Transportation woes for nursing students - page 2

Granted some college students can afford a car but not all can. For those who do not have a car, how do you cope with transportation? What's going to be the first thing you purchase after... Read More

  1. by   citylights89
    This was me during nursing school! 1.5 hrs both ways to school Let's not even get started on clinical mornings. now I just graduated yesterday so that is no more! My dad had got me a car and I got my license a yr ago next week so it really help cut down on my transportation time. I still rode the bus to school several times out the week bc gas got expensive and I have a V6 sedan and my school is kinda far from my house. I cut corners when I can.
  2. by   markkuss
    Right!?!
    A day to school easily costs me 20 bucks! (that's $100/week in gas)
    And I'd be lucky if I had a choice of public transportation, even if a slow one... I'd at leastbe able to sleep/study on the bus/train... here I'm just stuck behind the wheel, fighting off the "zzz's" on the highway.
  3. by   tothepointeLVN
    I almost bought a pony but broke my arm so no pony for me. Yes I'm totally serious.
  4. by   FutureNeoNursing
    The first thing I'm going to buy once I graduate and get employed is definitely some better transportation for my daughter and I :-) I don't mind public transportation but living in the windy city,the winter can be crazy! Trying to walk and catch buses at certain times can be annoying..After that, I will defintely put a downpayment on a nice house in the burbs.
  5. by   CrazierThanYou
    The first thing I am going to buy is somewhere else to live.
  6. by   kbellows
    My husband promised me a new vehicle, of my choice, when I graduate. Seeing as I start my program August 28th, I have plenty of time to decide what I want!
  7. by   Ruby Vee
    I rode my bicycle everywhere until I started having clinical in towns 25 to 30 miles away. Then I finally had to buy a car. I bought an old beater from a retired woman who was going to the nursing home. I couldn't afford insurance, so I let my then-boyfriend register it in his name (despite the acute embarrassment he claimed) and added it to his parents' policy under the family plan. I could JUST afford the premiums then. And when the transmission fell out of that on my way home from clinical one day, I took a page out of my Dad's book, and bought a car from the local junk yard. It cost $50 and lasted until I finished nursing school. I sold it to my father for $100 and bought a brand new Honda Civic when I got my first paycheck.

    The then-boyfriend is ancient history, but I just got a letter from his father yesterday.
  8. by   runforfun
    Props to everyone who bikes to school! I can't imagine biking to school with my backpack, It's huge and heavy, and almost never the only bag I have to carry. I seriously considered the long bike ride to school until my first day of classes, when I realized it was better for my back to not even try.
  9. by   smtha620
    hmmm... first paying off some debt... then stocking the fridge and pantry and i hope I never ever see another package of ramen noodles...
  10. by   tothepointeLVN
    I can't even ride a bike and trust me I've tried.
  11. by   ajjones1322
    Hello all. You can take the bus--and read. Nursing does require a lot of studying to get through the program. However, if clinicals are involved at 6 am you will need a car to move around. So you may want to make sure you are prepared because some areas don't have bus service when you need it where you need it.
  12. by   Soon2beNurseAshley
    Once i graduate && have a job, i will buy a house <3
  13. by   gdgrrrl
    My student loans are mostly for gas and groceries. $125 a week in gas to go my 60+miles day. I manage to feed our fam of 4 w 100 per week including diapers. I'd take pub trnsprt but live in a rural mountain area and that's not an option. I photocopy, use library, and used/previos version books. Transport costs more than my tuition and books!

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