With this semester’s enrollment increase, students are finding themselves once again struggling to get to their classes from over filled parking lots. Students were left shocked by police blockades and a forty-five minute “adventure,” as some called it, in looking for a parking spot.With student attendance as a hot issue with the campus board of trustees, students protest the amount of early “unnecessary” stress is a factor.
Each year the PCC student body gains an addition on average of five thousand students, a good percentage of which drop during the first two weeks the semester beings.
“It’s too much for a lot of people to deal with,” said Austin Stimes, a second-year part-time student. “We have enough going on in our lives as it is.”
Austin gave his account of arriving fifteen minutes before his 8:45 am class and waiting in line to get into the parking lot.
There was a cop car with flashing lights in the center divider. “It was kind of weird, ” he said. “They then blocked off the entrance my lane was trying to go into with cones so everyone in my line had to go around to the other side. One guy tried to make a u-turn so he could get in the other line but the cop told him he couldn’t. We all had to go around. “He didn’t end up getting to his class till 9:15 a.m.
If PCC hopes to increase long-term attendance successfully many students and faculty agree that the campus ought to set up a friendlier less “chaotic system” during the first few weeks of school that encourages people to stay and feel comfortable with entering the college world. According to Psychology Today, a comfortable environment is essential for any individual trying to become accustomed to their new surroundings.
PCC has a very large student body attendance from other community college districts. On average 67 percent of new students each year come to PCC choosing the college over another community college closer to his or her home. The reason for this is simple, PCC is ranked second in the state, next to Santa Monica Community College, and the end result is a high student influx for a better education.
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