Editor's Note: We asked Sturgis Charter School's Jeffrey S. Hyer to ask a couple of his students to write a feature for CapeCodToday.com about their experiences commuting to school using a Public Transportation bus. This is the second of two features.
By Miguel Cruz
Sturgis is known for its history with public transportation, whether it be the CCRTA or the Plymouth & Brockton buses. In years past many students who attended Sturgis have had to walk from the Hyannis Transportation Center or have been dropped in front of the school. Public transportation is different from the yellow school bus.
I have had the pleasure of being able to ride the Plymouth & Brockton since my freshmen year. When I first approached the bus stop at the park and ride in Sagamore I felt very awkward. Until that point in my life I had always been a yellow school bus kind of guy. I felt as if going into a huge mystery. I did not know what to expect. Public transportation is something that most of us are not accustom to.
I was used to a car or a yellow school bus bringing me places. Public transportation is something that many people have to utilize when traveling to and within cities. Using the Plymouth & Brockton was something I did not know that I would ever utilize to go to school. Many kids in cities like New York use multiple means of public transportation in one day to get to and from school everyday.
As a freshmen you definitely have the most confidence in the world. As a freshmen I entered that bus seeing familiar faces and people that were headed to work. I have to admit I was a bit intimidated. I had to find my way through many kids and bags. I found seat next to one of the few commuters present on the bus. I sat silently for the remainder of the ride. I had no words to utter.
As I got out of the bus I followed a huge group of students walking towards Sturgis. I found a few friends from the past and went with the flow. As a whole experience I would say that public transportation is going with the flow.
I have gotten used to the route and system of the Plymouth & Brockton buses. Sturgis has recently developed a system with the bus company so that the students do not have to walk 3 blocks to school. There is nothing wrong with exercise just time consumption and tardiness. Sturgis has consistently worked with the Plymouth & Brockton to make sure that a bus is exclusively for students.
The bus is very efficient, now picking up Pope John Paul students and still resulting in all students being early within a 10-15 minute time period. Public transportation has been made a part of my life and I am grateful for things that can help the public such as the Plymouth & Brockton.
Going to Sturgis is a wonderful thing. The experience you have on the bus betters you for real life in a way. It allows you to adjust or not to adjust to an uncomfortable situation. I have gotten used to something and therefore it has become easy. I use the public bus everyday to get to school and I don’t know where I would be without it.
Biography – Miguel Cruz
I have been a member of the student newspaper Sturgis StormWatch at Sturgis since I was sophomore. I am currently a junior and 16. I love stories, writing, sports, movies, music and long walks on the beach. I like to write for StormWatch because it opens up opportunity and because I can express facts and myself. I love feature articles and general news about students which craft our school. I like to write about and announce at some sports games that we broadcast with our podcasts.
The first Sturgis CCRTA story by Katie Curran is here.