With so many activities that happen on campus every day, it’s hard to find a group that you don’t belong in. From fraternities and service groups, to Super Smash Brothers players, and everywhere in-between, EKU has all sorts of things you can do on campus. There’s just one slight issue with all of that… if you’re a commuter, good luck getting involved with all of this.
Everything that happens on this campus is designed for residential or in-city commuters, and if you’re not in that boat then too bad for you. A lot of clubs and organizations meet in the evenings, and while sometimes that’s not too bad, getting home late every night can ruin your sleep schedule. Heck, the only reason I’m even doing things for the Progress is because I can fit it into my schedule at any time. It’s one of the only things on-campus I can do on a regular basis.
I am so grateful that I have no desire to join a fraternity of any sort because I literally couldn’t do it and have time to balance the rest of my life. It’s so absurd that commuting is a death sentence to having a social life on campus, because this is one of the few times in my life where I’ve wanted to branch out and actually socialize with people near me but it’s nearly impossible for that to happen.
What’s more, even if you live off-campus but in the city of Richmond, to an extent commuting can be hard for you. Let’s be honest for a moment: no one in this state drives well. You know it, I know it, your dog’s fleas know it. Ergo, no one is surprised when traffic is heavily congested on the bypass or on main street.
Let’s suppose that if I’m trying to get home to Winchester by 5 on a Wednesday, and I know traffic is going to be horrendous, I probably have to leave campus somewhere around 3:30. It’s incredibly frustrating that I have to plan ahead an hour or sometimes more in order to get home at a decent time.
So instead of complaining any more, I’m just going to accept it. Because this is the reality I face now, and there is nothing I can do to change it, no matter how much I try. Maybe I can become a resident next year, or maybe I will remain a commuter.
Ultimately, no matter what the case is, I’m here at EKU to get my education. So for now I’m just going to focus on that and worry about socializing, joining clubs and organizations after I pay thousands of dollars for a piece of paper that identifies my future career choices.