The Trichotomy Of College Transportation

The Trichotomy Of College Transportation

Scooters are the best...but why?
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To go ahead and give you the answer that you want, here it is: SCOOTERS.

The best transportation for college students, out of the big three, is undoubtedly scooters. We will call these people “scooterers”.

BUT WHY? WHY NOT THE OTHERS??? But...but he was a sk8er boy? The Tour de France?

Nope, none of that is relevant. If you want the true, unabridged reasons as to why scooters are the best, then let me first explain why the others are not.

1. BIKES

Ok, so a bike is probably the least practical mode of transportation on a relatively tight campus (aka you don’t have to go miles for a class). What could possibly be wrong with a bike though?

  1. Bikes are big and have to be stored outside normally, this can often lead to bikes getting stolen.
  2. You are going to be late for class? Ok, so you rush over on your bike and you make it at 12:58pm, just before your 1pm class. You totally would have time to make it there on a scooter that you would just bring into the class to store, but alas, you have to lock your bike. Which could normally only take a minute, but then, oh no, you’re so rushed that you fumble and drop the key or something and it takes too long. BOOM, you're late.
  3. If you forget your key to your lock EVER, you are at risk for it to be stolen while you go inside wherever you go.
  4. Maybe you want to go pick up some food, but then you feel weird leaving your bike outside...even with the lock..a wasted trip.

While I made these sound like doomsday occurrences, I just wanted to drive the point home that bikes are generally a hassle, and other options are simply...simpler.

2. SKATEBOARDS

Avril Lavigne (the original one, not the new one...have you heard the conspiracy?) would have me beheaded if this were ancient times and she were a queen, but these are not ancient times. So, the queen can only watch in dismay as I outline why skateboards just aren’t the move.

  1. Admittedly, there are less reasons why skateboards aren’t the best choice, but there are still reasons...such as the sheer possibility of destruction to your body. What do I mean? Falling off the skateboard. It’s common, and I feel like I don’t need to describe, just ask a friend who skates.
  2. Skateboards are hard to ride for a lot of people. Keeping balance on two feet can be a task for even the most intelligent humans, so adding four wheels and a few inches of elevation to the mix does not help at all.
  3. ROUGH TERRAIN. May skaters beware...many schools and universities have weird or cracking pavement, brick, rocks, and other unfriendly topography that collegiate riders have to watch out for. The skateboard is the weakest link in this area, often resulting in a wipeout or the much more minor inconvenience disengagement of having to walk the distance of the rough patch.

3. SCOOTERS

Well hello, you have finally made it to the section where I explain the superiority of scooters. I must say, I have no feelings of animosity toward anyone who does not ride/use a scooter, but I think scooters have not been awarded their fare share of credibility, so I have to be extreme.

  1. Scooters are generally light-weight, portable, and can even be stylish. I have my own in hot pink, it consistently gets me looks. Those looks range from “heck yeah” to “I really was not expecting to be visually assaulted by this but...respect.”
  2. Scooters don’t need an extra lock or anything, so when you arrive to your class building 2 minutes before you need to go in, there’s no time wasted wasted locking it up outside!
  3. Unlike skateboards, scooters come with a convenient handle to hold onto. So, you can push with your feet and stare ahead to your destination without feeling like you are going to plummet to the hard and unforgiving ground beneath your speeding toes.
  4. ***IMPORTANT*** scooters, with LARGE WHEELS (like the Razor A5 Lux), can avoid the unsteadiness of uneven terrain and can generally glide over “bumpy bois” and other ground obstacles, as long as mild caution is used.

ALRIGHT, so if none of that convinced you to like scooters the most...it’s okay. Just give my fellow scooterer a break the next time you see one. These rides are eco-friendly and I support all of them, I just love my scooter too much to not let y’all know why it’s the best.

Have fun on the streets, sidewalks, pathways, etc...and remember, don’t text and ride!

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50 Common Pet Peeves

The things we love to hate.
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Pet peeves - those little annoyances that get under our skin and we just can't ignore, no matter how hard we try. Although everyone has their own unique pet peeves, there are a number of things which most people can't stand. Not only do we hate these things, but we love to bond over how much we hate them. It is surprising how entertaining it is to think of all the habits and activities that drive us mad. Take a second to think of your pet peeves. Now read on and see if any appear on this list of 50 common pet peeves (and be reminded of those pet peeves you forgot you have)! Share with friends and see how many people can't stand the same things as you!

  1. Slow walkers.
  2. The word “moist.”
  3. When a computer or phone won’t load a page fast enough.
  4. People who talk loudly on the phone.
  5. Noisy eaters.
  6. People who talk while their mouth is full.
  7. Couples who sit next to each other (instead of across from each other) in a booth.
  8. Having to repeat yourself multiple times.
  9. When the toilet seat is left up.
  10. When someone leaves the water running.
  11. When a light is left on in a room that isn’t being used.
  12. When someone messes with the car radio or AC without asking the driver for permission.
  13. Whiners.
  14. Slow drivers.
  15. Rude drivers.
  16. Sunlight creeping in through the window in the morning.
  17. When someone says “gross,” “ew,” “yuck,” or something else along those lines in reaction to a food you like.
  18. Tourists.
  19. People who interrupt when you are speaking.
  20. Being referred to as “boy” or “girl” when you are legally an adult.
  21. Loud noises on planes – crying babies, angry passengers, videos played over speaker.
  22. When people watch videos or listen to music on public transportation without using headphones.
  23. Know-It-Alls and Attention-Hogs.
  24. Getting gum on your shoe.
  25. Tapping, fidgeting, clicking pens, and bouncing knees.
  26. Smacking gum.
  27. Sucking at a straw until it makes that gross vacuum, slurping sound.
  28. When people clink their teeth on forks when they take a bite of food.
  29. Dirty dishes in the sink.
  30. When you’re talking to someone and they won’t stop staring at their phone screen.
  31. When someone says to a girl “Must be that time of the month…”
  32. When people talk over a movie or show…then ask “Wait, what happened? I’m confused.”
  33. When someone says “No offense, but…” and proceeds to say something offensive.
  34. Being chased down the stairs – When you are walking at a decent pace, but the person behind you is late getting somewhere, and they are barreling down the stairs after you. You start fast walking and pray that they pass by you, because you don’t want to die by stairway collision.
  35. When people sneeze or cough without covering their mouths.
  36. When motorcyclists or truck drivers rev their engines unnecessarily.
  37. When your door is closed, then someone walks into the room, but leaves the door open when they exit.
  38. When you’re in a public bathroom but there is no toilet paper in the stall.
  39. Buzzing noises.
  40. When you’re watching TV and someone turns on the garbage disposal, blender, vacuum, or another loud appliance.
  41. When nail polish chips or smudges right after you had your nails done.
  42. When someone says, “You wouldn’t believe what just happened,” and then they refuse to tell you.
  43. When someone bashes your favorite book/movie/show, but they’ve never even read/watched it.
  44. When you need an outlet to charge something, but there are none available or none exist.
  45. When you are wearing sunglasses or prescription glasses and the bridge of your nose builds up sweat and grease.
  46. When someone wakes you up in the middle of the night or ungodly early in the morning and asks, “Oh, did I wake you up?”
  47. When you have a roommate who is addicted to the snooze button, or who doesn’t wake up to their alarms, but you wake up…every…single…time.
  48. Slow elevators.
  49. When people stand too close to you in line so that they’re breathing down your neck. They inch closer and closer to the point that you feel claustrophobic, even when you typically aren’t.
  50. When people bite or pick their nails and it makes a loud *click* noise.
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Not Having The 'Picture Perfect' Body Shape Doesn't Mean You Can't Wear A Bikini

All shapes and size are acceptable and beautiful.

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Summer has finally come again and it's now the time where everyone regrets not working out to get their "perfect" summer body. I'm here to say that these summer bodies everyone has been talking about are an unhealthy way to look at yourself and can hurt one's body image. If you're a size zero, that's great for you. If you're not a size zero, that is still great for you. There is no defined size that is required to wear a bikini during the summer, and there shouldn't be these unrealistic society norms on who can and can't wear them.

My entire life I was never worried about my size or how I look in a clothing item such as a bathing suit during the summer. I had always maintained a small figure from being active in grade school all the way through high school. Now that I am in college with no daily or weekly (and sometimes even monthly) exercise routine, I have gained weight and started to feel self conscious in what I look like in certain items that show my stomach. I don't look like the swimsuit models that are posted all over Instagram and started to feel that when summer came along I shouldn't be caught dead in a bathing suit or a shirt that showed any part of my stomach. I was beginning to feel bad about my body image because I didn't have the body shape or size that is considered to be a "society norm" and let it get to me. This is when I knew I needed to change my mindset, and not my physical appearance.

Just because someone isn't a certain size doesn't mean they should be shame into not wearing something they like or makes them feel good about themselves. Summertime is all about being in the sun at the beach or at the pool and getting a tan and getting in the water. This things require a swimsuit of some sort. The size and shape of someone's body shouldn't put a restriction on what type of bathing suit they choose to wear, and no one should comment on how they look in it in a negative manner. For some people, it's hard to lose weight just as it is hard for some people to gain weight. Society is always making remarks about girls being "too small" or "too big" or comments that are similar to those and it's putting a negative effect on how women view themselves which makes it harder for them to have a sense of self love.

Let a woman feel good about herself in what she's wearing no matter her size and leave the rude comments to yourself. Whether she is a size 0 or greater, she is still adding beauty into the world. If you want to wear a bikini, then do it. Don't let the negative people in society harshen your summertime fun.

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