Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 15:10
I remember as a little kid being told to look both ways before crossing the street. Why? So you don’t get hit by a car! It seems to be common sense you would think. Although, after spending time on the NDSU campus, I see that it might not be as common as we think.
Over the last few weeks as I walked to class I have watched people walk around campus. I imagine it has to be frustrating as a driver when people are not willing to let you make a turn when you are already halfway into the intersection. I know pedestrians have the right of way, but that does not excuse one to be selfish and rude.
I watched people walk right across Centennial without so much as glancing in either direction. Now, I understand that people are in a hurry to get to class and some people have to get across campus in ten minutes to their next class. Yet, I do not see why some people just refuse to pause for a moment and let a vehicle pass by.
I like to think that at NDSU, we as students, as people, are kind and thoughtful toward our fellow Bison. By taking a few seconds to let a car pass so they are not stuck waiting for the next cluster of people to pass. After all, it is not a hard task. To me, it is the same as holding a door open for the person behind you.
So, fellow NDSU students, I challenge you. Next time you are heading to class or back to an apartment or the residence halls, take a moment to let a vehicle pass by or make a turn. We all were taught when we were young that paying thoughtful acts forward is something to strive for. So I ask us to do that. Simply do a selfless act for someone.
Caleb is a sophomore majoring in English.