Living in Williamsburg this summer has been great for my independence, especially having to work full-time at the Admission Office and actually cook for myself. However, despite all this independence, I feel more dependent on others than ever before. Why? I don’t have a car. While this might not seem like a big deal, I have to specify that I live off-campus, and that it would legitimately take me two hours to walk to campus if I tried. Suffice to say, I have been very dependent on the bus system and friends with cars, but mostly the latter. This is especially true on those days when I miss the bus, try to chase it, stop, and then realize that it’s the last bus of the day and that I need to call a friend. I have been so thankful for the voice on the other end of the line saying: “I’ll be there in five minutes”. So, while not having a car has not been ideal, I’ve been fortunate enough to have friends who’ve made my car-less summer more manageable.
For freshmen and sophomores who might be a little apprehensive about not having a car on campus: don’t worry! In fact, use not having a car as an opportunity to get to know your upperclassman friends. You’ll be surprised what you can learn about someone just by getting rides from them – I would know.
So, I couldn’t end my blog post without saying thank you to my summer chauffeurs. You know who you are, and I am glad you offered me rides when it was raining cats and dogs, when it was way too dark to walk from the bus stop to my house, or when you just felt like being a good friend. I don’t know how, but I hope to one day return the favor. Thank you!