I don’t know if I have the grounds to say that I really commute to school, as it only takes me about 30 minutes from door to door, but it’s certainly put a spin on my new school year. Some DePaul students spend an hour or two one way every day, so I can’t complain.
Even so, spending 30 minutes traveling is new for me because last year all I had to do was walk out my door and be in McGowan South (the science building) in three minutes. In short, I’ve loved the commute.
My mornings go as such: I wake up in a fury, probably after sleeping through about three alarms, and I turn the coffee machine before hopping in the shower. The first few weeks of school I was good about packing a lunch, but now I generally just pack any snacks that I can throw in my bag quickly. It takes me about 6 minutes to walk to the Sheridan red line station from my apartment, and because I leave in the morning during rush hour, I almost never have to wait more than 5 minutes for the train on my way to school. It’s more like 2 or three minutes. It takes about 10 minutes on the red line to get from Sheridan to Fullerton, and voila, I’m at school.
What I enjoy the most about my commute is that I have time to enter and leave every day with a little time to myself to just think about the day or let my mind wander. Sometimes I read or look over class notes on the train, and sometimes I stare blankly into space for 15 minutes. I guess it just depends on the day.
I thought it was going to be harder to get used to the extra travel time in the morning and at night, but it’s been great so far. We’ll see if I’m singing the same tune in the winter.