by Lauren Towart | Staff Writer
Many privileges come with being a senior; like early release, no standardized testing, fun field trips, and a guaranteed parking pass. But some seniors don’t have the privilege of having a car. This is an inconvenience that more than just a few are faced with.
“I may have an event that I need to attend or I may want to hang out with friends, but sometimes my mom is busy, so I may miss out on that opportunity or have to call a friend for transportation,” senior Bria Woods said.
Given senior year isn’t all just fun and games, it can be difficult to get things like licensing done while coping with the stress of reaching a college’s expectations for SAT/ACT scores, volunteer work, extra-curriculars, and class rank. The stress of graduating and college can fill up a student’s schedule, leaving Driver’s Ed at the bottom of a student’s priorities.
“It could be because I’ve been too busy to take the driving course; I was already committed to other clubs and organizations so it can be difficult finding the time,” Woods said.
And for some, their car is waiting for them in the driveway-all that is needed is the license.
“I actually already have a car-just no license. I was in debate for three years, and we had events across town. My mom didn’t want me driving that far, so I decided to put getting my license off. I’ve already gone through three VOE’s!” senior Emily Gonzalez said with a laugh. “But as soon as color guard is over, I’m getting a job.”
It’s not uncommon to see a high school student working part-time to save up for that vehicle they have their eyes on.
“Right now I’m working at McDonald’s, mainly to save up for a car and pay for the gas and insurance,” senior Ryan Cook said.
Seniors have a lot on their plate as-is, and worrying about getting a car or license can seem like a hassle. But it seems like all of the negatives to being a senior without a car share one commonality.
“Sometimes my parents say no to taking me places, and I’ll have to ask for rides from my friends to take me places, like color guard practice,” Gonzalez said.