First and foremost I am writing this piece as a warning to all out there: YOU DON’T NEED TO HAVE A CAR AT UCLA! Ok yes, I’ll admit it. I have a really cool ride. Some might even say an envious one: a smooth riding, luxurious, Nissan maxima ‘98 edition, and despite what many have said, a very feminine car. (just look it up to imagine how cool I look) And yes, while I do love being able to get up and go whenever I want, I didn’t have a car until my senior year in college, and I am warning once again, DRIVING IN LA SUCKS!
“Now that’s a little harsh”, you might be thinking to yourselves, but I stand by it and nothing you can say can make me change my opinion! I held two internships this summer: one in downtown LA, and one in Santa Monica. In one week I would be driving on average, 9.5 hours. WHAT?!?!?!?! 9.5 x 15 weeks……That’s like wasting 6 WHOLE DAYS OF MY LIFE DRIVING IN LA TRAFFIC?!?!?! Ok I am having a minor panic attack right now.
My point is, that despite what people may say, you don’t need a car on campus. You will be saving yourself a lot of time (traffic moves slowly), and money (parking tickets), and avoid a lot of aggravation (people can’t really drive in LA). And besides, there are so many wonderful, cultural, and beautiful things to do locally! For example, the Getty!!!!
The other day I took my friend from home on an LA adventure, and her favorite thing that we did was our picnic at the Getty. The beautiful gardens set along side the architectural genius makes it the perfect place to kick back and relax, or catch up on some studies. Free to the public, we took advantage of the exhibit on Cuba and soaked up some cultural goodness.
So now I ask, “what have you learned from all this?” And your answers, I am sure, are that 1) Maddy is crazy, and 2) No need for a car when culture is near by!