Blue background with a car on a road heading to school.

Commuting to Class

By Emily Garza
Web Content Contributor

This is currently my second semester attending Texas State University, so that technically makes me a freshman. I don’t live on campus and I don’t live in the city of San Marcos, TX, something that isn’t typical of most freshman. I actually still live at home with my parents, 40 minutes away from campus.

Is 40 minutes a long time to drive? Yes, it is, but I do it every weekday, Friday included. Does it get tiring? Yes! I have to wake up at about six in the morning each day! It is not a situation I prefer to be in, but I do it.

You may be asking, “Why don’t you just live on campus?” Free college tuition, that’s why. Well, technically, I still have to pay for my college tuition, but not out of my pocket. My parents basically had me make a deal where if I still live at home, my parents will take care of my tuition. It’s an amazing deal! Who would pass that up? No one.

When having to finally live the deal I made, I did not know how much anxiety it would give me. I recently learned I’m a morning person, so I don’t have a lot of trouble waking up early and I prefer waking up early. However, having to wake up at least at 5:30 a.m. to make sure I am ready by 6:30 a.m. to leave my house can be a nightmare sometimes. It is an early time to wake up for an 8 a.m. class, but I do it.

The reason why I wake up and leave my house so early for an 8 a.m. class is because I know that there will be traffic on my commute that can delay my time arrival to campus. Also, with having commuter parking that does not accommodate to students on a campus that sits on a hill, I need some time to walk to class and climb up a hill to get to class. Not to mention, I need time before my class starts to catch my breath, so no one knows I am dying after walking up a hill. All of this combined gives me much more anxiety about arriving late to class.

Map of the commuter parking lots at Texas State University.
Purple color-coded parking lots for commuter students at Texas State University. Screenshot via Texas State University Parking Services by Emily Garza.

When I am done with my classes and know I can go home, I have to walk back to my car. It is probably one of the most exhausting things I have to do for the day. It’s not because I have to walk a lot, I am just too lazy to walk back. It’s the end of my day, and I just want to go home. Most of the time, I just settle to wait for a shuttle bus that has a stop near my car and walk rest of the way to my car. The days I don’t feel like waiting for a bus, I just walk to my car.

It sucks having to drive and walk so much to attend my classes, but at least I’m getting a good leg work out each day.

Featured image by Emily Garza.

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