I'd Rather Take The Bus Than Never Find Parking At FSU

You wake up on time to get to class, you get dressed and have some coffee and are having a pleasant morning. You drive to campus listening to your favorite music and thinking about your upcoming test when you notice the masses of people fighting for parking in the garages. You take a few laps around the garage and realize it's futile, so you drive to another one. Your class is about to start, and you're starting to stress about finding a spot. The next garage is no different, dozens of students zipping up and down the garage, horns and blinkers like words and obscenities.

We've all been there. You can ask someone if they are leaving, but odds are that they don't want to give up their spot. People will go to their car for everything except to leave: they'll eat, change clothes, read their textbooks, drop something off, or sleep. People will go to their car to crawl onto the backseat with a blanket and take a nap! I have seen this on more than one occasion.

While I enjoy the convenience of occasionally bringing my car to campus, there are better ways to get around. The first is to use your legs; walking to campus is enjoyable and relaxing. You get to join thousands of other students walking through FSU's beautiful campus. I've met many people this way; walking in the same direction makes it easy to strike up a conversation.

Walking to campus from your place of residence is not always feasible. Inclement weather and a far distance from where you live can keep you from walking to school. Luckily, the bus is reliable. It's consistent and air-conditioned and helps get you to and from campus with ease. You don't have to worry about finding parking and or finding your car after class. Walking to the bus stop to take the bus to campus makes going to school an occasion; it feels intentional and goal oriented, like being on campus is specific and calibrated, and not just like you're going "because you have to go to class."

By far my favorite way to get around is bicycling. Being so busy, I sometimes don't have time to work out during the day and having my bike on campus is a good way to ensure I'm staying active. Tallahassee weather is usually nice, and it makes it a joy to breeze through campus on a bike. Plus, it's faster than walking.

If you don't want to bike to campus because it's far or hilly, take the bus. Just hop the bike on the bus hitch and ride the bus to campus. This is my preferred way to get around, it's fast and convenient while on campus, and reliable for off campus. I have freedom and speed without having to stress over a parking spot. Sure, sometimes my legs burn and sometimes people don't know how to walk through Legacy Walk, but it's a small price to pay for never having to fight for a parking spot.

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