Your College Commute Can Take You For A Ride
There are many ways that you can get to and from class, and each method of commuting has pros and cons – both for your time and your wallet.
Ah, my college commute…
“You should have taken the T!” my friend said to me as she suppressed her giggles. I walked into the lobby of Questrom School of Business, previously known as SMG, soaking wet. My jeans stiff with water and my shoes squeaking below me, I made my way up the grand staircase to accounting.
I left my dorm at 10:15 that morning, giving myself 45 minutes to get to my class, which was approximately 1.1 miles away. I was braced with my plaid Izod raincoat and black rain boots, but apparently that was not enough. Between the wind, the rain, and the rush of cars that I had to pass while walking down Commonwealth Avenue, I was drenched. The rain had soaked through my pants and my jacket, and I was ready for the day to be over.
As winter approaches, one of the biggest obstacles students across America face – especially in northern regions – is how to get to class.
College students face thousands of life-changing decisions each school year. Although figuring out how to get to and from class may not seem all that important, I can assure you – it is.
Most college campuses provide some sort of college transportation system.
Speaking from experience, I know that these are not the most convenient ways to get around campus. They’re often jam-packed with students and, very often, “out of service” right when you’re running late.
“Why didn’t you just bring your car up to school with you?” my friend asked me. She goes to Binghamton. She lives in an off-campus apartment and is able to park her car in her building parking garage. I, on the other hand, am stuck trying to find a place to put my bike without somebody stealing my seat.
What many people don’t understand is that parking is not usually guaranteed when you are a full-time student at a college or university.
PARKING CAN COST AN EXUBERANT AMOUNT, AND IS OFTEN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO FIND, DEPENDING ON YOUR SCHOOL.
Many of my friends who do have cars at school take the risk of parking by meters during class time. They just hope that they will make it out of class in time to put more quarters in the machine.
Another factor that comes along with bringing a car to campus is the seasonal weather.
Although driving keeps you warm during the winter, it’s also extremely inconvenient when the 15 inches of snow stalls your car. This is something I’ve seen far too many times while making my way to class. Of course, this is not something that students from L.A. or Florida worry about – though they may have their own hold-ups due to traffic or hurricanes!
There is another way. With the click of a button, Uber will be at your door within seven minutes and bring you directly to your classroom. While you’re in the toasty warmth of Inez’s Toyota Camry, you watch your classmates brace themselves against the wind and think how lucky you are.
That is, until you get your receipt. What you failed to notice when you ordered your Uber was the 1.5x surge rate.
What you didn’t know was that there were over 50 other students in your building alone who had the same thought process as you, and therefore, Uber jacked up the prices for an hour, as everyone and their mothers had requested an Uber to get to class.
Your short 1.1-mile walk to class cost you a grand total of $27.53. “Oh well, it’s just one time,” you think.
Then we have those who will brace themselves against all odds – the true heroes, as I like to call them. The bikers, skaters, scooter-ers… These people will stop at nothing to take their wheels to class. There could be a storm outside, but I guarantee that you’ll still see that boy with his Razor scooter making his way to class.
These people seem to have their lives figured out in a way that makes me envious and also scared.
The biggest risk is having their beloved “wheels” stolen. “My bike seat – it’s gone! Who would steal a bike seat at 10:30 in the morning? Why did no one stop them?” My friend demanded one cold fall morning after he noticed that his beloved bike was missing an extremely significant portion of its components. I guess the risk is worth the rush.