skip the first one of the day. Sometimes the morning gets busy, though, so eating on the go might be the only option. Invest in boxes of breakfast bars that you can take with you, or make a breakfast sandwich you can munch on while on the bus. You can't always do this very well if you're driving, but even a yogurt drink or a smoothie is something. If you intend to eat while you drive, just make sure it's not anything that will distract you from the road.

Want to study even better? Make sure your notes are up to par with these college note-taking tips!

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