Instead of blogging about writing, I have something else I want to get off my chest. While many Bentley students are writers, just as many are drivers. For all you Bentley drivers out there, I share your frustration in tracking down a parking space, whether it’s leaving for the weekend to visit family, or for ten minutes to drop-off your senior friends at Skellig. I know the feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you roll into the back of Kresge/Forest and see that the parking spot you had just minutes ago is now occupied. The last thing you want to do is park on Miller deck and have to walk all the way back to your room.
However, there are a few ways of dealing with this issue in a rational manner.
Leave when the time is right. It’s the weekend. You gaze out your window and see plenty of empty parking spaces. This is prime time to leave and come back with a good chance of getting a parking space. However, if you plan to leave at noon on Saturday when everyone is gone and you want to come back that evening at 10, you are going to be out of luck. Everyone is coming back around 7 to get ready to go out for the night. This is a given.
Don’t leave at all. Just don’t take your car. Sometimes you shouldn’t take the risk of losing your parking space if it’s not worth it. If you don’t leave your space, you won’t have the added stress of finding a new one. Sometimes this is the best option when you are considering driving to Upper for class because you are being lazy.
Be patient. The battle isn’t over yet. Initially, there aren’t any spots, but you still have time. Always allow yourself a solid 15 minutes to find a spot. Someone is bound to leave very soon and you just have to be patient. Be assertive and I promise you will get a spot.
Have a friend save you the space by casually doing homework in the parking space. (Totally kidding… this is overkill and I doubt any of your friends would ever consider doing it for you.)
Go for a temporary fix. You are all out of options, or so you think. There is one last thing your desperate self can do. There are always those spots you aren’t technically supposed to park in but people do anyways. The white lined spaces are almost always open and of course, the old “let me park at the end of the row and no one will notice that this isn’t actually a parking space” trick is an option. Take advantage of these spaces. However, be aware that you might be subject to a Bentley parking ticket unless you move your car before the police do their rounds.
So there you have it. I hope my suggestions help you become a better Bentley parker and encourage you to take your car out more! Waltham, Harvard Square and Boston are great places to spend the day in because sometimes you have to get out of the “Bentley bubble.”