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Uber has rolled into town: service now available for students!

Uber, a ride-sharing service popular in big cities, reached new heights when it arrived in Jonesboro on Aug. 1.The first month served as the platform for a well-rounded clientele of incoming freshmen and other students transferring or returning to A-State. This addition has proved to be safe and effective for the student body because of its smartphone accessibility.Uber was first initiated in New York where it became quite popular among the locals. Although there are other versions of the service available such as Lyft, Uber has remained the original and become recognized as a main contender in the business of public transportation.Branching out to other states and ourishing in major cities, Uber grew to be sought after by tourists and habitual travelers.Prices for rides may vary, but the base price for any trip is $5.95. However, the price is dependent on how long the trip will take and how far the driver has to travel. For example, to catch a ride from the Education building to Cregeen’s downtown, the cost would be $6.91. A trip from just outside the Quads parking lot at University Loop and Alumni Boulevard to Slim Chickens would cost $6. Yet a trip from University Loop to Malco Hollywood Cinema would be $9.87. These prices are approximate, as they have been calculated during normal business hours and do not account for surge pricing during special times or circumstances.As a passenger, gratuity is not included automatically, but once the ride concludes the option to tip is present among leaving a written tip or compliment. The emailed receipt will include trip details and overall charge. The star system is also provided for rating each driver and for the drivers to rate their passengers. These ratings, as well as how many trips the driver has executed, are visible to any future passenger.Sometimes, plans can change pretty quickly. For those who may change their minds, there is also a grace period that allows cancellation without charge. This cancellation can be performed by the passenger or the driver in the case of the passenger not being present for the ride or special circumstance. After the grace period has expired, the cancellation cost is $5.More often than expected, customers were getting into the wrong cars, mistaking them for Uber drivers, and instead being regular bystanding drivers. The new version of the app now allows for in-app chatting and provides the mobile option to speak directly to the driver appointed.As the community welcomes such a commodity, it is becoming more common for people to take on a second or even third income by becoming an Uber driver after their day jobs or by driving on the weekends. This may create heavier traffic for the city, but it could also keep potentially hazardous people from behind the wheel.To become an Uber driver, one only needs to go to the Uber website and fill out an application. The only true requirement is to be 21 and older. Uber also does a background check that takes about two to three weeks to review, but makes it fairly simple to get started if approved. No car? Uber can provide one for long-term or short-term use. From there, it’s a simple matter of setting the app up on your phone to accept new riders.Though Uber is available, there are other services the company provides that aren’t yet available here. UberEats is a newer service provided by the company that will deliver food to you from your favorite restaurants, but is available in 60 cities across the U.S. currently. It would be perfect for a late night pick-me-up from McDonald’s or dinner from Red Lobster.Though the ratings on the app store are low, Uber is a great way to get around after late nights at the bar or for freshman who don’t have cars yet. It is available on the App Store or on Google Play for any smart- phone. 

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That’s a basic to do list for any college student, and there is no denying it is   lot to handle and still stay perky and presentable. And the weight of all of
that responsibility results in many students feeling depressed and overwhelmed with stress in college.

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