Pro and con: My life as a UVa-Wise commuter

Commuting. It’s something I do every day. Something I sometimes dread. Something I sometimes look forward to. Regardless, my car and me spend a lot of time together.

One of the benefits of living close to the college that you chose to go to, is the “luxury” of being able to commute, and not having to worry about housing and meal plan costs. These are just a few of the many reasons that commuting is a great option for those who live close to school.

However, there is also a long list of reasons why commuting sucks the life out of me, and I have days where I wish that I had chosen to live on campus. Those days are specifically on Tuesdays and Thursdays when I have an 8 a.m. class.

Making the decision to commute or not comes down to a simple list of pros and cons. Speaking as someone who has made the decision to commute, I’ll outline those here:


  • Meal plans are an option, not a requirement.
  • Always having the option of a home-cooked meal.
  • Not having to share your space.
  • Being homesick is not a thing, since your home is down the road.
  • Not having to part with your pets. (honestly, my French Bulldog made the decision for me.)



  • Though you don’t have to worry about the cost of housing and meal plans, the amount of money you spend in gas is ridiculous. At least if you’re like me and live 45 minutes away from campus.
  • If you’re like me and chose not to have a meal plan, having to pay for lunch every day gets expensive (shoutout to Chick-fil-A).
  • Having to wake up an hour earlier than you would if you lived on campus.
  • The winter.
  • Not having the independence that comes along with moving out of your parents’ house.

While I sometimes enjoy the 40-minute drive that I make – it gives me time to reflect on my day, or my day to come – it also can be tiring when the day was strenuous, and I want nothing more than a nap after my last class or meeting, and not a hike up to the Zehmer commuter lot.

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