Keep Calm & Jam On

Hey Everybody!

This is my first time blogging for USG, and I’m beyond excited to be here!

I don’t know about you, but I have been stuck in enough traffic jams to strongly dislike them. My school and work are both at USG so I come here every day. Sometimes, seven days of the week. Without traffic, the commute takes about 45 minutes. With traffic, it takes me about an hour and a half. Trust me, it’s not fun at all.

I’m the kind of person who can’t sit still unless I’m focusing on something, so I came up with ways to make the traffic bearable. Can you relate?

Catch Up

I usually don’t have time to talk on the phone so I take full advantage of the morning traffic. I would call my friends and family. It’s especially convenient to call my family in Myanmar because it’s around the time when they’re relaxing after dinner.

Learn Things

Sometimes, I would listen to online lectures for my classes during traffic hour. This really helps when I don’t have time or I don’t understand the material thoroughly.

Be Silly

I get so bored being stuck in the car alone, so I like to be sociable. If people in the car next to me are looking at me, I smile or wave. Once in a while, I would roll my windows down and talk to them if they seem friendly enough.

Plan Ahead

I like to think about the things I need to do for the following week(s) and try to plan it out. It helps me with my busy schedule and keep me on track. By thinking and planning ahead, I am able to ration out the time frame for each task at hand.

Car Pool

It’s fun. It saves gas. It makes the time pass faster. The best thing is that USG gives out carpool permits so I can even park right next to Building 3 when I’m carpooling. 

Jam It Out

My personal favorite is to have a Karaoke session. Turn the music on loud and jam it out!

Thanks to all these little things, my traffic hours are less stressful and more productive. Hopefully, this will give you an idea or two on how to improve your long hours in the car too!

About Christine

Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Wonder (2017-2019)
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