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The DMV area probably has one of the best public transportation systems in the country, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its problems and it also doesn’t mean I can’t complain about it every now and again.

Have any interesting public transit stories of your own? Leave them down in the comments below!

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"Only 19, but my mind is older." 

My name is Patricia Isabel Pablo. My parents call me Trish, my siblings call me Ate, my family calls me Patis, my friends call me Patty, but it doesn't really matter what you call me right now because in 10-15 years when I'm accepting my Oscar, everyone will know my name. I'm a 2nd-year, full-time student at Montgomery College. I'm a Theatre major who one day aspires to become an author, screenwriter, cinematographer, and director, but some days all I want to do with the rest of my life is play video games for a living. 

To paraphrase and totally butcher the beautiful words of Gertrude Stein, the Philippines is my country and America is my home (and vice versa, honestly). I was born and raised in the Philippines, but I've been living in the United States for the past eight years. I've moved around several times since, but Montgomery County is where my heart and cheap rent currently resides. Yes, I can speak more than one language. 

I'm a strong, passionate, confident woman, so don't let my being only 5"1 fool you. I'm an intersectional feminist, activist, and Gryffindor, and I never stop fighting for the things I believe in. Most of my nights consist of me simultaneously binge-watching a show I've already seen on Netflix and furiously writing overzealous, empowered essays on civil rights for my own leisure. Education is extremely important to me, not just in a classroom setting, so I often keep an open mind to everything. Despite my introverted activities and tendencies, I still find the time to go out with my best friends and experience new things. I am the love child of Alexander Hamilton and Angelica Schuyler in personality, but when it comes to looks, I am 50% Philippa Soo and 50% Renée Elise Goldsberry. 

I am best at Harry Potter & Buffy the Vampire Slayer trivia, baking cheesecakes, and flawlessly applying makeup in a moving vehicle. I imagine my life as a series of musical numbers, and you will often find me talking/singing/dancing to myself if you catch me off-guard on my own. Writing is my one true passion in life, and I write like I need it to survive. My life revolves around books, theatre, and musicals, and the best parts of my life are lived behind a camera lens. 

Feel free to say hello to me if you see me around on campus (I have multi-coloured hair, so I'm easy to spot), but don't always expect a full-blown conversation with me as I'm either heading home/to class or listening to the Dangerous Woman album or a Harry Potter audiobook. One of my goals in life is to allow other people to view life from my eyes through my art, and I hope that I can momentarily achieve that through my vlogs. I'll see you around! Don't forget to be awesome! 

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  1. Public transportation! For starters, I admire those brave people who rely on it and brave all the weather conditions to utilize it. I admit, having always been a suburbanite, I am spoiled by a car, which still means ‘freedom;’ – from waiting and the elements. On the downside, the purchase price of the car, maintenance and insurance. Vehicles really are expensive! Do you see a trend? I do! When I was young, a driver permit was a rite of passage to adulthood. Now many young people do not want that privilege but see it as a burden and unhealthy for the environment too.

    1. I’m pretty environmentally aware, so I’m very much in favour of public transportation! But I sometimes do feel I’ve missed out on the rite of passage of getting my own license and having my own car. I’ll reach that milestone one day! But for now, I’ll settle for helping the environment and taking public transportation.

  2. As an MC student who also takes the bus all the time, I can relate with you Patty; its crazy how random the bus comes sometimes. The last time, I was 5 min late to class because it didn’t come on time, and sometimes I get tired of waiting because they don’t even have seats at the stop. When you’re in the bus some people stink, sometimes it make me fell sick, but it’s all good because I do like the free bus pass ID.

    1. I’ve had a lot of similar experiences! I actually live 12 minutes away from the Takoma/Silver Spring campus by car, but often times I have to leave my house 2 hours before my classes start because of how unpredictable bus schedules can be. I enjoy the free transportation too, though. I use the bus to get everywhere, not just to school, and it saves up a lot more money than people realize.

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