January Term

So as a first year student at Elmhurst college, I had never taken a J-term before. A J-term or January Term is when you take one class for January. Some are every day, some are only a week long. I am taking Interpersonal Communication which is really interesting. Over J-term, it is less of a speech giving class and more of a psych class, but I’m fine with that either way. I find it very interesting because we go over a lot of different reasons people form, build, and maintain relationships. Not only romantic relationships but friendships and relationships with family members as well. We also read about different ways to communicate and how some are better than others. I find it really interesting and I would recommend it to anyone interested in this sort of thing!


My only complaint about this class is the time/commute. Although during the regular school year I live on campus, it would actually have been more expensive for me to live on campus for J-term than it would be to get a monthly pass for the Metra and commute. My class is Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11-3:45. Ideally, I would be able to sleep in, but my commute involves me taking two trains one way.


Let me explain. On the days I have class, I wake up at 5:30am, pick up my friend, and take the train to Union Station. Then we walk two blocks to Ogilvie Transportation Center which is the station that runs on the line to the city of Elmhurst. The train station at Elmhurst is about a ten minute walk to campus, which isn’t really that bad unless you take into account the -19 degree weather Emily and I had to walk in. At that point we get there about 8:15. Emily’s class starts at 9, but I don’t have to be at my class until 11. So why do I take such an early train you ask? Well, because we have to take two trains to get to school, when it isn’t rush hour, there aren’t as many trains, and if one of my trains are late, I may miss the connecting one. So yeah, it’s a whole ordeal. So what I usually do is let my wonderful friends still staying on campus in Stanger, my dorm, to let me in and then I sleep until it’s time for class. Then after class I get to walk to the train station, take that train, usually the 3:13 to Ogilvie, stop to get an Auntie Anne’s pretzel because they are sooooo good, then walk to Union again and hang out there awkwardly sitting in the food court and watching people until I meet my mom and we go home on the 5:18. So yeah that’s a whole ordeal, too.


I apologize if I seem like I’m complaining a lot but having a 2.5 hour commute one way to go to class for almost five hours and then take another 2.5 hour commute back is really, really tiring. I am exhausted and on my off days I try to relax and start the 10 page analysis paper due this Friday. I know, excuses excuses, but seriously, I am pooped!


Anyway, I hope you are all doing well, and I promise when I’m not so tired and overwhelmed I shall post more. Have a great rest of January and stay warm!