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Getting to School the Long Way

By Ryan Cen

How long does it take you to get to school every day?  For some of us it takes as long as two hours, while others arrive within minutes of leaving the house.  I asked a few students some questions about their lengthy commutes.

Arthur Yu. Photo by Ryan Cen.

Arthur Yu commutes from Cupertino everyday to and from school by Caltrain.  It takes him about an hour and ten minutes in the morning, and about an hour and forty five minutes in the afternoon.  ”I wouldn’t mind if it was 15 minutes, because where I lived, schools were within 15 minutes, but Cupertino’s district is rigorous, competitive, and [has] less opportunities.  I saw more potential in d.tech,” he responded. When asked about his thoughts on his commute, he stated that the hardest part about his commute is that if you aren’t feeling good, the long commute does not tend to help with your state.  “One time it was raining so I packed waterproof everything.  Even though I prepared, it was so windy the umbrella killed itself and I was wet all the way back,” he reminisced.

Brandon Rodriguez. Photo by Ryan Cen.

Brandon Rodriguez, a sophomore, has a similar experience.  He’s in a four person carpool from Half Moon Bay.  “Once, when my dad was driving, the fourth person in the carpool made us wait forty-five minutes, and we had to go looking for him, and it turned out he was just talking to the teacher or something unlucky,” he recounted.  It takes him as long as an hour to commute each direction.  He feels that it takes way too much time out of his day and it is too crowded in the car with four people.

Lucas Wieser. Photo by Ryan Cen

Lucas Wieser starts his day in Montara at 6:30 a.m. in order to get to school on time.  It takes him an hour and thirty minutes to get to d.tech in the morning due to traffic.  He takes a carpool with other kids from Montara.  When I asked for his thoughts on his commute he responded, ”Pretty long drive, but I think it’s kind of worth it because I like d.tech.”  Wieser told me that the hardest parts of his commute are traffic and waking up early.  I asked him if there were any funny stories from his commute and he recalled, “For intersession one week, I had to go to the Visa building [in Foster City] and we accidentally drove over the San Mateo Bridge and it took us like another 30 minutes to get back.”

Jose Obregon. Photo by Ryan Cen

On the east side of the bay, junior, Jose Obregon starts his commute in Hayward.  He and his brother Luis, a freshman, take an hour long ride in his parents’ car to and from d.tech.  The ride length can vary, depending on the traffic, taking more than an hour on some occasions.  He mentioned that during one of his commutes, he actually saw a U-haul on fire on the San Mateo Bridge.  To him, waking up early and getting home late are disadvantages, but he doesn’t think they are necessarily difficult.

Up north in Berkeley, sophomore, Hanui Lee starts her commute from the West Oakland station and rides the BART for forty minutes to get to d.tech.  Her ride home takes her fifty minutes to get to Ashby station in Berkeley.  She feels like the commute isn’t that bad, and she uses her phone to pass the time, but if she misses the train then she is “in a pickle.”  “Berkeley High was not seeming adequate to the learning that I was looking for in my high school years, and I also think that d.tech is a unique school, and that having it on my college application will set me apart from the other applicants,” she replied, when I asked about why she came to d.tech from so far away.

While your commute may only be a few minutes from your house, many other students, like these five, spend a long time on their commutes.  It makes you realize how much they love this school to travel so far every day.

One thought on “Getting to School the Long Way

  1. This article really hit home with me. I personally have a long commute to school, about an Hour and a half each way. I think that the personal responses to questions were very interesting. I also happen to know Brandon and have heard those stories before. However, perhaps you should suggest a solution to the commutes or something along those lines.

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