An alternative to walking

Students share the creative new ways that they get to school post-pandemic



Whether it’s by walking, biking or driving, there are a multitude of ways that students get to school in the mornings. 

Now that classes are no longer online, junior Mia Brigham takes an Uber to school.

“Waking up for online school was really easy. I would wake up 15 minutes before class, eat some food and then log on to class early because I didn’t really need to get ready,” Brigham said. “Now, I wake up at around 5:30 a.m. and pay for my Uber through the app, then I get ready. The Uber is there by 6:20 a.m. and I get to school by 6:30 a.m. for my zero period marching band. As I’ve done this more, it has become more efficient.”

Brigham misses the lenient wake up times during online school, and her schedule has changed “quite drastically” since in-person school has begun. So, she uses the time riding to school to relax and mentally prepare for the day.

Another student who has found a new way to get to school since quarantine ended is freshman Aiden Worthington. Since coming back to school this year, Worthington has begun riding an electric scooter to school.

“It’s such a pain waking up for zero period in the morning, but the good part is that I don’t have to walk anymore. I use my electric scooter instead,” Worthington said. 

More and more electric bikes and scooters can be seen at the bike racks at school as more students use them as a method of transportation.

Another way that students get to school is by carpooling, the way that freshman Kiera Miller uses to get to school in the morning.

“In COVID times, I woke up at 7:50 a.m. and then I went to my office where I did online school, but now I wake up an hour before that, at 6:50 a.m. I need, like, 20 minutes to actually wake up, and then I have to get dressed and get ready. Then, I leave for my carpool with my friend, Ariya,” Miller said.

Carpooling is an efficient way of getting to school for Miller. Knowing that she gets to see her friend before school is something that motivates her to get ready in the morning; it also makes getting to school more exciting, according to Miller.

Physically going to school in the morning also motivates sophomore Kate Jacoby to get ready for the day ahead of her. She gets driven to school by her parents and has felt more productive and energized overall than she did during online school. 

“Waking up during quarantine was terrible. I had no motivation, and I always slept in until five minutes before class,” Jacoby said. “Now, I wake up extra early so I can make it on time for school.”