For most college students, living in the dorms is the perfect opportunity to live alone, create a home away from home, and learn how to function as an adult. Where going to early morning lectures, even in bad weather, are a breeze because the convenience of living in dorms makes it possible to sleep in a little later and still wake up in time to make it to class. But, as is the case with many colleges that offer residence life, it's not cheap and not easy to maintain when going to a 4 year college. Then, dorm students will need to make the transition from living on campus to commuting to campus. Unless students are going somewhere close to home, just hearing the words commute and college are enough to make any student go crazy as they catastrophize planning classes schedules, looking up nearby bus and train routes, and whether or not they'll have time for breakfast. But as hectic and nerve wracking as all of this sounds, it's not as nightmarish as its made out to be. It's all just a matter of preparedness, careful planning, good time management, and remembering to pack a lunch.