Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
College Commuter Blog: BEAT THE WEATHER AS A COMMUTER
Hey fellow commuter! I hope you were able to survive the great Salisbury Snowstorms of 2015. As you may have already experienced, as the weather gets colder, our commute seems to get that much harder. From getting out of your warm bed to your very cold commute to class. Whether you are walking, biking, or driving (or sledding?), being a commuter in the winter is hard! Do not worry; we are all in this together. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to help you survive this very cold, winter wonderland we call the Eastern Shore.
1. Got an early commute? Long day? Come to our Commuter Breakfast and our lunches!
Being a commuter can be hard when it comes to eating. Sometimes, we simply do not have enough time to make breakfast, or pack a lunch, and buying food can get super costly! Come to the Commuter Breakfast every Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in Cool Beans. You get a free treat and your choice of a free coffee or tea. That’s right, free food. Oh, and don’t forget to grab your free Commuter Connections travel mug at the first breakfast you attend!
Don’t have a Commons meal plan? Once a month, Commuter Connections holds a free lunch seminar. Each Seminar includes a free, delicious meal as well as a theme about something to help make your commuter life, just a little easier. If anything, these are two great ways to meet new people!
2. Share the ride with someone close by! GullRide
Don’t want to walk to school? Long commute from another town? Planning a weekend trip home? Just want someone to split the gas with you? Maybe your car just doesn't handle snow well. GullRide may be among the greatest things our school has to offer. Log on to the GullRide website through Commuter Connections website and fill out your information. GullRide will match you up with people in your area taking your same commute! It’s a great way to save money and meet someone in your area attending Salisbury University!
3. Cooped up in your house? Bored between classes? Visit the Guerrieri University Center!
The Guerrieri University Center always has something going on! Whether it is the Wellness Fairs, GUC Cares events, Stand For You events, Commuter Connections events, GUC Events, or various other happenings. You can always find something to do! Did I mention there are always opportunities to get some free t-shirts! GUC Events has events every week, like pool tournaments, various sport video game nights, ping pong tournaments, cooking classes, Minute to Win It night, trivia nights and, oh my gosh, so many more events. Tons of students go to these events, and you will have tons of fun on your down time.
Well there it is! Just a couple tips to make this winter not that bad! So do you see the trend? There are so many things that you can involve yourself in on campus to get yourself out there, meet new friends and get free things. Time flies when you are having fun! So have fun this winter, make a snow man or two, work out a little, stay warm and meet some new people around campus! See ya’ around!
A fellow Commuter,
Jackie Stewart :)
Thursday, December 04, 2014
Reflections from My First Encounter
Today I had my first meeting with my mentee and I was more than excited to share all of my experience with being a college student. To my surprise, she was just as excited to meet me. She shared with me her difficulties with adapting to her college work load and how she was not aware of the amount of time it takes to stay focus. She also struggled with commuting back-and-forth to school to complete her work and trying to build relationships with new people. She was very upfront and honest about her uneasiness with making new friends and having time to study.
As her mentor I tried to put forth my best and most genuine advice of how to handle the college lifestyle. Though we are in college we can still enjoy ourselves as much as possible because once this road is complete there is no turning back. I tried to encourage her to plan accordingly and divide her time between completing work for her classes and making friends because they are equally important to having the “College Experience” so many of us covet.
In order to be a successful student one must be mindful of their work-load. Mental preparation precludes time management and great organizational skills. In the same token, I also explained to her the best way to make friends is by joining on-campus organizations. This is the start to create new and heartfelt bonds with students who live on campus. I recommended WINK, it is a group that is dedicated to females and supports young girls on campus. WINK is a female empowerment group that seeks to promote confidence, self- awareness and unity among females. Our goal is to raise self-esteem among young women and girls by providing a safe haven for them to speak and openly provide encouragement to those throughout the community.1As her mentor, I am willing to do my best in helping her navigate through the everyday challenges of school, society, and the community by drawing upon my greater knowledge and experience and open concern for my mentee.
Antoinne, Fall 2014 Commuter Assistant
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
INKED hosted “A Day Without Stigma” fair. The fair was designed to encourage students and others to fight the stigma surrounding mental health disorders and treatment. This event helped to promote the Salisbury University Counseling Center, allowing all SU students to gain access to free counseling to help them deal with the pressures of being a college student. It is absolutely vital that college students everywhere understand that feeling stress is normal. Please, never be afraid to reach out for help if ever you feel that the pressures of everyday life are beginning to weigh you down.
Your Commuter Assistant,
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Foot for Thought
Hello commuter friends,
I’d like to say a word or two on footwear. Yes, shoes. And that is to choose wisely, or you will lose your feet. Of course the last bit is an extremity and the chances are rare to none. However, many of you may not realize that the wrong shoes will greatly impact the commute to campus. For those who park farther away from campus like in the Dresser Parking Lot and have quite a haul from the parking garage/space to campus grounds it may not be the worst choice you made today if you wore comfortable shoes.
I must admit that we are extremely lucky to have such a picturesque campus and some days it is an absolute joy to simply enjoy a nice walk. But I must warn you. Once you are on campus grounds you may think oh, no worries Fulton is right there. Let me tell you that Fulton is not right there. Fulton is never right there. And that is where your next haul begins.
Maybe I'm exaggerating but then again, maybe I am not. I have experienced the blistering and aching feet. So I caution you, choose loose and thicker soled shoes--choose the worn out pair over the newer pair. Breaking in new shoes is not smart when you have longer distances to travel. Anything with too big of a heel or too small of a sole will begin to hurt your feet as the day nears to a close. Maybe go nomad style and walk barefoot. No, don't do that.
Smart shoe choices are rubber flips flops, Birkenstocks, Vans, Toms, Moccasins, and Uggs
Not so smart shoe choices,I repeat, are anything with too BIG of a heel or SMALL of a sole!
This is Noor Shahzad cautioning you to take care of you soles, commuters! Tweet us @SUCommuters!