8 Times Brett Kavanaugh Somehow Expressed Your Campus Parking Frustrations

8 Times Brett Kavanaugh Somehow Expressed Your Campus Parking Frustrations

No matter where you go, it's just about as inconvenient as Brett Kavanaugh's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

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College is tough, and expensive, and parking is no exception to that. However, parking on campus is its own special hell where it feels like there is one parking spot for every 10 people.

No matter how early you get on your favorite parking lot, there's always a showdown for the last spot. Navigating around campus and dodging pedestrians becomes even more of a nuisance on top of how frustrating and inconvenient parking already was. Get it together.

We're not paying $250-$450 to miss class because there wasn't any parking.

1. You drive to campus bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, but you're disillusioned once you get on campus

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You were optimistic. You thought, "maybe today won't be as bad as it was yesterday." But you were wrong. Everyone is driving like they have a keycard for the Garage, or maybe they're still sleeping. And the pedestrians are more fearless than ever, crossing the street five feet in front of a crosswalk without looking both ways.

2. You're stuck at a busy intersection trying to make a turn, but pedestrians and cars keep cutting you off

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Flames feel like they're about to emerge from your steering wheel, and you contemplate forcing your way through the intersection, risking hitting one of your fellow classmates or a staff or faculty member. They're not the only ones in a hurry. Instead you mutter under your breath for the lolligaggers to put a little more pep in their step, glaring at them through your windshield.

3. You make it through the seemingly endless intersection.  The lot you want is visible, but you're still far away

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Students walking from breakfast to the student center are recklessly playing "Frogger," and the amount of times you've had to brake on one road is making you question whether or not you'll need to change your brake lights. You come to a stop one last time before a bus pulls in front of you.

4. LOL you are behind the bus you need to catch to get to class

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Maybe it has one or two stops left so you can bypass it and safely speed to the commuter lot. Maybe you'll even have enough time left to find a decent spot, grab your things for the day, and casually stroll to the pickup spot. You try to stay positive, but you had the same reality just a few days before.

5. You bypass the bus, but don't make the light 

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The bus pulls off the road to load more students on. You maneuver around the bus without hesitation...just as the traffic light turns from golden yellow to disheartening red. To make your four mile commute on campus even better, the car in front is taking up two lanes, with its turn signal on. "How have you commuted to class for over a month and still don't know which way to go," you think to yourself as you roll your eyes back far enough to see your brain.

6. HOW IS THERE NO PARKING

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You make it to the lot with the bus just a few cars behind you, and if you can get a spot, you'll have enough time to trot to the bus stop before the it leaves. You circle the lot's exterior, you drive up and down lanes of parked cars. No spot is open. Others are frantically doing the same thing. You let out a flabbergasted grunt. How is there no parking?!

7. Are you really going to skip class because the first lot you chose was full? 

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You circle the lot once more. But you take your time because you're calculating something.

You, or your parents/guardian/FAFSA/etc., spent a fortune on tuition, and you know you really should go to class and engage in your education. But you also don't have any assignments due in class, or exams, and the notes are online. And getting to the garage to pay for parking when you've already handed over your "lifesavings" to go to this school just seems a bit much. You already paid for parking, why should you have to pay again?

8. So...what are you going to do?

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Go home, and drink precisely one beer. And mark it on my calendar.

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17 College Majors As 'Elf' Quotes

Son of a nutcracker, not another final exam.

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Christmas is so close, yet so far away. But what better way to spread Christmas cheer than singing loud for all to hear?

1. Music

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"The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear."

2. Pre-Law

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"You sit on a throne of lies!"

3. Health Sciences

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"We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup."

4. Theatre

"I am a cotton-headed piggy-muggins!"

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"Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?"

6. Business

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"I planned out our whole day: First, we'll make snow angels for two hours, and then we'll go ice skating, and then we'll eat a whole roll of Toll-House cookie dough as fast as we can, and then to finish, we'll snuggle."

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"I just like to smile; smiling's my favorite."

8. Public Relations

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"Son of a nutcracker!"

9. Graphic Design

"You have such a pretty face. You should be on a Christmas card."

10. Education

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"You did it! Congratulations! World's best cup of coffee! Great job, everybody! It's great to be here."

11. Psychology

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"Does somebody need a hug?"

12. Political Science

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"You stink. You smell like beef and cheese. You don't smell like Santa."

13. English

"I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly-twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel."

14. Engineering

"Have you seen these toilets? They're ginormous!"

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(11/19) Contrary To Popular Opinion, General Education Courses Are Beneficial For STEM Majors

Going to college is an opportunity that not all people get a chance to do, so why not make the most out of it?

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I have heard time and time again from fellow students in the STEM field that taking anything outside of their major is a "waste of time" and we should not have to take classes outside of science and math. I am a biochemistry major and I feel that taking general education courses have opened my eyes and taught me a lot.

Don't get me wrong, I love taking classes that pertain to my major and that will help prepare me for my career in the future, but I disagree that general education courses are a waste of time.

We are programmed to be very black and white, and that things are the way that they are "just because science says so" when you are involved in classes about things like biology, chemistry, and calculus. STEM majors gain a great deal of knowledge about how things came to be the way that they are today, but it is very black and white, in terms of thinking. When going into my general education classes, and learning about things that are more "grey" I find it very refreshing.

Learning how to think outside the box is something that I have learned in many different ways, in classes other than the ones that I need for my major. Taking classes outside of your major might seem like a waste to most people because the knowledge they gain they feel won't be used in their life ever again once they leave that classroom. But in my opinion the most valuable life lessons, I have acquired through taking a class I normally would not. There is a difference between learning something and being able to apply it to a real-life situation and memorizing a formula. STEM classes do not leave a lot of room for creativity or imagination, which is fine. But classes in other fields challenge the mind to think in ways that classes like chemistry, does not. It is nice to walk into a classroom and talk about what we are learning and bounce ideas off each other, which again is rare in STEM classes.

I am not going to lie, when I came into school my freshman year of college, I too was in the mindset that I was wasting my time and I just wanted to take the classes that I had too and get out of there. But, now being a junior I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given to be able to branch out and become more knowledgeable of other areas of study. I would never have taken a psychology class, or an economics class, if I did not have too, due to the fact that I was very narrow-minded in what I wanted to spend my time learning about. But I am so glad that my school forced me to get out of my comfort zone and learn about things that might not interest me at first, but will for sure help me out in the long run, and prepare me for the real world.

Taking classes like communication, oceanography, psychology, sociology, and economics I feel made me a more well-rounded student. I would not be the student I am today if I had not taken the classes that I have, because I expanded my knowledge way past just science and math. I realized that I have interests and succeed in classes outside of my major, which make me want to continue to gain knowledge. Finding out that I could succeed in a class that intimidated me at first, is one of the most rewarding feelings I have felt in college. To go into a class not being interested in the subject at all, and coming out wanting to take more classes in that field, is something that I find very valuable. It is important to get out of the bubble that you are put into once you declare a major, and put yourself out there because you never know, that one class could change your career path.

The statement from college kids that general education classes are a "waste" and argue that they are wasting their money for credits that do not go towards their major, I just frankly disagree with. Gaining knowledge in all areas of study is something we came to college for, and when given the opportunity to learn about different things is given to you, in my eyes it smart to take that opportunity.

Leaving college I will be a biochemistry major, yes. But I will be more than that, and I will have knowledge that was given to me from different classes and professors that will make me a more well-rounded person, and candidate for a potential job in the future. For that, I thank my college for doing because, without the push, I would not have the skills and information that I have acquired through the general education courses I have taken throughout my college career.

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