If any of you go to Fordham (Rams, represent!) and have to ride the Ram Van often, then I don't even have to tell you what struggles come with that commute.
For those who don't go to Fordham or haven't ridden the Ram Van, allow me to explain:
The Ram Van is a shuttle van that takes Fordham students from one campus to the other. Fordham has a campus in the Bronx (Rose Hill) and a campus in Manhattan (Lincoln Center) and so students might officially attend one campus but have to commute to the other in order to attend a class, club meeting, etc. It's an annoying, but necessary - and convenient - evil.
The really cool thing about the Ram Van is that, when there isn't gridlock traffic on the highway, it can get you from one campus to the other in only 30 minutes. And if you're taking it to get a class or club meeting, you can ride for free. And in college, you need as many free things as you can get.
But the problem is that ram vans can make you sick - literally. The roads in between the two campuses are so bumpy that it feels more like your riding on a donkey instead of in a car.
And if you happen to get seats in the two back rows... God help you. Those two rows feel the bumps the most. I kid you not, it feels like you are going to be catapulted through the roof of the car whenever you go over a bump.
Because of this, it's very easy to get carsick. As semi-embarrassed as I am to admit this, I've actually thrown up from a Ram Van ride - and I don't get carsick easily. Honestly, there have been some mornings where I've even contemplated taking the train to Rose Hill (I go to Lincoln Center). But that $0.00 price and that 30 minute commute (as opposed to spending $2.75 an hour and a half on the subway) is kind of hard to pass up.
So, I stick it out and I've learned a couple hacks along the way to make the ride a little more bearable:
Hack 1: I always try to ask the ram van driver if I can ride shotgun. You don't feel any of the bumps if your sitting there.
Hack 2: If I can't ride shotgun, I try to get a seat in the first row, avoiding the back at all costs. You feel the bumps a little in the front, but it's nowhere near as bad as in the back rows.
Hack 3: I try not to eat too close to when I have to take the Ram Van. That food you just ate will be jumping around in your stomach on that bumpy ride, and in some cases, might come right back up.
Hack 4: I try not to go with a completely empty stomach, especially in the morning. Having a stomach filled with nothing but air, and riding in a van that's as bumpy as a roller coaster creates the perfect opportunity for you to throw up. Not cute.
Let me know in the comments if you can relate - or if you go to Fordham, share your tips and stories about Ram Van rides!