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Uber is Here

Some of you in major cities might have already heard of Uber, which is an app that you can use to get rides in your area.  Think taxi service, but with the added bonus of them being able to geolocate you using your iPhone or smartphone, the ability to share rides, etc.

A colleague passed me an email last week about Uber coming to Winston-Salem (see the Uber blog here), and I have to admit I had no idea what Uber was and felt rather stumped.  But I looked it up and indeed it looks like this could be a great local transportation option for our students.

At the Pinecrest, FL New Student Reception on Sunday, we ended up talking about Uber.  Turns out many of the people present knew of Uber (their children have used it) and they said it was safe, fast, and very reasonably priced (sometimes cheaper than a traditional taxi).

I have not used Uber myself, and have no dog in the fight about whether your Deacs choose to use it, but I did want to put it out there for parents and families to know about and investigate.  At least you’ll know of another transportation option.

And in a follow up from yesterday – our question about quintessential NC foods – we have had some Deac families suggest the following:

“Great breakfast places. Winston-salem has more than any other place I have spent time!”

“There is nothing better than a double strawberry, peanut butter and banana, or cookie dough and chocolate CookOut shake!

Or a great breakfast at Sweet Potatoes!”

I have to concur; those are all pretty great options.  Cookout is a favorite of our students – fast and cheap, and those milkshakes are divine.  Keep your food suggestions coming at parents@wfu.edu.

Category: campus life