I commute to university every day. I don’t mean I commute as in ‘oh, I live just two stops down on the central line’. I mean it as in ‘I leave my house two hours before class because I have to get a bus, the overground and then the underground to get to university’. If your commute is only 15 minutes long then it’s unlikely you are going to suffer from extreme boredom during your journey. If it is over an hour, then I feel your pain.
So, how do you make your commute feel less like a complete waste of time? These are my top tips.
You could work while you travel. The last thing you probably want to do after a day of studying is working on the train/bus/tube journey home. However, I guarantee that no matter how productive you feel at university, by the time you get in all you are going to want to do is relax. As a lot of study for your degree is self-led, working whilst travelling can free up your time later.
There are multiple ways you can study during your journey.
Ok, now I know some of you are probably thinking ‘but if I’ve been studying all day I’m going to need a break’. Yes, you do. I don’t study on every journey into university and rarely for the whole two hours. Personally, when I’m travelling and I don’t want to study I listen to audio books. If you have never tried an audio book, I would highly recommend it; I’ve grown to love them over the past year. If you’re not into books then there are a ton of apps that allow you to download TV shows to your phone for you to watch during your journey!
Bethany Harris (Geography BA, class of 2018)