Tips For Commuters
This is my fourth year of commuting to and from Glendon. How long this takes depends on the circumstances of the day. By bus during rush hour, my commute can easily take an hour and a half. On a good day, and with the help of my lovely father to drop me off at school, I usually get there in 20 to 30 minutes.
Being a commuter doesn't take away from your university experience. It just takes a bit more effort compared to living on campus. However many Glendon students are commuters, so many of us are in the same boat. Here are some things that I've learned along the way to make my commute as smooth as possible:
1. Keep in mind how long your commute will take when making your class schedule
To get a rough estimate of how long your commute might take, you can plug in your address on Google Maps. This allows you to get a time estimate whether you're driving, using transit, walking, or cycling. With that in mind, be realistic when making your schedule. Maybe you don't want to take too many 9:00 am classes, considering rush hour and, besides, who likes getting up early?
2. The RocketMan App is your best friend
If you're taking the TTC, download RocketMan on your phone right now! I can't tell you how many times I've avoided standing in the cold waiting for the bus for 20 minutes thanks to this app. It comes in handy especially during busy mornings so I know exactly what time to leave my house without frantically huffing and puffing while running for the bus. RocketMan also shows you where the nearest bus stops are located.
3. Eat breakfast or at least bring a snack
Picture this: you're on a crowded bus at 8:00 am, there's traffic, and you probably won't get to school for another hour. A grumbling stomach added to this equation equals commuter disaster! No matter how crunched you are for time, always prioritize the most important meal of the day.
4. The most important rule of all: Pee before you leave the house
A grumbling stomach plus a bladder waiting to be emptied equals a double commuter disaster.
5. Music, podcasts, and books
My commute isn't complete without listening to Stromae and pretending that I understand French. I don't personally listen to podcasts but many people do, so do whatever works for you! I also like to catch up on readings during my commutes, but if you're prone to motion sickness, it's probably wise to avoid.
6. Take care of your metropass like it's your child
The thing costs $116.75 and the driver doesn't even drop you off at your house, tuck you in and read you a bedtime story. Trust me, I've lost mine twice after taking a mortgage out for these things. You think it won't happen to you but it will. I hole-punched the corner of my pass and put it in a lanyard after learning the hard way.
And there you have it, friends. Rush hour and traffic ain't got nothing on you!