By CHELSEA JONES
The transition from the back seat to the steering wheel is an important part of growing up, and getting a license one of the most important and prized milestones of adolescence. It’s an exciting time for many students, however with new stresses such as gas and parking it is not all fun and games. The excitement of new found freedom is liberating and students can all agree driving is a big change to their everyday lives. As the days go by more and more upperclassmen around Oceanside are passing their road tests and taking to the streets.
With driving comes independence, having the ability to go where you want, when you want. Just driving and picking up friends creates for small daily adventures. Between who gets in the car, the destination, to even what music is blasted through the speakers, every car ride holds so many possibilities. “You become reliant on yourself. I enjoy not having to call my parents when I want to get somewhere.” commented Emily Silver, a new driver at OHS, .
An advantage for upperclassmen is the freedom to leave for lunch and off periods during the school day. Those with a license, and a car, take groups of friends and head to nearby restaurants, coffee shops or even to their own homes. It’s great to have a break in the day. Knowing you’ll be going to Moe’s in just a few periods is something nice to look forward to.
But this youthful sense of independence comes with new responsibilities. Students have to start paying for their own gas. “I got a job because I knew I’d start spending extra money on things like gas and food when I drive around with my friends. I was lucky enough for my parents to buy me the car.” says Kayla Jones, a junior at Oceanside High School.
Parking is also a shock to the new drivers around school. There is a parking lot for students but it is specifically for seniors. And it’s definitely not the best idea for juniors to challenge this. Most juniors and even many seniors find themselves parking on the streets surrounding the school like Ralph, Benjamin, and Skillman. Those who wake up early enough and race to school are lucky enough to get a spot close by.
It’s a crazy feeling to look to the left and see your friend from elementary school driving the car. When you have memories of being in booster seats, the new reality of being at the wheel comes as a revelation. It is the realization that we are growing up. Students around the school are experiencing the stresses, excitement, and responsibilities of becoming new drivers.