Making the Most of Your Commute

Thanks to Melissa N for this guest post! 

Do you live, or are planning on living, far from Teachers College? Does it take you a while to get from internship or work to class? It can be somewhat of a task when you’re commuting a long way to and from school, and also have many assignments to complete. Luckily there are ways to make the best out of your long commute.

I live in Brooklyn, and my internship is there as well, so I’m on the subway for what feels like forever sometimes. These are some of the things I’ve found to be helpful when trying to make the most out of my long daily commute:

Download or Organize Readings Ahead of Time

Our program is very reading heavy, which can be overwhelming. To our benefit, reading can be done pretty much anywhere! I’ve found it helpful to look at the readings that need to be done and download them to my phone or iPad. This makes online readings accessible on the subway (because there’s no service!), train, or bus. If you have an iPhone or apple device, you can do this by opening the file on your internet browser, pressing the page, and clicking the option to open the file in iBooks. Now I know that some of you might not use an Apple device, so I tried to find a way to save PDF files on Android, and it seems that you need to download a PDF viewer.

What if I need to read from a book?

There are many textbooks available to buy or rent from Kindle, which has a free app for mobile devices/tablets/computers (sometimes they’re cheaper than the physical book!). This can help save space in your bag, create less weight on your back, and you’re even able to annotate and highlight on them! Audiobooks are also a great way to do readings, especially if you’re in a car or you get motion sickness. Lastly, you can also go the old-fashioned way and print out the readings/carry the book, but electronic versions help save trees, and it’s also convenient when you can’t find a seat on those crowded subways.

A Place to Relax

Relaxing? Yes! Your commute can be a time to get work done, but it can also be a time to take a breather and relax, before or after class. You can take this time to listen to music, read a book that’s not for grad school, or just enjoy the ride (and people watch, of course!).

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