There are many ways to choose a college and a whole lot more factors to consider. One important aspect students must consider is the commuting. It’s no secret that traffic in the Philippines is terrible so the commute to and from your school bear much weight now more than ever. You can choose based on your usual location, where your parents are, or where your friends plan to attend, but more importantly, it is important to consider the amount of time, energy, and money that will be spent on your daily school trips.
So is commuting to college really for you? Here are 5 questions to ask:
How far is my house from the school?
Consider the distance of your home from the campus. If you live just across the street from your school, then you are lucky enough not to worry about the traffic situation. Otherwise, try to think of how your regular commute will look like. Is it a 10-minute ride, or an hour-long ride with many transfers?
Check for multiple ways on how you can get to your school. This will give a better picture of the possible routes you can take in case a road accident or any unexpected event happens. If you want to avoid any tardiness infractions, all it takes is proper planning.
What are the commute options available?
As you prepare for possible commute routes, familiarize yourself with roads, train lines, landmarks, and public vehicle queues. This is especially true in the Metro Manila area where a big number of colleges and universities are located.
Major modes of transportation include the LRT Line 1, LRT Line 2, and MRT Line 3. You can also take city buses traveling along EDSA and Commonwealth, as well as jeepneys. If you are plotting your daily itinerary, apps and sites like Google Maps and Waze would be very useful. Google Maps allows you to check available modes of transportation and routes that you can take, while Waze highlights live road traffic updates. These apps will prove to be essential as you establish a daily commute routine.
How much will it cost for me to get to my school?
If you live far from school, think of how much your weekly expenses will amount to. Is it best for you to travel every day, or would it be best if you’ll just rent a dormitory? Consider computing your estimated daily expenses when traveling or renting and compare between the two. Think of the intangibles, too when deciding. If you rent, you may have to spend for food, laundry, utilities, and internet, but you can get two extra hours of sleep. But if you commute, no additional expenses on top of fares but be prepared to waste two to three hours in traffic, too.
How much work will your course require?
The weight of academics and extracurricular activities required from students vary by programs. This is not to say that some fields of study are easier than others but some courses will really just require extra hours like those with lab work, practical exams, or field work. Check your course syllabus to estimate how much time you need to divide between studying and commuting. What is the amount of time you need to commit on a day to day basis? Subtracting your hours on the road, will it be enough to work on your academic requirements?
Can you still study even when you’re home?
After a long and tiring commute, will the environment you’ll end up in is still conducive for studying and for relaxing, whether in your home or dorm? Consider how your family or other housemates will affect your schooling and if they will add unnecessary stress or help you manage stress better. Discussing this with your parents will help them realize the role they will play in your college life and it will surely be easier to plan things out.
The daily journey to and from your school can make or break your overall attitude in school so it pays to plan ahead.
If you’re still undecided on where to study, read up on more information about the different colleges, universities, and other schools in the Philippines near your location through Edukasyon.ph.