As students of GRCC, we have come to associate impatience, auto insurance claims, waiting in line, being late for class, and pure annoyance with the disaster our school calls parking.
Parking is an issue that is faced by nearly everyone. And, quite frankly I am sick of it. However, it isn’t just the wait that is getting to me anymore. My vehicle has been hit twice in the last two weeks, and because there are no cameras in the ramps, the culprit is still unknown.
However, what grinds my gears the most is the fact that when I tweeted GRCC about the parking problem, they told me alternatives to parking on campus. Our tuition is rising, but they are sending us off-campus! Do they not see what is wrong with this picture? They keep taking more and more from us, but have yet to deliver on what people are complaining about most!
Everytime that I look out at the ramps, I see people waiting. I will then go do what I was setting out to do, and when I go back by the ramps I see the same people waiting that were there when I first went by.
I know parking is always bad the first two weeks of school, and I plan accordingly. However, waiting in line in the street for over 45 minutes is getting ridiculous. I use more gas waiting in line and trying to find a parking spot than I do driving to school and I drive almost an hour to get to GRCC.
The school does seem to be making a step towards solving the parking problem. The question proposed by the Armen Awards is to reduce the need for on campus parking by 50% in the next four years. To me, this seems unwise. Many students I know drive to the school from other places, like myself, driving 45 minutes to an hour to get to school. What alternatives do I really have if on-campus parking space is reduced?
Another concern that I have with reducing parking spaces involves the fact I have all of my classes in two days in hopes of saving on gas. In doing so, I have to bring a lot of supplies with me these two days. I don’t really want to have to deal with the inconvenience of carrying everything with me because my vehicle is parked off campus. In regards to this, I am also concerned about the health studies that have been released, warning students against carrying heavy loads on their backs.
Surprisingly, not everybody on campus is upset with the parking situation. My friend, Leanna, is constantly reminding of different alternatives that are available to students. So, I decided to share some of her suggestions with you.
Here are some helpful tips for you when you are getting angry about parking:
• Take a deep breath. It’s okay. The world isn’t going to explode because you didn’t get the spot you wanted. I have to remind myself of this quite often.
• Arrive early. Even I found that parking is somewhat a breeze when you arrive to campus around 8 a.m. You probably think that is early, but my classes don’t start until 11 a.m. The early bird gets the good parking spot.
• To avoid getting hit, move your car off campus after 5 p.m. when parking becomes free. Also, walking is good for you, so another plus! Carpool! Ride with your friends to reduce the amount of cars needing to get into the lots, and help the environment at the same time!
• Be courteous. You are not the only person in the ramp. You know if you found a good spot, you would want the people behind to have patience enough to allow you to get into it. Treat others how you would want to be treated.
I hope these tips will help you as you are forced to deal with the problem on your own, as it feels like the school has abandoned us on this issue.