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Dear Stony Brook University ,
Now from the title you might have an idea of what I’m going to discuss or you may have no clue at all. Here’s my list of pet peeves, along with my main issue with Stony Brook.
- Let’s brain storm together, shall we? What is huge, has a lot of people, and is quite annoying to do when on campus? Alright I’ll tell you. Parking. Parking is the equivalency to hell in my eyes. When I picture a steamy, hot, grossly filled place I think of a parking lot, sounds like hell though, right? I think the similarities show on their own. Parking is not fun, nor will it ever be fun. The worst part is that there is absolutely no parking on campus. If you want a spot then you better fight for it. I would love to know why there’s three parking lots for students but more than five parking lots for faculty. I want a body count of how many students and how many faculty there are, because I’m 100% sure that there are more students on campus than faculty. Which brings me to my main point; where is the logic? Professors want students to be on time, yet they’re the ones hogging up our spots making us late. I don’t understand how our campus works, to be honest, because a lot of things are backwards. The fact that at 7:50 in the morning you can’t find a commuter spot because they’re all filled is an indication that we’ve reached the seventh layer of purgatory. I also want to state that having any available lots with parking on the other side of campus is not helping any students be on time either.
- If the commuter lots are filled, we are forced to rush to the train parking lot, scatter for a spot, then rush to class. I feel like it’s more exhausting to find parking then it is to study for three tests in one week – and that should be saying a lot.
- The amount of times that I see faculty lots with a bunch of empty spots is kind of mind blowing. I know everyone likes to believe that majority of people at Stony Brook dorm instead of commute, but I’d just like to say that from personal experience parking around here… I don’t think so. I know there is so many others struggling with this issue and I truly believe something should be done about it. I know that Stony Brook’s administration or deans should really start to think about resolving this problem. No resolution might end up very poorly on their part, because I’m sure if it’s not me then someone else might start creating a protest around school, like maybe they’ll park their car on the grass if there are no spots. There’s a high chance that everyone will start using hoverboards; extreme matters might even lead to horses being parked outside of everyone’s buildings.
- It is a problem if a student has to walk a mile or take a bus to the campus. I don’t think it’s fair.
- Also can someone please explain to me why the gym parking lot is so huge? I’m sure 50 cars don’t go to the gym at the same time.
- Want to know another thing that irks me? Students. I’m trying to rush to get a parking spot and of course in the cross walks everyone is walking slower than a turtle in a blizzard. Courtesy! People, that’s all I’m asking for. You see, I’m annoyed or in a rush, can you speed walk just a little bit? I don’t ask for much, just basic, simple things. Everyone takes their time as if they don’t have class too. But once they’re in the building they’re rushing to get an elevator… again, where’s the logic? A lot of things bug me on this campus.
- Here’s another: when there’s an empty room, why do students have to walk on top of me as if I don’t exist? Maybe I really don’t exist, because people cut me off in parking lots, walk as slow as possible when my car is in front of them, and step on my feet even though there’s a whole other side of a room to walk in. Am I invisible ? Can you see me ? I’m talking to people who don’t even know my name, but you get my point as to why I’m thinking this way. I don’t know if people like annoying me to see a reaction, or if they just don’t care. Maybe it’s a little bit of both.
- My top pet peeve though… Well, here’s a mini story for you. One day I was running late and I parked in the train station parking lot. I found one spot close enough for me to walk up the hill to class without taking the bus. Anyway, I take the spot but this guy parks over my line and the lines in his own spot. I didn’t care if I was close enough to him because I needed a spot. I park in the spot, struggling to get out of my car, barely grabbing out my bag, and he gets out. He looks to see his terrible parking job and then as I’m struggling he walks away and locks his car. He didn’t say “let me fix myself” like a normal human being, no – he walks away. You can imagine the letter I wrote on his car and the word I used to describe him and his awful parking skills. Moral of the story is DON’T PARK AS IF YOU HAVE SUNGLASSES ON IN THE DARK.
- This is the end, getting bored of me yet? Well here’s my finishing statement/peeve. Parking is so bad that a handicap pass that may or may not be mine… has to be used in the paid metered parking. Why? Why should it get to this? We’re at that 9th layer now in hell where nothing else tops this. Nothing but an icy lake to freeze in. The fact is that even paid metered parking is completely filled and cost $17 dollars a day – as if I’m made out of money! I’m sorry, but unless the kids who are driving BMWs and G-classs to school want to throw some money my way, I don’t have it. I’m not even going to rant about handicap spots being filled because that would be a new all time low, but let’s just say there’s a lot of us.
Now that you understand my perspective as a student who commutes to campus maybe, possibly staff, students, whoever, will make my life a bit easier. I highly doubt it, but there is always that .01% that one cares where the others just don’t. If just one person tries to change, I’ll see this piece as something that was worth writing. I doubt Stony Brook will change the crappy parking conditions, but ranting felt good. I just wanted to let off steam by describing my hell. I’ll never know who’s going to read this piece, and you’ll never know who wrote it so maybe that’s the beauty of it all. I’m hoping something comes out of this rant though, it was a lot of work. Sincerely,