I started my commute from Oakland to Daly City Bart in the summer of 2011. I was accepted into the Summer Bride Educational Opportunity Program held here, at SF State.
I always hoped to live in a dorm under University Housing, but it didn’t work out that way. It filled up so fast that I, like many first time incoming freshman, found myself struggling to figure out how this was going to work.
The program was offered to low income, first generation students in order to make the transition from high school to college a little easier. I enjoyed every second of the summer program, but several times I found myself struggling.
I struggled with late nights commuting, and early mornings doing it all over again. It was in many ways too much to bear. The program affected me both financially and physically. I get extremely motion sick, so the Bart made me really nauseous sometimes. And I had to pay almost $8 a day. I couldn’t afford to keep doing that.
I knew I wanted to go to SF State for as long as I could remember, but I was not willing to suffer the commute back and forth every day from Alameda once the school year started. It was too much for me. I finally decided to move to Daly City. I rented an in-law apartment about 25 minutes away from the Daly City Bart station.
I saved a lot of money and time not having to commute so far back and forth. The trip is close enough to campus that I’m not overwhelmed, but I still feel like I’m missing out on the full “college experience.”
My off campus housing has worked out, but there’s always been part of me that wondered how different things would be if I was able to stay in the residence halls. How the experience would be different, how everything would just fall into place within this hectic transition between high school and college. But this year, that’s just not in the cards for me.
The need to catch public transportation limits me when it comes to campus events. Because of this, I have a much harder time getting involved. Living off campus limits most students, and this is exactly why I wanted to live on campus. I can’t go to the welcome night events, like everyone who lives in the dorms, because I can’t be reliant on public transportation during these late night events.
I would have loved to be able to live on campus. I wanted have the full college experience, and make tons of friends in the residence halls, but the lack of space in the University Housing System made this no more than a dream. I know come next year, I will fight for my spot under University Housing, but until then, I will be grateful for what I have now.
My name is Jennelle Torres and I am attending San Francisco State University in the Fall of 2011. I have always wanted to be a journalist and through internships, several papers, and online publications, I have found a way to utilize my passion for writing and to satisfy my own curiosity for life. This is a blog dedicated to what I am soon embarking on. I have moved from the comfort of my close knit Alameda community and will soon begin learning about the art of journalism in the most beautiful city in the world, San Francisco. I will use this blog to document my work as I go along and learn new and exciting things… Support me, my journey begins. :)