By Anna Chanthaphavong
Everyday students who drive have to worry about where are they going to park. Some students have a usual spot they park in everyday, but there is still the worry that someone will take that spot. For some students who don’t come early, they have to search around the parking lot for a spot before the bell rings while others do too.
¨Before 7:10 the parking lot is basically empty, but after that’s when all the cars come in,” said Senior Ryan Sera, 18.
Even though it’s first come first serve, many people have their usual spot they park in everyday and often get annoyed when someone else parks in it. It creates tension and stress for those who fight over parking spaces. Along with that, some unlucky students have to park outside of the school, across the street giving them a longer walk.
There is also the constant worry of something happening to their car because of what goes on in the parking lot. Students hang out in their cars with their friends before and after school; and some of them mess around in the parking like playing with a football, frisbee, or any other ball, along with running over a baby doll and making other people’s car alarms go off. This makes students worry for the condition of their car and angers them when their car gets damaged because of these activities. There is also the problem of students speeding in the parking lot.
There are many solutions for all these problems with the parking lot. For safety issues, students should be careful when they play around in the parking lot and try not to do any damage to other people’s cars. There can also be security around to make sure nothing too bad happens there.
¨Security rotates around over different locations, one including the parking lot but we could have watch over it more.” said Security Iris Vazquez.
For parking spaces, the school could expand the parking lot in the future so students don’t have to park outside of school. Along with that, to make less conflict, they could make certain areas for Juniors and Sophomores. For Seniors, they could get their own parking spot of their own and even paint it just like in San Pasqual and Orange Glen.
¨It might be difficult to expand the parking lot but the painted spots seems like a good idea.¨ said Vasquez.
Seniors can pay for certain spots, which will help raise money for prom and their senior events. And for those who have money issue, the school could give some Seniors their own parking spaces as a reward for good grades or high scores on tests like the CAHSEE or SAT. Students could also show their artistic side and draw what they want on their parking spaces (as long as it is school appropriate)and really make a statement for their senior year.
“It’s their last year, so why not let Seniors have to something to show?” said Junior Nicholas Brackett, 16.
It’s obvious that these problems will not be fixed so quickly, so for now, security should watch over the parking lot before and after school. Students could also have a petition to start for personal parking space. However, the main solution to fix this problem is to be courteous to each other when it comes to parking spaces and to stop messing around so much in the parking lot.
Photo by Anna Chanthaphavong After school, the parking lot has students hanging out with friends, changing for sports or getting in their car to leave school.