UCF is notorious for its crowded parking garages and overfilled parking lots. While there is some end to the madness, as UCF Parking Services says that " after 5:30 p.m., students with parking permits are allowed to park in lots set aside for faculty and staff,” these are the five worst things students still have to deal with when they dare to drive their cars to campus.
Finding a parking spot
Getting to campus 45 minutes early to “search” for a parking spot, but still arriving late to class, is the thing I hate most about parking at UCF. This 45-minute endeavor between parking garages and lots can turn the most enthusiastic morning person into an unpleasant human being.
Having to stalk someone as they walk to their car
Put your personal space and dignity aside! Having to roll down your window and awkwardly ask someone who is walking if they are leaving their spot is a vital, yet pride-crushing, question that you need to succeed. When you arrive 45 minutes early with determination to make it to class on time, you may find yourself aimlessly following pedestrians in a garage just hoping they remember where they parked.
Having someone wait for your spot as you grab something from your car
When you are the stalkee rather than the stalker, having multiple people ask you if you’re leaving your spot when you’re just going to grab something from your car is annoying. But nothing beats the person who sits there with his or her blinker on waiting for you when you’ve indicated that you aren’t leaving. In the rare occurrence the person angrily speeds off around you, just know it is most likely out of embarrassment.
Deciding to park closer to your first class or last class of the day
For some of us commuters, one of the first decisions we make each day is whether we should park closer to our first class of the day or if we should conveniently park closer to our last. So many factors go into this crucial decision making process. Are you early, on time or late? How far apart are your first and last classes? Do you have time to walk to your first class if you park closer to your last? What is traffic like when you get out? Is it worth is to park closer to your last class if its during rush hour? Do you want to walk farther at the beginning of your day or at the end? The possibilities are endless.
Getting multiple tickets in one day
So, you parked in the spaces reserved for Student Health Services or faculty/staff — desperate times call for desperate measures — and got a ticket for parking out of your designated area. In the back of your mind you knew you’d probably get a $25 to $35 ticket and you weighed out the pros and cons, but what you didn’t know is that you could also get a ticket for having a tag that is a day expired or some other offense that you weren’t aware Parking Services ticketed for.
Megan Turner is a Contributing Columnist for the Central Florida Future.