Whenever anyone mentions or thinks of college, images of living on campus flash through our minds like a panorama. Throughout out our entire lives, the idea of dormitories, campus parties, meal plans, etc. is thrown in our faces. People always say, “You have to give dorm life a chance! You’re in college!” Unfortunately, with the state of the economy and rising tuition prices, it’s becoming harder to live on your own–let alone in a dorm. Commuting to college has become a more financially-stable option.
When I tell people I’m a commuter, the minute expressions and silent comments indicate their surprise and pity. However, I love being a commuter. It could be because it perfectly fits my personality. Yet, I would never, even if I had the money, decide to dorm rather than commute. Some people have the illusion that commuters don’t do anything but study or don’t have any friends. That’s not true at all. I have plenty of friends and I’m on campus frequently (even past classes). I participate in a lot of clubs and stay to hang out with friends who are a mixture of commuters and residents. Loneliness is a misconception of commuting. There are many reasons why I decided to commute. I consider them benefits and here they are:
- Save Money. I don’t have to shell out any money for living at home. Dorms can cost a lot when you calculate all four years at college (add it to tuition, meal plans, textbooks, etc.). It can rack up. I work two jobs so I love saving where I can.
- Can Go Anywhere I Want. Even if you have your driver’s license, you probably don’t have a car on campus or one at all. You’re pretty limited in where you can go. I drive out for lunch, shop at the closest mall, check out movies at the nearby theater, and more. No bus or taxi needed.
- Don’t Have to Cook. I don’t have to a meal plan! More money in my bank and I can have home-cooked meals every day. Plus, it’s easier for me to watch my diet when I’m at home too.
- Don’t Have to Fight for the Laundry Machine. Never will I have to worry about walking down or up several floors with a laundry basket to find out that I cannot do my laundry because all the machines are taken.
- Don’t Have Rules. There are certain times you can have friends over or stay out in a dorm. There’s no such thing at home. I come and go as I please.
- Calm Drives. College can be very stressful. Having time to myself in the morning and afternoon when I commute from home to school or vice versa is nice because I can collect my thoughts or simply relax whilst listening to music.
These are only a few out of many reasons why being a commuter isn’t all that bad. You may or may not agree. However, there’s always pros and cons to everything. Commuting, in my opinion, has enough pros to convince me to remain as one.
As autumn is progressing and winter is around the corner, the seasons of illnesses will take a toll on everyone. Other than good hygiene, one way to protect yourself from contracting sicknesses is to get a flu-shot.
Thankfully, Benedictine University offers flu-shots to students. There are only certain days that’ll be offered until the end of October. You can get your flu-shots the Office of Health Services in Krasa Room 116 (first floor). It only costs $10.00 for students and $20.00 for faculty. That’s a great deal so be sure to take advantage of it. Here’s a list:
- Friday; October 24th from 10:00am – 12:00pm
- Monday; October 27th from 10:00am – 12:00pm
- Tuesday; October 28th from 10:00am – 12:00pm
- Wednesday; October 29th from 10:00am – 12:00pm
- Thursday; October 30th from 10:30am – 12:00pm
- Friday; October 31st from 9:30am – 11:30am
Stay healthy! 🙂
It’s that time of the semester again. We have to think of next semester when this one hasn’t even ended yet. There are a lot of considerations to be made during this time. So, let’s buckle down and go through them! 🙂
- Check Your Registration Date/Time. Be sure to find out how many credits you currently have as a student in order to determine which registration date is yours. Once you find it, be sure to create a reminder for it. Here’s the list of credits/dates for this semester.
- 105+ hours – November 3rd, 2014. 7:00 a.m.
- 90+ hours – November 4th, 2014. 7 a.m.
- 75+ hours – November 6th, 2014. 7 a.m.
- 60+ hours – November 7th, 2014. 7 a.m.
- 45+ hours – November 10th, 2014. 7 a.m.
- 30+ hours – November 11th, 2014. 7 a.m.
- 15+ hours – November 13th, 2014. 7 a.m.
- 0+ hours – November 14th, 2014. 7 a.m.
- Open Registration/Students-at-Large – November 17th, 2014
- Check Your BenU Account for Holds. If there are any holds on your account (usually financial), you cannot register for next semester. So, make sure that you do not have any holds by accessing your BenU account.
- Check Your Major List. Every major has a list of courses required to complete it. Ensure that you are taking classes that you need to take. Plan your courses out so you can graduate in time. You can find these lists on the Benedictine website here: http://www.ben.edu/degree-programs/index.cfm
- Ask Friends/Advisors/Professors for Help. If you’re unsure of how registering works, ask an upperclassman or a professor or an advisor. They’ve been through it. They can help. Also, you can garner insight to which classes are best to take for that semester and which teachers may best suit you.
- Have a List of Chosen Classes. Prepare a list of classes you want to take before the day of registering. Include the course title, professor’s name, and section time. This way, you know that you’re signing up for the classes you actually want to take.
- Set-up Your Course Cart Before Registration. You’re not allowed to sign-up for classes until your designated registration day. However, you can pick your course and add them to your cart. By doing this, you won’t have to click and search for your courses the day of registering.
- Have a List of Back-up Classes. Sometimes, things don’t work. Hundreds are signing up at the same time. So, you may not get into the classes you wanted to. Just in case, have a list of back-up classes. If one of your classes is full, you can be on the wait-list for it and/or sign up for another class to ensure your completing enough credits for the semester or staying in pace with your degree.
- Set Your Alarm Clock. Registration starts at 7 a.m. The portals open and you’ll have to race to click in. Be sure not to oversleep! Be sure to have enough time to turn on your laptop/desktop computer, review all the courses in your cart, and check internet speed. You don’t want to miss out on classes because you woke up too late.
Registration day is very important so be sure to be prepared! If you’d like more help with registration, you can check out this site:
At the Fr. Michael E. Komechak O.S.B. Art Gallery on the 5th floor of KINDLON, a commemorative art exhibition featuring one of Chicago’s recognized and respected artists, Ed Paschke. His artwork is known for its Pop art-influenced representational imagery, dealing with themes of violence and aggression. Through abstraction and expressionism, his art combines intense colors and themes to convey his message.
For a limited time, his artwork will be displayed on Benedictine University’s campus at the art gallery for public. It’ll feature rarely seen works from the late artist’s collections.
Be sure to stop by. There will be a reception on Saturday; October 4th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. Free food will be served.
The exhibition will run from October 6th – November 30th, 2014.
Anything and Everything Free on Campus.
We’re college students. Let’s face it money isn’t exactly pouring in by the truck load so when we hear Free, we take advantage of it. I’ve decided to write a thank you, for all of those Free things on campus!
- Thank you for Free printing. Though they encourage students to limit their unnecessary printing both for environmental conservation and in order to keep printing Free, all of the printing on campus is at no cost to the students.
- Thank you for the Free laundry. It may not seem like much but wait until you move off campus and have to pay up to $5.00 A LOAD at some places.
- Thank you for Free bike rental. It’s the city, not everyone has a car. But in case you don’t, Benedictine University has Free bike rentals you can sign out on errand day!
- Thank you for Free Wifi! It makes finding your perfect study place so much easier when you don’t have to worry about being able to get internet!
- Thank you for Free t-shirts. I can think of at least 25 events each year that give away Free t-shirts including Programming Board events, athletic events, admissions events, promotional events and more.
- Thank you for Free food. Throughout the year there are probably 100 chances to get Free food. Whether it’s at the Police Barbecue, Homecoming Tailgating, one of the weekly Programming Board events, Bi-weekly ResLife events, or Athletic events (that’s right, sometimes they provide pizza for the students who attend sporting events), there are always events on campus giving away Free food.
- Thank you for Free events on campus. With the exception of the Homecoming Dance and the Spring Ball, Programming Board prides themselves on being able to offer every program they host Free to the students. This includes all of their bingo nights, carnival, and numerous other opportunities to win Free stuff (like a Free Ipad Mini at the carnival last year). This also includes the things to do like watch Johnny Cardinale (as seen on Chelsea Lately) do his Comedy Skit, go to the on campus Haunted House they put on every year, or see a band play like the country cover band Backyard Country roads.
- Thank you for the monthly Free commuter breakfast. I’m not a commuter so this doesn’t apply to me, but I imagine that if I were I would be pretty thankful for Free Einstein Bagels and coffee once a month!
- Thank you for Free Ogden Six Movie Nights, Free Mini Golf, Free Laser Tag, Free Arcade Nights, Free Roller Skating, and Free Brunswick Zone. Student Activities provides one of these at least once a month!
- Thank you for Free fitness classes! Each semester the fitness center releases a schedule of the fitness classes that will be offered weekly that semester.
- Thank you for the Free gym membership. This also goes along with the last thank you, but I cannot thank the school enough for the Free unlimited access to to fitness center and all of it’s equipment!
- Thank you for Free parking!!!! Cannot stress this one enough. Just went to Chicago the other day and spent $42 to park for a day….When the cheap lots fill up, you sometimes have no choice! Free parking is a huge blessing.
- Thank you for Free Counseling services. There are two or three counselors on campus throughout the week available by appointment that will cost you nothing. Whether you want to talk about family problems, financial issues, the stress of school or pressures to do well, vent about a roommate, or just have someone to talk to, you can schedule an hour time slot and professional counselors will listen to every word you have to say!
- Thank you for the basically Free health services. Though we do pay a small fee for this at the beginning of each semester, it is then there for you to use throughout the semester in case you ever get sick. The nurses both used to work in a hospital and have seen it all. So whether you have the common cold or think you may have strep, you can go see them for help. They also offer flu shots to students for just $10!
- Thank you for the Free athletic trainers. Though this is limited to athletes on campus, the school does have a very nice athletic training facility where you can even schedule Free (depending on your insurance) chiropractic appointments, doctor appointments, or even orthopedic appointments. Not to mention Free physical therapy and personalized strength training programs.
- Finally Thank you to the donors who help to make books and sometimes even tuition Free or a least a whole lot less! Without the numerous scholarships I receive there is no way I would be able to afford college.
College is expensive that’s a fact. I don’t exactly have oodles of money lying around to spend as I please, but Benedictine University offers a whole lot of Free services and scholarships that help to take care of the little things : )