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.”
There are two types of LIMOs. Blue vans, which will pick someone up from within the entire Marquette campus, and the white Express vans, which will drive a certain route. Normally, the weekends will employ more LIMOs because there is a higher demand for the service.
Students at Marquette University can use the LIMO service any night while on campus. The vans driven by students run from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. every night. There are two shifts for each night: the early shift (5 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and the late shift (10 p.m. to 3 a.m.). While sometimes he may need to work both shifts, Garces doesn’t mind being up late driving.
“They go by quicker than you think,” Garces said. “Ten hour shifts, you get one 45 minute break in addition to as many short 15 minute breaks as you want. When you’re driving so many people around at all times and staying concentrated…after 1 a.m., it feels like it goes from 1 to 3.”
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.”
Not only will someone be left waiting to get on a LIMO, sometimes, someone can be left waiting to get off a LIMO. Garces has had a first hand experience with this unfortunate situation.
“It’s really hard, when in the blue van, to remember where everyone is going, especially when you have a lot of people in your van,” Garces said. “I had this one quiet person get on and tell me where she was going, and I completely forgot. And she didn’t speak up for about an hour.”
These incidents are few and far between. Even though driving a LIMO may not be the most ideal of campus jobs, Garces could not see himself doing anything else.
“I’ve always wanted a job where I could help people,” Garces said. “And this actually does that.”