A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

Ask Willow: Afraid of being left behind

GIF by Rachel Edelstein

Introducing “Ask Willow,” a new advice column from the Oak Leaf Student Media. To send your own question to Ask Willow, email [email protected]. You will remain anonymous. 

Dear Willow,

How am I supposed to get my driver’s permit if I don’t have the time? People who are in my life keep telling me that it’s “oh so easy.” Are they right? Or am I just scared of growing up? I feel like I am so busy with work, school and homework, etc. that I don’t know where to make time for anything else!


Afraid of being left behind


Dear Afraid of being left behind,

Having the privilege to drive relieves strain from your life because it will do away with relying on others. Obtaining a permit is the first step towards freedom.

Also, if not having enough time is your issue, think about how much more time you will save when you can drive yourself wherever you want, whenever you want. It’s a game changer.

Use what little free time you have now to study for the written test. Being able to pass that in one go will prevent you from using extra time that you don’t have in order to retake it.

If that means skipping out on dinner and a movie with friends so be it. Dedicating time for studying is a small sacrifice to make. When you’re finally the one behind the wheel driving to dinner and a movie, it’ll feel much more gratifying.

Once you’re confident enough to take the written test, schedule an appointment with the DMV well in advance. This will give you ample time to clear your schedule in order to take it.

After passing the written test, plan to take the behind-the-wheel test far out in your calendar as well. Hopefully you’ll be able to ace it the first time.

Don’t be afraid to take this step into independence and adulthood. If it takes you longer than your peers, don’t concern yourself with comparisons to them.

Driving isn’t a bragging right, it’s simply a necessity in our society.

Good luck!



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