Starting your first semester at college is similar to your first day of high school in the
regard that the campus seems like a maze. The same way freshmen wander the halls of their high school, college freshmen looking for the gym end up in the library. Navigating campus quickly involves knowing where to go and how to get there. Many schools don’t allow freshmen to bring cars to school, which is a turnoff for many. I’m here to tell you a car is completely unnecessary freshman year. I go to Florida State University and lived in a dorm my freshman year with a meal plan so my circumstances might be different than some. Regardless, I’m currently a sophomore and am glad I still do not have a car up here in Tallahassee.
The optimal way to navigate campus is a scooter, bike, bus, or just walk. Freshman year, my dorm was in the heart of campus, all of my general education classes were no more than a five-minute walk, the cafeteria was a couple hundred yards away, and walking across campus only took 20 minutes. My friends car sat in the garage until someone talked him into packing his car five people past the legal limit and driving to the beach. I currently live off campus and can walk to my classes in 15 minutes or bike/scooter ride in five minutes.
My preferred method of transportation is scooter because you avoid sweating and the heat in the fall and spring. Instead of laboring up Tallahassee hills, I can cruise in style with one of my buddies on the back of a stylish Chinese manufactured moped. The cost is extremely low compared to a car and much easier in traffic and for parking.
Although scooters are dangerous, I personally like taking backroads and try to avoid main roads to minimize risk. Getting around campus is easy and efficient if you know the fastest route and best transportation. I urge kids to leave cars at home but every school and situation is different.
There are some instances that a car might help. For example, if a student doesn’t have a meal
plan, a car definitely helps getting groceries, but there are ways around that. I recommend
students leave their car at home but in the end, take a realistic look at your school and make an