New quarter, new students, same long lines
By Thunderword Staff
Finding a decent spot to park and waiting in lines proved to be the main struggles for High- line students during the first week of classes.
In the 2016 to 2017 academic year, 17,134 students were en- rolled at Highline.
This academic year enroll- ment has fallen slightly, with 16,917 students enrolled.
The first week of the quarter was still crowded, however, as parking lots were filled to the brim.
Highline student Jenna Prather shared her experience dealing with parking.
"I can never find a spot that's not carpool, even though I get here 30 to 45 minutes, sometimes an hour before my class starts," Prath- er said.
"They're so full, takes 15 minutes to find parking," Highline student Jasmine Kaur said.
Highline student Zoe Wil- liams had to arrive hours earlier than her class just to ensure a parking spot, she said.
"Today I showed up at 7.... I had class at 10, and it was still really busy," Williams said.
While some students parked off-campus, others attempted to park in the staff and faculty parking spots.
"[This] comes with a cost," said John Theiss, a staff mem- ber from the Placement and Testing Center.
Public Safety began pa- trolling the lots and issuing $30 tickets for parking in the wrong spots last Monday.
Waiting long periods of time
was not limited to parking, however.
One student explained how lines at the bookstore in Building 8 were so long, that they looped through the book- shelves.
"The bookstore was packed,
even in Building 6," said anoth- er student.
Lines for registration and assistance in Building 6 also required a little patience and time.
"It was a 20-minute wait just to get help for a student ID," said one Highline stu- dent.
Staff reporters Jager Dzur- canin, LeiLani Hector, Faaita Upuese, Param Kumar, Mila Hector, and Izzy Anderson con- tributed to this story.