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My commute to school

May 28, 2021 10:55 AM

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There’s a hustle in the cars and trains on weekday mornings. Everyone has somewhere to go — somewhere they have to get to fast. As for me, as a student, I have to go to — you know, school. I’ll be talking about some of the places I go on my commute to school, and what I think is interesting about them. 

My father drives me to the T in the morning, and on the way there, there’s this church. I’m not Christian, and I don’t have a particular fascination with churches, but I weirdly do find myself occasionally sneaking glances at it out of the corner of my eye. I honestly couldn’t tell you why; I guess it kind of gives off medieval age vibes to me with the giant wooden door, and how it kind of looks like a castle.

As I said, my father drives me to the T, on which I take the Red Line. My starting stop is Davis Square. I’ve always liked the atmosphere there. There’s a fun appeal to the colorful drawings on the cold, brick walls and the growing line of people waiting for the next train. As weird as it sounds, it is definitely my favorite stop.

This is Harvard Square. It is one of the next stops after Davis Square. I really like this stop; Harvard Square has a lot of good restaurants and places to chill. In particular, I sometimes go after school to a shop here where they sell a variety of things, like posters and plushies, and lose myself in a good manga. 

The community inside the train has always intrigued me. It’s a sort of a “leave me alone, and I’ll leave you alone” kind of situation, which I quite like. But, there’s occasionally a nice surprise sprinkled in between — an interaction you wouldn’t expect. I remember these dudes rushed into the train one time and abruptly started up some music and started breakdancing. It was a fun breath of fresh air in the tired community of people on their way home that day.

On the way to the Charles/MGH stop, you get a beautiful view of a bunch of buildings and the Charles River. It’s such a pretty sight, and you get to take all of it in while speeding by at 70 mph.

South Station was an incredibly vibrant and busy place before COVID-19. Now it’s just a bit less of that. I don’t go there often, but when I do I’m still not disappointed. It’s kinda like a mini mall inside of a train station, which is awesome. I especially like the food there—there’s a good deal of selection out of all the shops. If I’m feeling a pastry or pizza or something, I’m covered!

For me, and I’m sure for others, a commute isn’t the most pleasant part of the day. It can be boring just waiting to get from place to place just to have to work the day away. But, I think it’s important to recognize the small things in life, the things that delight us, maybe even give us some purpose. And as for me, some of those important small things in life lie in my commute.