After reading the Feb. 10 article “Inflated amenities prompt shuttle bus,” I found myself doubting the real-world abilities of Temple students.
Students living at Temple certainly live in an area lacking opportunities for the many natives of lower North Philadelphia, but they themselves cannot actually make these claims of missed opportunities.
As a junior who has lived on and around campus my entire time at Temple, including breaks and summertime, I can say that navigating the city of Philadelphia is not rocket science and buying affordable groceries sure isn’t either. If Temple Student Government thinks they are helping students by busing them to South Philly for shopping purposes, they are missing what it means to be in college in a city. They are missing that this is the time to become independent and accomplish very simple tasks like grocery shopping without the aid of parents or their school.
I realize that at first it takes longer than some might have in their schedules to bargain shop around the city’s stores, but once you learn which SEPTA routes to take and how far it takes you to walk or bike from different spots like Trader Joe’s to Reading Terminal Market, you get into a grocery shopping routine.
And by the way, Pathmark is only a 15-minute walk from the middle of campus, and I don’t know a student who wouldn’t benefit from a little stroll. It seems comical that I’m partially explaining how to purchase groceries in the city because to me, it seems so obvious that as a young person in an urban area, I must run trials and errors with everything that I do so as to learn the best way and become a capable person in an adult world.
All in all, I see this shuttle bus idea as one that encourages Temple students to be afraid of their surroundings and this city and to stay reliant on other people to help them with their everyday needs.
Audra T. Winn
Junior sociology and Latin American studies major