For the class of 2015, it’s senior year! And if you are a commuter, you just might be freaking out.
Being a commuter has its challenges, especially when most of your responsibilities outside of attending classes are all located off-campus. Some non-resident students have mastered the art of balancing school, work, and a social life, which means keeping up with all of those friends you made over the past three years.
On the flip side of things, some of us commuter students couldn’t even tell you in which building the dining hall is located. We tried running around with our cliques and crowds our first year of commuting, sadly trying to find a time for everyone to catch up with each other in The Chat. Now, our small talk conversations have transformed into head nods and glances from way across Haber Green when we notice each other.
You might even have tried the party scene, where you get strange calls at 11:00 p.m. after you have already settled into bed, inviting you to the Oak or Towers. You have that angry debate with yourself about whether or not you really want to go. You decide that if you don’t go, your good friends Sarah and Mike will hate you and you drag yourself out of bed, make your way over, and then put smiles on a tired face, pretending to sip the beer that was thrown at you in excitement because you have work in the morning.
After a while, it becomes easy for us to turn our friends down when they extend an invitation. The hard part is trying to reclaim your social life after your friends have already given up on you.
Now is the time to do it. We have to stand up for our last year, no matter how many things are on our agenda. Here are three quick tips to get you back in the groove of things.
Tip 1: Call In The Big Guns. The most popular and quickest way to catch up with your friends is through social media. Get on your Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, find your friends, and blow up their pages with jokes, memes, and “Awwww, you look so cute” lines. That will start reeling them in.
Tip 2: Follow Through On Your Offer. If you tell someone, “We should really hang out,” actually make a point to hang out. Call one of your used-to-be favorite friends from that one class you had together and ask if they can meet up after class or on the weekend for some good girl or guy talk. How are you going to be social if you don’t socialize?
Tip 3: Keep It Up! The worst thing you can do after trying to rekindle friendships is revert back to your old ways. They are only going to think that you are still the same old lame. You have to prove them wrong. Show them that you don’t have a curfew at mommy and daddy’s house. In light of the fall season, tell them that you are so ready to drink that Shaken Iced Peach Green tea when you meet up at 4 o’clock at Starbucks. Scream, “Yeaaaaaa! I got this!” while fist pounding your chest in the middle of Haber Green on a student filled day (which is pretty rare).
You don’t want to graduate and not have any great memories when you look back on your college life during our big graduation speech. You are the one who has to make those good times and you can’t do it alone. I mean, if you want to take a snapshot of you holding a red cup on the couch with your cat sleeping in the background and the caption saying, “Turning up with Sir Purrs-A-Lot,” that’s all on you. I’m just saying, you might want to throw in some real people in that picture before everyone starts thinking you’re a loner.
Do it commuter seniors. Take back your social life!