Going to college has been the most important journey of my life so far, and I don’t want to have any regrets when I graduate. Staying on campus was arguably the biggest change that took the longest to get used to. While I liked the independence that came with living on my own, I missed the routine and company that my family had to offer. With my first semester of college officially complete, I decided it was time for a change. Instead of living on campus for the remainder of the year, I packed up my bags and went back home.
Clearly dorming isn’t for everyone, including myself. I missed my family more than I’d care to admit and I didn’t enjoy sharing a room with someone who wasn’t my sister. When I lived on campus, I was unfortunate enough to live on the fourth floor of McHale. One thing that I do not miss about dorming is climbing four flights of stairs after a two-hour hockey practice. My floor was relatively quiet and I often find myself missing the silence when I’m trying to study in my living room with the TV on and a million other things going on in the background.
Luckily, I live close enough to Misericordia to commute. I have to put gas in my car once a week which hurts my wallet, but not as much as dorming would have over time. As it is anywhere you go, it’s considerably cheaper to live off campus and my future, debt-ridden self is already thanking me for saving money anywhere I can. Another good thing about commuting is the fact that I can have a car on campus since freshmen normally aren’t allowed to have their cars. I am in the Speech-Pathology program and all of my classes are down in Passan. I no longer have to wait five minutes in bad weather to catch a bus to my 8 AM classes.
Having to drive to school every day means I have to wake up earlier. I am currently living with my grandparents, who live in Dallas, so I only have to wake up twenty minutes earlier than I did when I was living on campus, but it’s still a bummer. Snowy roads also complicate things. The only good thing about snowy roads is that all the potholes are filled up with snow. Knock on wood, I haven’t missed a class because of bad weather yet, and my professors have canceled classes when the roads are slippery.
I think I missed my car more than I missed my family.
Driving to school has given me a better sense of time management. I need to know when to leave my house to get to places on time and I have to give myself enough time in the morning to get ready. I miss being able to go up to my dorm and nap for an hour or two during breaks in between classes instead of driving back and forth from home to school like a soccer mom.
Now that I have my car, I have more freedom. I can drive to the mall in between classes with friends and just hang out, or we could go out for lunch instead of eating at the cafeteria every day. I find myself hanging out in the commuters lounge more than I ever did when I lived on campus, even though that was where most of my friends were since most of them commute. I like being able to drive myself places instead of putting my life in my friend’s hands when we want to go out.
While I do miss dorming, I feel like I made the right choice when I moved off campus. I’m much happier living at home with my family and I get to have my car.
- Rachel Miroslaw '21, Speech-Language Pathology. Rachel is from Tunkhannock, PA, plays field hockey, and enjoys reading and writing
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