For many Michigan students, a day on campus is spent within the safe confines of State, North University, South University and Church streets. For medical and art students, athletes, engineers and that unlucky freshman in Bursley, a journey to the far reaches of campus isn’t a rare event.
For some, a trip on a campus bus is a torturous venture to a faraway land, and for others, it’s a quiet ride through campus giving a glimpse of the changes around town. I find myself in the latter group. I’ve been bussing daily for four years, watching buildings grow from holes in the ground to giant snakes of glass and steel.
It’s on these daily rides that I’ve built a mental list of all the tips and tricks that help make bus rides smooth and enjoyable. With my days on the buses dwindling, I felt it would only be right to pass along this stash of hints and rules.
Above all else, follow two simple rules: Do not be in the way, and pretend everyone on the bus is your grandma. Use these as your rubric for courtesy and you’ll notice fewer Death Stares in your direction.
Don’t get on the bus until everyone who’s getting off the bus has done so. Think about it this way: Where do you want the traffic jam? In the tiny claustrophobic bus or in the wide openness of the sidew