Parking Problems

A struggle plaguing college students across the nation

Colleges across the country seem to share one major complaint: parking.

Finding a parking spot has probably been a problem for students since colleges and carswere first created.

While Franklin College is small, it is not immune to the parking problems that plague larger schools.

I have had friends who attend schools like Butler University, Ball State University and Purdue University who said it’s a huge hassle to find a parking spot on campus.

As a commuter, it feels like there is never a spot open in any of the lots designated for commuter students at Franklin. In previous semesters, this parking hassle was not as big of a problem because there were always plenty of spots open in commuter-designated areas. The only reasoning I can think of is that more students this year must have decided to commute rather than live on campus.

I understand the attraction of commuting, but what bothers me is that on the very first day of classes this semester, I was almost late to my first class because I had to spend 20 minutes searching for a parking spot. Luckily I have a habit of arriving to campus 30 minutes before my classes begin.

Commuters do have one advantage over residential students when it comes to this battle of finding a parking spot: We’re allowed to park in any parking lot designated for students. Even residential lots.

Residential students can get ticketed if they park in a commuter lot.

I’ve heard many horror stories of resident students receiving a ticket because they simply couldn’t find a parking spot outside of the commuter lots.

The problems of providing enough parking spots for college students seems like a difficult obstacle for schools to overcome.

Here’s my solution: To even the playing field a bit for students here, resident students should be able to park in any lot.

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About Ashley Steeb 27 Articles
Ashley Steeb is the sports editor for The Franklin. She is a Multimedia journalism major with minors in History and Public Relations. Ashley covered the 2016 Republican National Convention for TheStatehouseFile.com and is a contributing author in the Greatest Sports Stories in the History of Indiana. In her limited spare time, Ashley loves watching Butler basketball, San Francisco Giants baseball, Golf, and NASCAR. This is Ashley's third year on The Franklin staff and her first year in a leadership role. She previously held positions as a reporter for the News, Sports and Opinion sections.

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