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From where are we commuting? [Front of the room] Commuting from North of Boston? Sit in the front 2 rows Commuting from Boston or nearby? Sit in the middle.

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1 From where are we commuting? [Front of the room] Commuting from North of Boston? Sit in the front 2 rows Commuting from Boston or nearby? Sit in the middle 3 rows. Commuting from South of Boston? Sit in the back 2 rows. [Back of the room]

2 Quick Speed-Friending! 0 Get into groups of 4-5 with students sitting near you. 0 After you have found a group, introduce yourselves. 0 Who is the youngest? 0 Youngest person raise your hand! 0 Here come the speed-friending questions…. 0 You have 5 minutes… 0 Each person should have a chance to answer all 3 questions.

3 @WITcommuters Commuter Student Programs Student Session 2014

4  >30% of students commute to Wentworth  Over 250 first year commuter students  Average commute: minutes  Total time on campus: 11+ hrs/day  Outside the classroom: 3-4 hrs/day  ½ of commuter students have a work-study job on campus.  ½ of commuter students have a job off-campus.

5  How does Commuter Student Programs assist?  Offer discounted MBTA passes  Free lockers on campus  Programs during the day and early evening  Commuter Assistants – experienced commuters!  Additional study hours/spaces  1:1 meetings and drop-in office hours  Advocate for commuter students  Assist with off-campus living

6 Consider cost, time, class/work schedule, and personal preferences.  Drive  Parking permits available for $200/semester  Purchase through LConnect or in Student Service Center  MBTA  Discounted t-passes on sale July 1 st at Info Hub or 013 Flanagan (Mallory’s office)  Credit/debit, check, Fenway cash – no cash.  Deadline: August 1st

7  Sign-up for a locker during the first week of classes at the Info Hub desk in the ground floor of the Flanagan Campus Center.  Must have your WIT ID to verify commuter status  Lock included  Locations: ▪ Beatty ▪ Rubenstein ▪ Watson ▪ Annex

8  Located at 610 Huntington Ave.  Available 24/7 –  Blue lights/info buttons around campus  Provide escorts to car and/or nearest t-stop  Blue lights/info buttons around campus  RAVE text message alerts  Work closely with Boston Police Department

9  Multiple options…  Cafeterias: MassArt & Beatty (and the C-Store)  Put $$$ on your WIT ID card. ▪ Fenway Cash on your WIT ID card. (www.fenwaycard.com)www.fenwaycard.com ▪  Good ol’ fashion cash and debit/credit cards are accepted.  Bring your own lunch – most affordable option. ▪ Mini fridge in pool room. Microwaves in café.  Off-campus eateries close by.  Meal plans are available for commuter students if interested

10  Be Productive  Library  Studio/Lab  Work-study job  The Learning Center (4 th floor, Beatty Hall)  Meeting rooms  Empty classrooms  Quad  Commuter Study Space  Breakout spaces  Intercultural Center  Just Relax and Enjoy  Cafeterias  Tansey Gym  Quad  Flanagan Campus Center: ▪ Breakout spaces, pavilion seating ▪ Pool room ▪ Schumann Fitness Center ▪ Meditation Room/Intercultural Center

11  Plan social & educational programs.  Advocate for commuters.  Hold office hours to answer questions and provide resources.  Create a commuter community on campus  Collaborate with services and organizations to introduce involvement opportunities to commuter students. Erica A. Sovathya S. Susan N.

12  Tuesdays!  Commuter Connection Activities  Trivia, Service Projects, Basketball Tournaments, etc.  Wednesdays!  Commuter Coffee Breaks  Thursdays!  Faculty Lunches  Third Thursday Commuter Student Lunch  Commuter Appreciation Breakfast  Pool Tournaments  Also – campus wide evening & daytime programs!

13  Facebook Groups:   Wentworth Class of 2018 Facebook  Twitter & And more!  Campus Update s (Mondays)  Commuter Blog (blogs.wit.edu)  Posters, table tents, Info Hub desk  Stall Street Journal bathroom flyers!

14  Show up to class on time  Attend & participate in campus events  Get involved in something early  Apply for a work-study job on campus   Form study groups  Hang out with friends in residence halls  Communicate with parents/family

15  Can commuter students be involved on campus? ABSOLUTELY!  Join clubs  Get involved in your major  Start a club  Do community service  Create campus programs  Find a work-study job  Attend Wentworth Student Government  Apply to be a student leader! RA, Orientation Team, Career Peer, etc!

16  Time Management  Talk to your parents/family  Study & homework habits  Friends on campus and at home  Commuting travel time

17  Ask a student leader for help  Orientation/WOW Team, peers in class, upperclass students  Info Hub desk attendants  Commuter Assistants  Ask a faculty or staff member for assistance  Leopard Link, Professors, First Year Seminar Instructors, Coaches  Dean of Students (office)  Departments, offices.  Use technology  Websites, , and social media.

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19  MBTA t-pass deadline  Friday, August 1 st  Wentworth Opening Week (WOW)  September 4th-7 th (Thurs-Sun)  Check-in opens at 12pm on Thursday, 9/4  First Day of Class & Locker Distribution  Monday, September 8th

20 Mallory Pernaa, Coordinator of Commuter Student Programs 013 Flanagan Campus Center, Beatty Hall What questions can I answer?

21  First Week of Class – Daily Coffee Breaks  September 3 rd -6th, 9:30am-10:30am  Hot chocolate, coffee and tea  Flanagan Campus Center Ground floor  Commuter Connection Activities every Tuesday  Sept. 10 th, 17 th, 24 th  Commuter Student Social  September 12 th  Commuter Lunch – every Thursday  Faculty guests  3 rd Thursdays – just commuter students getting together.  Commuter Appreciation Breakfast!  September 18 th, 7:30am-10:30am  Multi-Purpose Room – Back of Cafeteria


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