Submitted by Justine Spirz
Moving away from home at a young age can be terrifying. Think about it. An 18-year-old college bound student will clearly be excited to experience new things and be independent, but for most, it’ll be the first year on their own, which can be nerve-racking. In my case, however, I will most definitely be excited about going on to college. As I grew up, I have always been a very independent child, even with the support of family members. I have always wanted to experience life on my own- without the guidance of my mother and guardians. Now, I am a high school senior at the Preuss School UCSD. In the fall of 2018, I plan to attend CSU San Marcos, which happens to be a commuter school. This means that most students do not live on campus, but get to the school by car or some sort of vehicle. For the longest time, my plan was to live at home and drive myself to school every week. However, as I get older, I realize how much of a struggle it is to own a car. I would have to pay for gas every day, pay insurance, I may run into car problems along the way, and I would need to pay for parking, regardless of which University I go to. It is stressful enough just thinking about how expensive it will be.
This reasoning has influenced me to give thought to the idea of living on campus instead of home, coming back to visit on weekends. The way I would be coming home would be way less expensive and a lot more eco-friendly than owning my own car. The campus of San Marcos has a transportation system known as the Zipper. The Zipper serves as the on-campus trolley that travels from Otay through Escondido. From Escondido, I would take a trolley and city bus home to City Heights. It is less expensive than owning a car because a Zipper pass is only 10 dollars a month and getting a day trolley pass is just $2.50. This is a lot better for one’s wallet than driving and owning a car, especially during college years. Students in college already have so much to worry about: grades, tuition, food, getting a job. They do not need the stress of taking care of a car on top of these responsibilities.
As an environmental science student, one thing that I value a lot is preserving nature and reducing climate change. By using the Zipper and other public transportations, students like myself would be limiting one sort of fossil fuel in this world by essentially carpooling, for cheaper than what it cost to produce the dangerous fossil fuels in an individual car. Public transportation is the way to an inexpensive and easy college journey.
Submitted by Justine Spirz
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