If it's not possible for you to live on campus, there are things you can do to build a support network that will help you feel at home during your time at Mills. Being a commuter does not mean you have to miss out on the experiences that make going to college so great. You'll have the same opportunity as residential students do to get involved in campus activities and organizations, and we encourage you to take full advantage.
While meeting new people can be difficult—especially with residential students already familiar with each other from their hall interactions—a little initiative is all you need to introduce yourself to the person sitting next to you in class. Suddenly you'll find that you have a new friend. Or strike up a conversation with a professor, and you'll likely make a valuable, lifelong contact.
The following are important issues to consider in making your decision to live off-campus:
Consider how to get to campus, where to park, what to do if your car breaks down, what to do in bad weather, transit schedule changes, transportation costs, traffic, detours, and coordinating transportation time with class schedules.
Consider how to coordinate your roles of student, parent, spouse, employee, or employer, and volunteer work.
Consider how to negotiate with your family members and employers to get the support you need to attend college, find the time away to study, establish priorities, and get involved on campus.
Consider how to feel like part of the college community, making time to build relationships with people on campus, finding ways to get involved on campus, and keeping abreast of campus events and announcements.
If you are struggling with any of these issues, there are resources on campus to assist you. Stop by the Division of Student Life in the Cowell Building to learn more about your options and/or troublshoot your concerns.