Parking at SDSU is a big problem.

Parking At SDSU Is A Pain In My Rear End

You have to leave at least an hour early from your house to find parking.

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If you're running late to class, then good luck finding parking close to the building your class is in. There are about 35,000 students enrolled at San Diego State University. There are about 8,000 freshmen and most of them live on campus. However, some freshmen have cars. That means that almost every student that goes to SDSU needs parking so there is a problem.

Some of the parking structures at SDSU get filled really fast because they're very convenient and nearby buildings. For example, PS1 and PS12 get full fast! PS1 is nearby the EBA building, GMCS building, Student Services West, and the Love Library. PS12 is nearby the Music building, ENS building, West Commons, and Hepner Hall. In my opinion, these are the easiest parking structures to park at. I personally like PS1 because it's close to my house compared to PS12.

On Monday's, Wednesday's, and Friday's, I have class at 9 am in Hardy Tower and I park in PS1. There are still plenty of parking spots at 8:30-8:40 am so for these days I just leave my house 30 min before class starts. However, if you have class around 12-1 pm and are looking for parking in PS1 then good luck because you're not likely to find anything. You can look but by the time you actually find a spot (if you're lucky) then you're already late for your class. That is why I recommend parking in PS3 or PS4, which are near the dorms. I personally don't like parking there because they are so far, which means walking for 10 min to your class. I park there as my last option.

On Tuesday's and Thursday's, I have class at 9:30 am in the Music building so I park in PS12. Before this academic year, I never parked regularly in PS12. PS12 gets full fast really fast. By 9 am, there is no parking in that structure. I learned this lesson on the first day of classes. I thought I was going to be fine when I left my house 30 min before. I was not fine. I was late for my class. I ended up parking in another structure. I was never late to my class ever again because now I have been leaving my house an hour early. And there is parking once I get to campus around 8:30-8:40 am. I usually just chill in my car until my 9:30 am class. However, if you want to park in that structure around 12-1 pm then good luck.

It's ridiculous parking at SDSU. Every morning I wish parking at SDSU was easier. There are more students than there are good parking spots. Most students complain that the cost for the parking permits is expensive but that's another topic and I'm not going to dwell too much into it. Maybe SDSU should lower the price since parking is never a happy experience. This problem is only going to get worse since the number of students attending SDSU is increasing. But, who knows what is going to happen.

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10 Ways College Is 100% NOTHING Like High School

Once-a-day showers go to dry shampoo for four days straight.

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As a college freshman well into their second semester, it has officially occurred to me just how different, and often times better, college is compared to its predecessor, high school.

Here are just 10 ways the two could not be MORE different:

1. How you sleep

You'll go from waking up three hours before school to three minutes before class

2. How you hygiene

Once-a-day showers develop into dry shampoo for four days straight.

3. How you eat

Pizza goes from a once-in-a-while treat to an everyday food group.

4. How you socialize

You'll go from being nice to everyone to disliking people for no reason.

5. How much effort you put into your appearance

High school contour was on fleek and now there's somehow mascara on your forehead.

6. How you nap

Naps go from two hours to 10 minutes.

7. How you operate heavy machinery

Driving goes from 10 and 2 with perfectly lined up mirrors to driving with your knees and eating a taco.

8. Your classmates

High school classes are with all of your friends and college classes have strangers in them almost every day.

9. The people teaching you things

High school teachers are scary and mean, while college professors become your friends.

10. Textbooks

High school textbooks are provided where college textbooks need to be bought with another student loan.

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5 Reasons Why Staying At College For The Summer Is The Ultimate Power Move

No school, no rules, summer vacation at the best place on Earth, also known as college.

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As summer begins, it brings in the joy of no more school but for most what summer really brings is the sad realization that we have to leave our favorite place and go back to our boring home town with none of our new best friends. Although some have decided to stay at college for the summer and they will soon realize why this will be the best choice that they will be making all summer.

1. NO PARENTS 

What's better than no school, warm weather, and most importantly no one to say, "Are you just going to sleep till 2:30 p.m. every day this summer?"

1. It's like the weekend, but every day

Do you know what weekends felt like during the school year when you didn't have anything to do? No? You never had any free weekends? Wow, I'm so sorry. Well, imagine a weekend that you didn't have to do anything. Now multiply that one weekend by seven and you get seven Saturday like days where you do not have a single care in the world.

3. No "Go cut the grass!"

For the sons, you know that annoying time every week when your dad is going to say, "Go cut the grass." There is nothing you can do to get out of it. Well, staying at school for the summer means no more nagging. You get to choose what you do now.

4. The bond of friendship

The friends you make when you stay at college for the summer are different than any other bond. Mostly because you all don't have a care in the world since it's summer in your favorite place. It's a right of passage to call someone your summer college best friends. These are best friends that words wouldn't do justice.

5. The townies

Everybody always wonders what happens to a college town when all the college kids go home. Well, the townies come back in full swing and take their town back. If you stay at your college, you get to experience what most can't even describe in words. To the one mid-40s guy trying to relive his glory days. To the old men hitting on the college girls at the local pub. To the weird towny creatures that make you shiver with fright as you drive past them. Have fun townies, you only have three months.

That dream of "I wish I could just stay here at college with all these people but have no responsibilities" is finally coming true.

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