Parking on campus
Everyone on campus has their own sob story about that one time they just couldn’t find a parking spot and ended up late for that all-important exam.
You know the one.
The one where you scramble out of bed twenty minutes before class starts and debate with yourself on whether you should skip breakfast or skip showering.
The one where you finally make it through all of that morning traffic and arrive on campus to find that all of the spots in your favorite parking lot are taken.
The one where you loop around the same lot over and over again because you just know a spot will be open any second, and there’s no chance that you’d make yourself park near the stadium and have to walk down the hill to The Village.
It’s okay, we’ve all been there with you.
So the question is, how do we fix it?
Surely there’s some way to make it so everyone can park exactly where they want to every day, right?
Coming up with a cure for the dreaded parking disease isn’t happening anytime soon, but there are some simple remedies you could use to combat the symptoms.
If your class starts at 9 a.m., you could always leave your house 20 minutes earlier than usual in the hopes that the parking lot will be less crowded at 8:35 than it is at 8:55.
Trust me, it is. That’s what I do.
If soaking up every last possible second of sleep you can manage is more your style, you could totally compromise a tad on having to park right next to your classroom and settle with a parking lot a bit further away.
Unbeknownst to the vast majority of the student population at Pierce, we have a free shuttle bus on campus available to you every day.
If you’re lucky, you might be the only one that jumps on, in which case sometimes, they’ll drive you directly to your building.
But we here at The Roundup don’t want to make it sound like the students are totally at fault for this dilemma.
There isn’t just a problem with parking when you arrive on campus, there’s a problem when everyone tries to leave campus at the same time.
Ever been driving on campus at 12:45 p.m. on a Monday?
Everyone and their mother gets out of class right at 12:45 p.m. it seems and they’ve all got the exact same idea: “Get me out of this place.”
A solution to this problem could be to stagger class start times in the various departments on campus.
For example, morning math classes could start at 9:15 a.m. and morning English classes could start at 9:30 a.m., allowing some leeway so that not everyone is trying to find parking or trying to leave campus at the exact same time.
Understandably, this solution might cause some overlapping in classes that could prevent a student from taking classes in different departments back to back, but with the overpopulation and insane amounts of students trying to crash classes at the beginning of every semester, it just might be a blessing in disguise.