Spring Quarter brings out variety of issues

By Peter Brooks and Mayia Matiaschuk - Staff Reporters

Highline students wrestled with morning parking, and adjusting to classes at the start of Spring Quarter.

"It's already really difficult. I have to read an entire chapter every day, but it makes sense because it's an advanced course," said Kaz Seko. "And finding parking requires a carpool permit during certain times, and I couldn't get one this quarter, so I just walk. But I recommend the lot behind the library."

Several students had things to say about parking at Highline. 

"Around 8:30 a.m. there is much less congestion, but it's still horrible around noon," said Charles Bowman.

One student did have a theory.

"I get here at 9:45 to 10 a.m. and park in the north lot," said J.J. Depano. "Walking up the hill and back and forth to all of my classes takes time, and I think it's the reason why most students are late to class. It's also hard for me because one of my classes isn't on campus."

"There are no parking spots and I'm afraid of being towed if I park anywhere else," said Doug Hobbs.

Some students have had other woes.

"One of my professors set the due date to an assignment in Canvas to p.m instead of a.m., and another posted all the modules except for Module 1," said John Kannin.

"The first two weeks are stressful for kids with financial aid because of deadlines," said Jared Whidden. "There's no inter-department communication in Building 6 as well."

Students say navigating college gets easier with experience.

"The more time I'm in school, the less it's a struggle," says Eileen Petrie.

"It's been interesting to come back in my final quarter," said Charles Bowman.

"I'm excited to be back to get my certification in AAS for chemical dependency," said Amy Goo. 

One student had two words for the first week at Highline.

"Nap time," said Nicholas Doyle. He said the first week is basically just going over syllabi.

Another student expressed disappointment concerning socializing.

"Highline seems antisocial to me since no-one has talked to me," said Dee Shreya.

"I've checked out the clubs and they seem unvaried. The people also seem like they're in their own clique, so it feels like I'm not wanted or accepted."

Another student loves the experience of Highline, but there's always one problem.

"It's really great," said Arsh Kaur. "Sometimes the parking sucks, though. I get to school around 9:30 a.m. so it's bad timing for parking here."

More students seem to enjoy the experience, even if mildly.

"All around good," said Cristian Cadena. "It's school, you know, but I like my class."

"It feels like high school but with more freedom," said J.J. Depano.

And then less mildly.

"Everything's great, and I like my teachers," said Alex Rife.

"I like the people the most," said Jonah Hays. "I have more friends here than anywhere else, and I like the diversity of personality."

With Spring Quarter en route, spirits are ready to be brighter.

Amy Goo offers motivational advice:

"Keep an open mind, use all the resources you can and stay connected to other students. Keep going for what you're passionate about."

As students and staff see shorter lines at the Bookstore, it is still hard to get from place to place. 

Even though fewer people have enrolled for Spring Quarter, there are still waiting lists with full classrooms.

"Most of my classes are full, and I have a couple of friends that are on the waiting list," said Vlad Oleinik, a full-time student. 

 "I have classes that are full and have waiting lists, but most of [students] get in," freshman Alex Jabusch said.

Thu Ho, a worker in the Bookstore, said "There are less people but its still crowded. Not as many people are in line trying to buy books." 

 "It's kind of surprising. You would expect to see less students, since most people are most likely to enroll in the fall," Bogdan Chmil said. 

Though enrollments fluctuate, complaints about parking never seem to change.

"I take the bus when I have later classes, because I know that there usually won't be any more parking spots later in the morning," Chmil said.

Knowing about the parking situation, freshman Jennifer Rubin said she takes the bus.

"Most of my friends get here by a car, but they always complain about parking and I don't want to deal with it." 

Parking permits cost $46 for full-time students and $18 for carpoolers. 

Student Miya Slobodyanyuk, has also faced parking challenges and decided to carpool with her friends.  

"I've been struggling to find a parking spot for my later classes," she said.  "If I had a class that started at 10 in the morning I would come around 9, because I've had times where I would be late looking for a parking spot."

Victoria Briggs has also found carpooling to be more efficient. 

"Carpooling is more convenient. It fits my schedule and I don't have to wake up as early," she said.

Carpool tickets are sold to the first 250 people, but the driver and passenger have to be present to be able to purchase the pass. There are around 2,200 total parking spaces on campus.

Richard Noyer, Public Safety's project manager for Parking Enforcement, said that in a couple of years things will change."

In two years, there will be a light rail transit across Pacific Highway South from Highline with 1,500 parking spots. Students may make the decision use light rail to come to college and to avoid the parking problems. 

In an effort to alleviate the parking situation, Highline also provides Orca cards with student discounts.

"Highline already sells rapid ride passes with students' discounts," Noyer said.

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Club Fair next Tuesday

If you want to join a club at Highline but have questions, visit the Club Fair next Tuesday. The fair will take place in the Mt. Constance room in Building 8. The fair will occur from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Jan. 23, and will have representatives from many of the clubs on campus.

Help with Transfer Portfolio

Students who are planning on transferring to a four-year school but need help with their personal statement essay can attend a seminar on Thursday, Feb. 1. The event will take place in the MESA Center in Building 25 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Students who want their portfolios reviewed by a representative from surrounding colleges will have that opportunity on Thursday, Feb. 8. The event will take place in the Mt. Constance room from 1:30-4 p.m. Students must register by Jan. 25. You can register in Building 6 in the Transfer Center, or online at bit.ly/tprd-wtr18.

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