Being a commuter is great! Home-cooked meals every night, still being annoyed by your parents, being free to take off your pants as soon as you walk in the door without any hesitation of who might be in your room; it’s a grand time! Minus the 30 minute drive to and from school… without traffic. Most people do not understand the struggles of a commuter who is also in greek. While most of my sisters can go take a nap in their bed in-between classes, I have to resort to constantly having a pillow and blanket in my car for those long breaks where all you want to do is go home, but you know that if you go home you probably are not coming back. Every Monday night meeting I have to carry my clothes and makeup with me, and hastily change and put my makeup on in a school bathroom. I don’t have the luxury of having time to do these things at home.
I live out of my car. I don’t say that as a joke. My car is a mess, and my trunk is a closet because of cases of spontaneous sorority events or fraternity parties. Because of my school and work and sorority schedule, I don’t see my parents- AND I LIVE WITH THEM! I am only home on average the 7 hours I get to sleep. That’s not including the times I am in shows; being a drama major also has its ups and downs with my schedule by throwing in late rehearsals and performances.
Some of my sisters understand, having had to commute at some point in their college career, but I’ll still get the occasional, “How come you don’t come out that often?” or, “Why weren’t you at sorority event?”.
To be quite honest, the perk of being a commuter is getting to spend more time with my family than living on campus, and most times I would rather sit on the couch with my mom, or actually get more than 7 hours of sleep than going out. Most of the time I won’t even be notified about a party until it’s an hour before, and I’m already home and in my PJ’s and don’t want to take an hour to get ready then another half-hour to drive to school.
So, be kind to your sisters who commute! Sure, they get some perks, but chances are they are running on very low energy and have a very tight schedule as it is.