When being polite may count the mostFebruary 13th, 2012 | News | No Comments »
Story and image by Brea Bartholet.
Where has all of the decency gone? Why are some students, and please make it clear that I’m not talking about everyone, being so inconsiderate? It seems as though making extra room on the Taunton East and West buses for one another is just too difficult. I wasn’t aware that being polite was such a nuisance.
I’m identifying this bus line because I have been on others, such as the Simcoe and Rossland. I’ve never experienced the lack of consideration on those buses as much as I have on the Taunton line, however I am going to make the assumption that this is because the Taunton line is the busiest route for students.
I have taken the Taunton line for the past three years, and it never surprises me when I see students ignoring the fact that they could be moving to the back of the bus to make room. Honestly, I think it’s a little concerning that I actually expect to see this sort of behavior everyday. A large majority of this school relies on transit, and I don’t see why we all can’t accept the fact that the bus is going to be full; it’s the same routine everyday, and some people seem to act surprised that they are stuck standing on their bus ride home.
It never changes, and it never will. If you’re having a bad day, please don’t take it out on others. I’ve had days when I’ve been in a sour mood, yet I’m still polite enough to move my bag off of the seat next to me so that someone can sit down. That’s another big one I’ve noticed: students leaving their bag beside them and refusing to move it. Listen, it’s not difficult to pick it up and put it on your lap. Try and think about everyone else around you who may be having a stressful day as well. We all want to get home quickly, and if possible, comfortably.
I understand that when the bus isn’t full, people stand where they please, or place their bag on the seat beside them. I admit I do the same, but it’s because I’m aware of my surroundings. Students should take a minute to think about it. The next time you have the chance to move down the busa isle, or move a bag from the seat beside you, please do so. We’re college students, so being considerate to others shouldn’t be a chore. It should be expected.