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Having a car at college ...

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  • BuckeyeMWDSGBuckeyeMWDSG Registered User Posts: 841 Member
    Talking to my kid about getting a parking pass next year to take a car to campus and he mentioned maybe he'd start ubering to pick up extra cash. Um, no! It made me wonder how many students are doing so for extra cash with their parents unaware.
  • toomanyteenstoomanyteens Registered User Posts: 1,006 Senior Member
  • blossomblossom Registered User Posts: 9,516 Senior Member
    My cousin did it although his parents knew about it. He mostly drove from campus to the airport, airport back to campus. Made some extra money; seems like it was at the expense of his social life and not academics. Wouldn't have been my first choice for an off-campus job though....
  • ordinarylivesordinarylives Registered User Posts: 3,192 Senior Member
    I had a nurse myself. I work at a school with a nursing program. Clinicals for one rotation were 90 miles away at the state mental hospital. Professors got students together to arrange car pools. Generally, clinicals are NOT scheduled overnight or into the wee hours as a member of the nursing faculty must be on site during the clinical, and your faculty aren't going to schedule those hours (although there's always that ONE).

    You talk about "heavy clinicals." I'm not sure exactly what that means, but as classes/theory are still required, it's hard to believe she's going to have them daily for a year. There probably is one semester that is just dreadful. If you don't want her to have a car for whatever reason, let her borrow one of yours for the dreadful semester and then take it back.

    No, a car is not absolutely necessary, but it is convenient. Up to you to provide, but if it were me, and I chose to provide one, I would be demanding she earn her own gas money at a minimum. That's got nothing to do with the bf, btw, just that I'm now an "Aww....honey....here's everything you may need" kind of parent.
  • fendergirlfendergirl Registered User Posts: 4,729 Senior Member
    Is this your daughter at York? I graduated from there about 15 years ago. Most students had cars back then... I would assume most do these days as well. I bought my own car when I was 16 and took it with me, but I know a few of my roommates had cars that their parents had bought them. I'm not sure what their rules were around driving places... but I do remember that it was usually me that drove us around. Probably because I was the only one with a job and money for gas. :smile: I guess my point is, if she doesn't have the money, she can't go far. :wink:
  • happymomof1happymomof1 Registered User Posts: 29,289 Senior Member
    You also can impose other reasonable restrictions such as no one else drives the car, ever, if you own and insure it.
  • MomOf3DDsMomOf3DDs Registered User Posts: 188 Junior Member
    We all worry about the choices our newly adult children will make while away at school. You have a semester without the need for the car while the boyfriend is out of school so I would take a more wait and see approach. Don't expect her grades to stay level and try not to blame it on the relationship. Nursing classes are a very different way of learning and she will be stressed enough without a lot of push back. My nursing major daughter joined a sorority this year (soph) and her grades dipped a bit. Did it have some thing to do with it? Probably, but not totally. She knows what grades she needs in the classes to pass (she needs at least a B- in all prerequisites and nursing classes.) You can have a talk during winter break if you find it necessary, with both of them if he is still in the picture.

    As for clinicals, it would be highly expensive for a college to provide transportation to them since each one usually has 10 or less students per section so there would be lots of different places various students would have to be. Perspective students know this and plan accordingly. They are usually also aware (or need to be) of the extra costs clinicals and nursing classes in general entail. It is not a cheap major.

  • okkkorniienkookkkorniienko Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    edited May 16
    I think if she studied good she deserved a car.But fust discuss some rules with her and everythin gonna be okey.
    And understand you couldn't control her just support.
    Post edited by MaineLonghorn on
  • natty1988natty1988 Registered User Posts: 460 Member
    @BuckeyeMWDSG I'm all for my kid working a bit in college to earn spending money and to help out with certain costs (as long as it doesn't affect grades), but I don't know how I'd feel about Uber or Lyft. Seems like it would add more wear and tear on his or her car. And wouldn't it raise insurance rates?
  • SybyllaSybylla Registered User Posts: 3,319 Senior Member
    Hopefully this is not Buckeyes (etc) owned/registered car and jr is not on family insurance. Imagine the drama this will create when the uber driver kid is found to be uninsured and the victims come after the family. I really don't think we do a great job as a society to explain what insurance actually covers.
  • natty1988natty1988 Registered User Posts: 460 Member
    I've got nothing against Uber and Lyft...but if I am paying for my kid's car and insurance, I wouldn't want them to drive for a ride sharing company. If my kid is paying for their own car, then it's their choice.
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