Commuting on the silent killer


Taylor Cameron, Calumet editor

By Taylor Cameron

Snow covered roads with the silent killer, black ice, hiding underneath. This is one of the struggles of commuting in winter from towns far away from Muscatine Community College. I’m one of many who has a long commute to campus every day, even in some questionable weather. Traveling from my town of Keithsburg, Ill., which is 28.7 miles away from our campus on side roads that don’t get a lot of upkeep during this time of year can be tricky. When the roads are clear I can normally get to campus in 30 minutes, but when the roads are bad it takes me an hour and a half just to get to campus.

One moment the roads are clear and you’re going 56 miles per hour. In the blink of an eye you’re coming up on a snowdrift that has been in the works since mid-morning. You release the gas,  try to stay calm and not drift into a ditch. A tight feeling creeps its way up into your chest. The anxiety of ending upside down in a ditch lurks into your scattered mind. Then the icy patch hits the tires, pulling the car towards a ditch than away from it.

You conquer the ice patch, continue on your way and the anxiety melts away, at least until the thought of all the multiple ice patches ahead inches its way into your mind.

These are the thoughts that go through my mind as I commute to campus during winter. Those thoughts are a lot like my thoughts of life. When you’re scared of something to the point it gives you anxiety,  you can conquer the fear and come out victorious in the end.