Post # 1
Any long commuters out there?
I am starting a Master’s program that is an hour and a half away. During the school year I can work here and only have to drive every other Saturday. However, there is a 6 week summer session I must attend that has classes in the evening (in the summer for 6 weeks, weeknights). Do you think it is possible to drive everyday and back again for 5 days a week? Should I look into getting a temporary place there? (That would be expensive, but my main concern is that I really don’t want to be away from Darling Husband every night…)
Do you think it is feasible to just drive? I have some time to decide what to do, but what do you think?
Thank you for you input.
Post # 3
No, you can’t. Think of it this way. Three hours a day, in a car. Plus the amount of gas (for at least 200 miles). Darling Husband and I lived 90 minutes apart for 3 years, and even just driving there and back on the weekends became rough.
I would look to getting a place there, or perhaps subleasing. Usually plenty of places open up for the summer.
Post # 4
I commute 45 minutes to school and my gas bill is through the roof and I have actually skipped class a few days simply because I dreaded the drive. I would NOT reccomend that commute at all!
Post # 5
I would look into renting a room from someone. The gas prices will eat you alive, let alone the wear and tear on your car – and sanity!!
Post # 6
afbacher Yeah. I think I might look into getting a place. I hate driving, and I would really hate to be driving late at night after being drained. Maybe I can find someone to sublease from. Thanks for the input.
Post # 7
I am in teachers college right now and I have about 6 students in my cohort who drive an hour and a half or more a day (and most of them have kids). Dont ask me how they do it lol
Post # 8
I ditto what everyone else said. I know 6 weeks seems like a long time, but it will fly by. Another consideration is, what about if there is traffic and/or an accident; your commute could be even longer.
Post # 9
Ms Hedgehog No kidding. Gas is really suposed to rise, this is will be next next summer (2012). Who knows what gas will be like then.
crayfish You are right. Thanks for the advice.
Worst case scenario- there is a hotel that does extended stay. It might be kind of fun for me to have a little freedom and stay in a hotel. Darling Husband could come visit on the weekends. Or, best case, I will find a cool place to sub, or a cool roommate.
Post # 10
It’s going to get old quick! Currently, our commute (FI and I work for the same company) is about 50 minutes but thats with standard traffic. Add some rain or, god forbid, a fender bender into the mix and we’re looking at closer to an hour and a half with all the god damn rubberneckers on the road. Don’t even get me started on the 3 hour commute when there’s a snow storm. It sucks. Even 50 minutes is a lot when you realize you have to do it twice a day. Our commute has put a boat load of miles on our car (3 years old and more than 70k miles). If we weren’t so comfortable in our jobs, we would look for something closer to home.
Post # 11
s_h_e_l_b_s That sounds a lot like my program. I can’t imagine doing that with kids in the mix. I guess it is good to know it is possible.
noritake22 Yeah, and at least it will be in the summer and I can walk around and go shopping, and I have some old friends there. That is true, I hate the stress of driving, and there could always be car trouble too. (= stress!)
Post # 12
CaitMarae LOL “rubberneckers” I like that. No kidding. Good advice. Plus, it rains all the time here. That would be awful at night!
Post # 13
Interesting how many people don’t see this as feasible!
I commute an hour each way every day for work. It’s shorter than my commute was when I lived in LA!
Honestly, you get used to it.
Post # 14
@ddw: Feasible is diiferent from healthy or desirable, She is talking about a commute that is 50% longer than you do. Plus there will be required reading and writing in the evenings after class and after the commmute.
Most universities have some sort of bulletin board where summer school students can contact each other and line up temporary accomodation including a roommate if that is what you are looking for.
Post # 15
I did half that last summer- 45 minutes there and 45min-1hour back.
I would do 45 minutes again however I would not be happy about it, anything over that would be an absolute no. It was insanity, I hate driving so I have no idea why I agreed to do that to myself. Added on top of that every once in awhile there would be accidents that would add lots of time to my drive- one day it took me 3 hours to get home (2 of which were on a 2 mile stretch).
Post # 16
I have a friend with that same commute, and yes she skips class a lot and doesn’t have as much time to study as she needs. But she wanted to be able to come home every night to her family and her own house, so she made that choice. You could look into subletting a room, or if you have a friend whose couch you could crash on if you’re particularly tired one night. But while it would be a total pain, I do think it’s feasible. And your gas prices wouldn’t be any more than the cost of subletting, so that’s all pretty much the same.
Plus, if you can make good use of your time (catch up on phone calls, listen to books on tape, relax, listen to any study tapes), then it might actually benefit you. It’s only 6 weeks, so if you want to I think you could easily do it.