Vic Garces may just seem like a normal student to anyone who passes by him. The sophomore in the College of Health Sciences is not what he appears to be. While he is not Batman or Superman, he is still a part of the Student Safety program here at Marquette, specifically driving LIMOs around campus.
“I don’t know why, I just love driving,” Garces said. My freshman year, I went from driving almost every day in the summer, and I got here, and I wasn’t able to bring my car. So I needed to find something that just involved driving.”
Garces found the perfect job, as he works four shifts a week, two of them on weekdays and two on the weekends. Before he could even be a LIMO driver, Garces went through 25 hours of training. On total, an average week consists of 25 hours working for Student Safety.
“I’ve always been a morning person,” Garces said. “I get up early in the morning and study. So I’m not really even spending that much time at night studying.”
Being a LIMO driver goes against the normal college culture, as Garces, depending on his schedule, works on weekend nights instead of going out. But Garces says those nights are actually the best nights.
“Weekends get hectic,” Garces said. “I love the weekends. (One weekend) I was driving the LIMO express, and 13 or 14 people got in my van. All of them were inebriated. ‘Call Me Maybe’ came on, and they were jamming to that together. It was a hilarious moment.”
However, even while jamming out with intoxicated, and hopefully of age, college students, Garces still says there are aspects of the job that he does not like.
“I feel bad when people have to wait, but there’s really nothing we can do,” Garces said. “We’re doing the best we can, we’re operating at full speed every time, but if you have to pick someone up door to door, it takes a lot of time.”