Commuter Culture at GSU

Blue Lot Georgia StateAre you a commuter student? Before students lived in University Commons on Piedmont or The Village near Georgia Tech, a typical GSU student would wake up around seven o’clock in the morning – maybe six – pack ALL of his or her books, lunch and gym clothes for the day into one bag, drive to the nearest MARTA station or the Turner Field blue lot, take the Panther Express to campus, and then walk to a nine o’clock class. Now, this scenario may seem a little intense for the upperclassmen that drive to campus from a shared apartment in Midtown or Little Five Points. Do you live there?

 How many of you live with your family? For some students, living at home is an easy way to not only save money, but also separate school and home life. Although parents and younger siblings may drive you crazy, commuting from home is often a way students learn better time management skills because they’re less likely to underestimate how long it takes to finish a task or travel from one place to the next. A professional commuter student knows it takes approximately eight minutes to walk from the Rec Center to Aderhold; Pasta Creations and Panther Pizza in the Student Center are a great place to grab a quick lunch; and early bird parking is free next to the College of Education.

Being a commuter student at Georgia State may be a tiresome, road rage-inducing, critical-thinking role, but it definitely shapes the character of GSU students in the city. And no matter where you live, there’s one thing we all can agree on: There’s never enough parking and there’s never enough time.

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