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The Commute: 2-21-14

6:59 am – I brush off the fresh layer of snow on my car.

7:05 am – I take a detour to my mother’s work place due to a malfunctioning railroad crossing signals.

7:21 am – An intersection has non-operating traffic lights.

7:26 am – I drop off my mom at her work.

7:33 am – I enter I-294 Southbound.

8:00 am – I reach my destination, Elmhurst College.

8:05 am – I walk into Elementary Statistics as Dr. Stock returns last session’s quizzes.


Yes, I was late to my 8 am class. I’m sure that I was not the only student to be late to their classes today. As a commuter, I try to arrive to campus at least half an hour before the start of class. Road conditions and traffic are unpredictable especially this winter (the third snowiest and the eighth coldest winter in Chicago according to the Chicago Weather Center). Even though it’s cold, I feel safe that I can call Campus Security for assistance if my car battery requires a jump-start. I thought about having an air mattress in the trunk of my car in case a snowstorm prevents me from driving home. I think, “Well at least there will be fewer disturbances on the road after the winter!” This will probably be false because there are a plethora of potholes that needs filling, roads that require repaving, and city infrastructures that will be overdue for repairs in the spring. The next time the road slows you down, remember this quote from Lily Tomlin:

“The road to success is always under construction.” To all commuters, I remind you to be safe!