By Erin L. Berry
In our last Commuter Corner, I gave you a few tidbits that I hoped have started to assist you in your academic journey as a commuter student. This week is no different, I have discovered and come to a few more realizations that I believe should be shared and considered. So, shall we?
1. The Library...It's there for a reason.
As a commuter, a lot of us are coming straight from work, or another part of life that leaves us somewhat detached from the on-goings of campus. So, to re-attach yourself to campus and to the main focus that you are at Bowie...your EDUCATION! I encourage you to get reacquainted with this resource. In the library you'll discover a myriad of opportunities from the circulation desk to the general stacks (where the books are kept) to the study rooms and tables that are on every floor for students to study and do work.
- Follow the Yellow Brick Road...well Sort of.
Now, there may not be per se a yellow brick road nor do I believe that Dorothy or the Cowardly Lion will join you on your journey, but whether you have to grab a buddy or go about it in your lonesome, it's important to learn where everything is on campus. Just in case. There are a few larger than life maps that are strategically placed throughout campus to assist you on this quest, so don't fear because they're really easy to read and interpret. Through pursuing and following through with this exercise you'll not only be somewhat familiar with all of the buildings on campus, but this may open up opportunities for you to network with other students, faculty and staff as well.
- Take Advantage of Commuter Opportunities.
Did you know that Bowie State University actually had a special place designated for commuter students? Well if the answer is "NO," don't feel bad, because you're not alone. The Office of Commuter Affairs and Community Services is located in The Wiseman Center (another spot on campus for you to check out) in Suite 137 and is dedicated to address the needs of commuter students. The Office of Commuter Affairs and Community Services offer programs and special events that are dedicated just to commuter students. Some of the events include: Night Class Socials, Commuter Appreciation Banquets and forums like Good Morning Commuters.
4. Sign up for the BEES Network.
I actually kind of just fell into this myself while browsing the school website on afternoon. The BEES network which stands for BOWIE STATE UNIVERSITY ELECTRONIC EMERGENCY SYSTEM is a network dedicated to giving you the most important information in a campus emergency. This network lets you know if classes are cancelled/ delayed or if there are any weather precautions or safety concerns on campus. It's really simple to sign-up. All you have to do is go to (http://www.bowiestate.edu/BEES/) and sign-up. The network gives you the option of putting in your cell phone number and e-mail address to help keep you abreast of situations as they occur. And, since you are a commuter student, I would advise that you sign-up for this program ASAP. I have signed up for the network through my cell phone and have already received a text messages that have notified me about the weather and other concerns on campus.
I hoped that these have helped and continue to look forward to more information as we transition through this semester!