I’m the first to admit that I am 18 years and 8 months old and I still do not have a driver’s licence. I have definitely gone past the point of embarrassment and have landed myself in the acceptance stage of that fact.
With that in mind, I have to take a lot of public transport to get around every day, especially going to university. Whether you’re like me and just haven’t gotten around to getting that coveted licence or you just take public transport daily because it’s more convenient for your uni or work, here are a few of ways to make the most the journey:
TUNE IN TO SOME MUSIC AND TUNE OUT THE WORLD
Undoubtedly the most popular option among commuters, most people carry a pair of Apple earphones with their phone stocked up with enough music to play through an apocalypse (not me though, because I have a 16GB phone). Anyway, though I only have a measly selection of songs to get me through the day, I like this option for the days when I have 9am tutorials and my dark circles dominate my face. I usually plug in some upbeat pop music with a few rock ballads and look out the window, taking in my surroundings. Make sure to check out my list of favourite songs ever!
SCHEDULE YOUR DAY
When I have particularly busy days or just a busy week in general, I like to spend my time on the bus having a flick through my Personal Planner. I usually like to schedule my week on Sunday nights so by the time I’m on the bus and diving head-first into the week, I’ll be able to quickly see at a glance what my day has in store for me. I also like to have a pen out just in case I need to quickly add in any last minute reminders to pick up a friend’s birthday present or work on that assignment I’ve been avoiding.
UPDATE YOURSELF ON THE LATEST NEWS
As a student journalist, I get quizzed every week about all the news that’s happening around the world so I have to keep updated on news events. A bus ride is the perfect opportunity for this as I can easily tune in to news radio stations or scroll through news.com.au to peruse the day’s headlines before heading to class.
READ A BOOK
Whether you’ve got a YA novel you’ve been meaning to read or some last minute readings you need to get done for that tutorial, the time you spend waiting for the bus as well as on the bus are great. I personally have just finished The Selection series by Kiera Cass so I’m on the hunt for a new novel! Any suggestions?
MAKE CONVERSATION WITH SOMEONE
Last but not least, the classic ‘start a conversation with the person next to you’ tip! In all seriousness though, this is actually the best way to make your time on the bus fly by while also instilling some good old human interaction into your day. While it might be tempting to just go with the first four methods, this one is by far the most rewarding. I usually strike up conversations with people at the bus stop who are clearly waiting for the same H20C bus (the ONLY bus that goes to my university) and are therefore clearly uni students (Aha, already have something in common!).
I have only been at university for ten weeks and have already met an array of people from one girl who changed from IT to law and arts and had a gap year in Italy to another who studies psychology but was lugging a heavy bag of cognitive neuroscience textbooks for her older sister. There are so many interesting stories to be heard and so many interesting people to meet out there so get out there and start talking to people!