Job Feature Series: Q&A with Safe Ride Driver Bailey Burrows ’21

 By Mary Nussbaumer

Welcome to the Job Feature Series, a weekly column highlighting student workers around campus.  is week, meet Bailey Burrows ’21, a Safe Ride driver. Note that this interview has been edited for length and clarity.

MN: WHERE DO YOU WORK?

BB: I drive Safe Ride for the campus safety o ce.

MN: WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY SCHEDULE AT SAFE RIDE LOOK LIKE?

BB: It really depends on my shift. Sometimes I work late at night, and sometimes I work in the afternoons going on grocery trips. Typically, when I work at night, I’m driving from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED HERE? IS THERE A PARTICULAR REASON YOU CHOSE TO WORK AT SAFE RIDE?

BB: I’ve worked at Safe Ride since Block 5 last year. I was looking for jobs on campus, and I already had some friends who worked for Safe Ride and liked it. I also enjoy driving, so it was an easy choice for a job!

MN: DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER TASKS BESIDES DRIING STUDENTS?

BB: A couple of days a week, there are shifts in which you write up parking tickets!

MN: WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

BB: I really like driving.  Tere’s nothing to do in my hometown; growing up, everyone just drove around when they were bored or wanted to hang out, so I’ve spent a lot of time in cars. Everyone in the Midwest also drives everywhere, so I’ve spent many long hours driving. I like having control over the music in the car as well. On campus, it’s cool to get to meet new students with whom I would never cross paths by driving them around.

MN: WHAT IS THE WORST PART OF YOUR JOB?

BB: Sometimes I hate being up so late. I also hate giving parking tickets.

MN: DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE RIDES OR STORIES FROM A FUNNY RIDE?

BB: I love picking people up from Tony’s – they’re always a good time. I’ve had a  first year tell me I was the best Safe Ride driver because I took him to a party.  That’s just a part of the job, though. I wasn’t doing anything special.

MN: HOW IS THE STAFF?

BB:  The staff is really nice! You spend most of your shift alone though, so you don’t spend a lot of time together.

MN: WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS JOB TO ANOTHER STUDENT?

BB: Yes, but you should be prepared for the hours because they can be very late.

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