Main Question or Discussion Point
2 hours? (1 hour there and back)
Specifically...What other people think is a long commute isn't really relevant to you. What matters is what you consider to be a long commute.
It's easier to use this time well (since you aren't the one driving). I know some former graduate students who used bus or train time really efficiently (grading students' papers while they were TA's, and reading research articles they'd printed out or stored on their computers while they were RA's). Some of it depends, however, on the quality of your public transit. Both of the cities in my example above had clean, air-conditioned passenger cabins with plenty of other commuting people also trying to use the time efficiently. If the city in your question uses public transit only as a means to move poor people around and doesn't have reliable air-conditioning, let alone vehicles, you might have problems using your time well.No cars, let's pretend our only option is public transit.
This shouldn't be a problem for me since my parents had nothing on me as a young child, lol... so they left me alone (pretty much gave up). I decided to be "my own parent" now even though I'm 20. The reality check came at a late age.- you generally need more self-discipline to do well