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Assigned parking spots make sense

Even+after+getting+their+parking+permits%2C+students+are+still+struggling+to+find+a+spot+in+the+lot.+Many+are+in+favor+of+assigned+spots%2C+which+could+make+the+process+more+convenient+and+fun.+%E2%80%9CI+think+we+should+each+have+our+own+allotted+spot%2C+and+decorate+them%2C%E2%80%9D+senior+Sylvie+Bergoffen+said.
Geetanjali Raju
Even after getting their parking permits, students are still struggling to find a spot in the lot. Many are in favor of assigned spots, which could make the process more convenient and fun. “I think we should each have our own allotted spot, and decorate them,” senior Sylvie Bergoffen said.

With the start of a new school year, students at WJ are faced with a mix of excitement and anxiety. Among the privileges and responsibilities that come with this territory, one eagerly anticipated by upperclassmen is the newfound freedom of driving to school and the privilege of parking in the student lot. However, what should be a symbol of independence often turns into a source of stress and frustration for many. WJ students can relate to the daily struggles of finding a parking spot, dealing with morning traffic, and navigating the chaos in the lot. The solution to this problem may lie in adopting a system of designated parking spots, a practice already in place at many MCPS schools like Churchill and Whitman. Shouldn’t WJ consider following suit?

Assigned parking spots have the potential to transform our school’s parking lot into a more organized and fair space where every student can secure a spot. Furthermore, it could enhance campus safety, as the administration would have a clear record of who parks where, making it easier to identify unfamiliar vehicles. We’ve witnessed issues in the past with students parking without permits, a problem that designated passes could help eradicate. Additionally, the current system often leads to unofficial assignments, sparking conflicts between students. The introduction of assigned parking spots would eliminate the need for students to wake up excessively early just to secure a parking spot. This new system would offer students a safer and more consistent option, providing the comfort of a familiar spot and reducing the stress of their daily routines.

Beyond the practical benefits, designated parking spots could also introduce a new senior tradition at WJ. As students rush to grow up and focus on their future goals, they sometimes overlook the significance of the present moment. The student parking lot could become a canvas for celebration, where students can decorate and personalize their spots to highlight important milestones such as birthdays, college acceptances, and more. WJ could even organize events centered around decorating these spots, fostering a stronger sense of community and connection between seniors and the school. This tradition could become as cherished as the senior shed painting, strengthening the bonds within our school community.

In conclusion, implementing assigned parking spots at WJ would not only alleviate the daily parking struggles but also enhance campus safety and create a unique senior tradition. It’s time for WJ to consider this practical and meaningful change that will benefit both current and future students, providing them with a smoother and more memorable high school experience.

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