There are many college students that are referred to as “resimuters,” students that live off campus and commute to school but also spend most of their time at the college. They’re saving money by living at home but want to have the full college experience.
Schools have started to pay attention to these students, offering them space and services so they can feel a full part of the community. In this post, one resimuter who attends the University of Scranton explains how she became one and how others can make the most of “resimuting” to college.
An alumnus of my university, who was a commuter student like me, said that those who spend the majority of time on campus are not really commuters at all, but rather “resimuters,” commuters who are in every way like a resident except aren’t given a room of their own to sleep in.
If you want to save money, or live at home for other reasons, being a commuter student at college is not only possible, but it can be a great experience.
Being a commuter wasn’t my first choice. In fact, I was a resident for a semester at a different institution before finances caused me to move back home and go to a closer university. Before the semester started, I began to ask myself the questions: What would I do and where would I go between classes? How would I meet people? Was I going to feel a part of the university community?
After a few days of wandering aimlessly around campus feeling lost and alone, I decided I needed to find a way to make the university my home away from home.
In high school, I was always involved in clubs and sports. I was constantly busy and looking for ways to develop my leadership skills, and I wanted my college experience to be the same. I needed to get involved on campus so it just wasn’t a place to attend classes. I was pleasantly surprised that Scranton had a club for commuters, The Commuter Student Association (CSA), which allowed me to engage in leadership opportunities, discuss mutual concerns and ideas about the commuter lifestyle, and create a peer network.
My college experience really took off once I got a work study job, which allowed me to meet residential students, faculty and staff members. I started to stay on campus more and utilize resources the University had to offer such as The Student Forum, a shared space with computers and study tables, the fitness facilities, and the study rooms. Doors opened to new experiences, conferences, volunteer opportunities, and academic and sports clubs. Having friends in the dorms meant that I could spend the weekend on campus, have somewhere to sleep and people to go with to the events and social gatherings.
My commuting experience is a positive one, but many commuters aren’t this lucky and instead have a negative attitude towards commuting and may even hate their college experience. Luck had nothing to do with my success. Rather, I took advantage of the resources and networking opportunities by stepping outside my comfort zone to get involved.