stonepeep wrote:That commute is doable but it will get really annoying. I'm just finishing 2L year and have been commuting an hour each way on BART the whole time. I'm moving into the city this summer because the benefits of living where I live no longer outweigh the hassle of the commute.
Re: working part time - I cannot imagine you would make enough money working four hours per week to justify keeping that job. While technically you will be able to make time for it, you almost certainly will be annoyed with yourself if you do. You'll have enough other things going on that it will seem like a huge hassle. Trust me on this one - I have had an insane number of things to do this semester and took on an additional 5 hour per week commitment. It was definitely much more stressful than it sounded, because I already had so much to do. Technically I had time time but mentally it was a struggle sometimes.
Thank you so much for that insight! I unfortunately might just have to commute daily assuming I don't find a roommate for a room at the tower or a nice apartment. Unfortunately, all the spots I've looked at so far in my budget are extremely claustrophobic. While that I can still potentially deal with, I don't like the idea of a shared kitchen/bathroom with 20 other apartments on my floor. I've done that before during undergrad, but we didn't have only 1 bathroom/1 shower per floor.
When you say that the benefits of living in the city outweigh the hassle with commuting, what made you change your mind or pushed you in one direction? Seems like an abrupt change after two years of commuting.
I definitely did consider the fact that any social event I attend or study group that I might participate in would be limited by the time of the last BART train (definitely midnight) that would depart. How often do events run past midnight on school nights? I don't mind having to leave early during meetups at bars and other social gatherings if need be (which would also mean I'd get home in the East Bay around 145am), but I'd rather not have to leave during study sessions.
I'm part of the LEOP program and I've been told that there are regular study meetings on Saturdays. I don't anticipate the timings being completely ridiculous to the point where we'd have very early meetings, but that is just one additional day to consider for travel. I can empathize with the entire commute just being draining (especially considering that I am not a morning person).
I wanted to perhaps keep the 4 hour job for two reason: free gym access for myself (and a guest) at any location (which would then allow me to bypass having to go to the Tower's facilities to save time/effort) and it would just about cover my bart expenses for a week. Not worth it, you say?