Listen to a conversation between two students.
So...Mike...you said you wanted to move off campus. Did you ever find an apartment?
Yeah. I did.
So how is it?
except that it's pretty far from campus. It's on the other side of town.
Oh, so you have a pretty long commute to campus then?
Yeah...and now-can you believe it-
[[slow]] my car broke down!
Oh, wow. That's too bad.
Well, the car's pretty old, so I'm not surprised it broke down.
But it's gonna cost a lot of money to get it fixed...
a lot more than I can afford right now.
So what are you gonna do?
You need a car to get to campus, right?
Yeah. One option would be to borrow the money to fix the car.
I talked to my brother-he's out of school and working now-
and he said he'd loan me the money to get it fixed.
That's really nice of him.
Definitely. But if I borrow the money from him, I still have to pay it back pretty soon...
that'll be tough since I only have a part-time job.
Yeah. That could take a while.
Do you have any other options?
Well, I'm also thinking about not fixing the car right now. Maybe try to save the money and just take the bus or something.
So you can get the bus near your house?
Yeah, there's a bus stop a couple of blocks from my apartment.
Trouble is, I have to change buses a couple of times so it takes a really long time to get to campus...and a long time to get back home.
I'd really have to adjust my schedule.
I see. That doesn't sound very convenient.