Hope everyone had a great week. As my time as a commuter is coming to an end, I thought I would reflect on the good and bad.
Commuting is never a bad thing. For one, its a great way to save money. But at the same time, it can be such a headache. For one thing, if you are ever commuting into the city, make sure your train arrives at least one hour before what ever event or job you have to be at. Because While NYC public transportation is amazing and usually on time, there are moments where it can let you down. For example, I was supposed to be at my internship on the first day at 9:00 am. I took the 8:05 train that got into New York at 8:38. of course the train was running late and I ended up not getting to my internship until 9:20. Yea not good. I was panicking and even contemplating not showing up at all because I was so embarrassed. But it's ok because I got myself together and have been here the whole summer.
Make sure you have a proper bag. When walking to work everyday, I notice that everyone just has a simple shoulder bag or tote. While that can be super easy, you also have to make sure that it is durable. I have an obsession with backpacks and honestly that's what I prefer. They are more durable and better for your back than a tote bag. Also pack you bag the night before because the feeling of dread that will come over you when you realize you forgot something, really sucks. Especially when you are already on the train or have arrived at your destination.
It is tiring as hell. Because commuting itself takes so much time, it can be really tiring and draining. Make sure you get enough sleep because even though you might be able to catch a snooze on the train, it can be hard and you only have a limited time.
Know the difference between a regular and a quiet car. I always sit in the quiet car just because I hate noise or being talked to in the morning (unless its my own music of course). The quiet car is usually the first and last car on the train so keep your eyes open, because if you're talking on the phone or have your music blasting you will be scolded or yelled at.
Have your ticket ready, know your discounts and know your ticket options. When taking the subway, there is only a monthly discount, which is quite pricey but in the end can save you a lot of money. When taking NJ Transit, you have your option of a weekly pass, monthly pass, senior discount or a military discount. These are honestly the best because while it's a lot of money upfront, if can really save you a lot of money. Especially if you commute more than 3 times a week. You also have your option of a paper or digital ticket. I personally prefer a digital ticket just because it's easier and less of a waste. It can be irritating because you have to have data to activate the ticket, so I recommend carrying a backup paper ticket just in case. Because you never know.
Never buy food near the train station. It's always going to insanely over priced. Just carry snacks and something to drink because you will get hungry and/or thirsty.
Know your train times. Train times during the week are usually the same and never change, but train times during the weekend are completely different and run less frequently. Know the difference between local and express trains. When I take the train home I usually take the Dover train. But there are two different Dover trains within the same time period and it can get confusing unless you know which one you're supposed to take. Same thing with the subway. Always ask someone before getting on the train. Local means that it will stop at almost every station. Express means that it will skip the majority of the stations to get to certain ones.
If you commute and have anymore tips that need to be shared, leave a comment down below!!
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When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don't throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer - Corrie Ten Boom
Until Next Time..........................................
, by Tyana Yasmeen