Parking Struggles on College Campuses

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.


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


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.


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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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Stop Discourging Future Teachers

One day, you'll be thankful for us.

“What do you want to be when you grow up?" It seems like this is the question we heard from the time we were able to talk. Our answers started out as whatever movie or action figure was popular that year. I personally was going to be Cinderella and shoot spider webs out of my wrists at the same time. The next phase was spent choosing something that we read about in a book or saw in movies. We were aspiring to be actors, skydivers, and astronauts.

After we realized NASA may not necessarily be interested in every eager 10-year-old, we went through the unknown stage. This chapter of life can last a year or for some, forever. I personally did not have a long “unknown" stage. I knew I was going to be a teacher, more specifically I knew I wanted to do elementary or special education. I come from a family of educators, so it was no surprise that at all the Thanksgiving and Christmas functions I had actually figured it out. The excitement of knowing what to do with the rest of my life quickly grew and then began to dwindle just as fast.


"Well, looks like you'll be broke all your life."

“That's a lot of paperwork."

“If I could go back and do it again, I wouldn't choose this."

These are just a few replies I have received. The unfortunate part is that many of those responses were from teachers themselves. I get it, you want to warn and prepare us for the road we are about to go down. I understand the stress it can take because I have been around it. The countless hours of grading, preparing, shopping for the classroom, etc. all takes time. I can understand how it would get tiresome and seem redundant. The feeling a teacher has when the principal schedules yet another faculty meeting to talk an hour on what could've been stated in an email… the frustration they experience when a few students seem uncontrollable… the days they feel inadequate and unseen… the sadness they feel when they realize the student with no supplies comes from a broken home… I think it is safe to say that most teachers are some of the toughest, most compassionate and hardworking people in this world.

Someone has to be brave enough to sacrifice their time with their families to spend time with yours. They have to be willing to provide for the kids that go without and have a passion to spread knowledge to those who will one day be leading this country. This is the reason I encourage others to stop telling us not to go for it.

Stop saying we won't make money because we know. Stop saying we will regret it, because if we are making a difference, then we won't. Stop telling us we are wasting our time, when one day we will be touching hearts.

Tell us to be great, and then wish us good luck. Tell us that our passion to help and guide kids will not go unnoticed. Tell us that we are bold for trying, but do not tell us to change our minds.

Teachers light the path for doctors, police officers, firefighters, politicians, nurses, etc. Teachers are pillars of society. I think I speak for most of us when I say that we seek to change a life or two, so encourage us or sit back and watch us go for it anyways.

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14 Honest College Things The Class Of 2023 Needs To Know ~Before~ Fall Semester

Sit down, be humble.


To The Class of 2023,

Before you start your college career, please know:

1. Nobody...and I mean nobody gives a shit about your AP Calculus scores.


" I got a 5 in Calc AB AND BC, a 5 in AP Literature, awh but I only got a 4 in AP Chem"

2. THE SAME GOES FOR YOUR SAT/ACT SCORES + nobody will know what you're talking about because they changed the test like 10 times since.


3. College 8 AMs are not the same as your 0 period orchestra class in 12th grade.


4. You're going to get rejected from a lot of clubs and that does not make you a failure.


5. If you do get into your clubs, make sure not to overwhelm or overcommit yourself.

visual representation of what it looks like when you join too many clubs


6. It's OK to realize that you don't want to be pre-med or you want to change majors.


7. There will ALWAYS ALWAYS be someone who's doing better than you at something but that doesn't mean you're behind.


8. "I'm a freshman but sophomore standin-" No, you don't have to clarify that, you'll sound like an asshole.


9. You may get your first ever B-, C+ or even D OR EVEN A W in your life. College is meant to teach you how to cope with failure.


10. Go beyond your comfort zone. Join a theatre club if you're afraid of public speaking. Join an animal rescue club if you're afraid of animals. College is learning more about yourself.


11. Scholarships do exist. APPLY APPLY APPLY.


12. Don't try to brag about all the stuff you did in high school, you'll just sound like a weenie hut jr. scout


13. Understand and be sensitive to the fact that everybody around you has a different experience and story of getting to university.


14. You're going to be exposed to people with different opinions and views, don't fight them. Instead, try to explain your perspective and listen to their reasoning as well.


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