By Ryan Riboli

Sacramento State University student

As times times goes on the way college kids are living their lives continues to change as well. Ever since my first year of college, I have lived on my own in a four bedroom house with three of my best friends. Living within walking distance of school was nice; no traffic on the bike trails would allow me to wake up fifteen minutes before class and still make it on time. It  had been my dream to come and go as I pleased and live life the way I wanted. But with how high the cost of living is these days I decided to move in with my girlfriend and commute to Sacramento State and work from Rocklin.

I missed living with my friends and having the luxury of all the college experiences at my fingertips, but I decided if I wanted to grow up, saving money would be a great start. This was very out of character for me and my friends and family weren’t sure of my decisions, but I was ready to show them I was able to change.

I was used to barely ever using my car, unless I had to go to the grocery store, which was only a few times a month to begin with. Moving to Rocklin meant I had to face the fact that I’d be using my car much more than usual. Adding miles to my 2009 Nissan Altima scared me since I got it brand new and I did not like seeing those odometer numbers rise on my prized possession.

Now that began commuting to school, I realized that there are  many more students who commuted as well, which didn’t necessarily make my decision an easier one. I had to wake up much earlier to allow for the 30 minute drive I’d have to make just to get myself to Sacramento, through the traffic and to battle my way through the parking lots and garages and get myself to class on time.

When I made the decision to commute to school I hoped it would help me save money on living expenses, and for the most part it has changed. Going forward, if I really want to save money I will have to find a more efficient way to make the commute so that I can spare myself the steep cost of gas and the $300 parking pass that is needed to park on campus.

“I don’t think Sac State should be charging their students so much money for a parking pass,” says Evalyn Patten, another daily commuter. “I live at home in Elk Grove because of my financial situations so I have no other choice but to drive. To help out their students, the university should lower the cost of the pass and stop taking advantage of the large population of  school commuters,” Patten adds.

I hope that eventually a new and more student-related way of transportation will emerge and take the place of the limited local-only buses and carpools. Hopefully, we can find a way to help the large portion of outside commuters get to Sacramento State University at a m0re affordable manner.