Life Without Cars by Isabel Fernandez-Hernaiz


Trapped without bars or supervision. Unable to free oneself from the mocking shadows of the great halls of learning, ever taunting of one’s procrastination. Unsavory food is gorged down for a glimpse of a memory of better days. Begging for deliverance but the surrounding area is uneventfully helpful. Weeks go by and it all becomes a numbed routine with one thought in mind, what a difference a car would make.

In Santa Clara University, there is an insufficient amount of parking. Leading to the policy of no resident SCU freshman students are permitted to bring cars to campus during the entire year, beginning on the fall quarter and ending after the spring quarter. Stranded first-years are left to fend for themselves when it comes to transportation.

Leaving my car at home to be sold by my parents was very difficult. Not only did my personal mode of transportation vanish, I now was stranded in a campus that offered very little in regards to the option of places one could go with friends to release some stress. Yes, there’s Uber and the Caltrain, but what I most yearn for is the ability to pick up and go where ever I would like, no restrictions on the destinations and the control of changing said destination midway.

To put it in one word, the life in Santa Clara without a car is “limited,” as a fellow freshman loudly stated in an interview as she sat at a table in the lunch-hour craze of Benson.

“I feel trapped in a metal cage, like a mouse,” she explained, “there isn’t that much to do around here besides party.”

She fantasized the days in the future when she would be able to drive her own car and leave campus to go eat, visit, and explore something, anything else.

For other students without cars, life on campus doesn’t seem as limiting. “My life without a car in Santa Clara is not that different from the life I had at home,” said another first year.

Living only 45 minutes away, this student’s transportation options were much more accessible because her family so close and her sister works in Santa Clara.

“I get to go home on weekends, which doesn’t make me feel trapped at all by SCU, “ she explained.

Car, no car, the experience varies from different circumstances to different people, like most things in life. But at least for me, a car next year would definitely be a welcoming addition to my college experience.


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