Experience at bus stop

Experience at bus stop

International Language Institute of Massachusetts (ILI)

 August 2 was the first day when I took the bus to school in America on my own. I biked to the bus stop located in downtown Easthampton, which is about 2 miles away from my host family.

When I got there, I saw a bus going by, but I didn’t know how to stop it so that I could get on it.

I was so nervous about missing the first class at the International Language Institue of Massachusetts.

Thinking for a while, I decided to call the school and tell them that I might come late because I missed the bus.

It was 8:15 a.m. I was also not confident enough to bike to school on the highway that was full of cars.

I asked some passers-by whether they knew when the next bus would come.

A person said that I was standing in the wrong place and that the bus stop was over there, next to the Big E supermarket.

On the way walking with my bike to the bus stop, I saw a couple and asked if they knew the bus schedule.

They said they did not know and suggested giving me a ride to school.

For being afraid of coming late to class, I nodded my head without any hestitation, and got into the woman’s car while my bike was put into her husband’s.

Thanks to the help of a nice couple, I came to ILI ten minutes before the class began.

Telling my experience to Janice, my host, and my class, every body said that I should not take any similar risk in the future because I am a woman and am in a foreign country.

Everything went smoothly on the second day. I have learned how to pay the fare, put the bike on the bike rack in front of the bus and knew what the pass meant.


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