One hour and twenty minutes. That is exactly how long it takes me to get from campus to my home in Connecticut. One hour and twenty minutes. It is a pretty easy ride if I have good music to sing along to because it is mostly on back roads so I never hit any traffic. The majority of my breaks are spent at home, but sophomore year my friends and I spent spring break in Cancun, Mexico. This spring break we will be returning to Mexico – Puerto Vallarta. Thanksgiving is spent with relatives, this year we all went to New Jersey to give thanks. Not everyone is as lucky as I am and has the ability to take a quick spontaneous trip home for a night or a weekend. Two of my roommates have it pretty rough compared to me.
My roommate, Amanda lives in New Jersey and if she goes home it has to be for at least a weekend due to the tedious drive. It takes her about four hours to get home from school, and that is if she is blessed with hitting no traffic.
Isabelle, my other roommate has it much worse. She is from Seattle, Washington. She knew one of the negatives to going to school on the East Coast was having to fly whenever she wanted to take a trip home. She only goes home during winter and summer breaks due to the five-hour flight to Seattle. On other school breaks she visits her family in New Hampshire. The drive from URI to her aunt’s house in New Hampshire is two hours.
The University of Rhode Island is a state school so most of its students live around Rhode Island. Typically, they do not have a long way to get home. My roommate Chrissy lives with us at our house in Narragansett, but her family home is in Narragansett too, so she goes home quite a lot. I can get pretty jealous on nights when I don’t feel like cooking dinner and she has the option to drive fifteen minutes to get a home cooked meal.
URI allows freshmen to have cars on campus, which most schools do not allow. This makes it easier for all students to get home, and if you are not lucky enough to have a car at school, it is usually pretty easy to catch a ride with a friend. There is also a train station five minutes off campus, which can be a cheap and easy way to get home when you don’t have a ride.
Now that I am in my last semester of college, I find that I am regretting all those sporadic nights I went home to see my family or friends from home. I am only in college for a few more months and do not want to waste a single minute of those few months in my Honda on the way to Connecticut.