Florida National University (FNU) has a very conducive learning environment with competent academic and non-academic staff. The ever willing to learn friendly students from diverse backgrounds make the university an outstanding national and international learning center. FNU has a thriving national and international student population for which it provides similar tuition options for both two populations. However, the institution faces many challenges, which should be addressed to improve time wastage and increase better performance in students among many other things. Parking problems require immediate intervention because many of the students incur a lot of stress in trying to find parking lots that are limited due to the high number of vehicles under student ownership and the small parking space.
Parking on campus is an enormous challenge because all students are allowed to come to the university premises with personal cars. Unfortunately, the university has few parking lots, yet the number of students owning cars is large. The problem of parking in colleges usually occurs due to the high number of vehicles owned by students and staff or few parking lots to accommodate the available number of cars (Shakir and Mohammed 107). Students face serious dilemmas when they either lack ample parking places or park their vehicles far away from their intended destinations. When they park in far places, they are compelled to walk long distances to reach their classes. As a result, they get to their classes late, something that impairs academic performance. For the university to limit class lateness associated with parking problems, the parking problem should be solved by increasing the parking resources to a level that can comfortably accommodate all car owners within the campus.
Furthermore, parking problems are forcing students to come in conflict with the university parking rules, which is an illegal act. Once students fail to locate a free parking lot on the campus, they either park in the wrong places both within and without the campus (Shakir and Mohammed 109). In the case of FNU, students end up parking in prohibited places on campus or along streets outside the university. In most cases, they violate university regulations in the case parking occurs in non-designated areas and disregarding signs posted for the reserved car owners such as staff and lecturers (Al-Mosaind 206). This gives the security personnel a lot of work in addition to putting students at risk of facing legal charges from the university administration. In the long run, students are consumed with the stress that finally impacts their academic life in an adverse manner.
Therefore, the university needs to expand its parking space to accommodate the increased number of vehicles owned by students. Without the expansion of parking garages, students will keep facing these problems, which predisposes them to violate university regulations (Al-Mosaind 207). More action involves launching campaigns to create awareness of safe parking. Moreover, FNU should limit the number of students coming with cars on campus premises. For instance, the administration can decide to disallow all new students from coming to the campus with personal cars.
In conclusion, the FNU faces immense parking challenges because of the limited parking lots and high ownership of cars by students. The lack of parking space compels students to park cars far away from their destinations, which increases the prevalence of lateness in class. Some of them decide to break the regulations by parking in undesignated places, which is not only stressful to the security personnel but also to the students themselves once disciplinary actions become a reality.
Al-Mosaind, Musaad. “Traffic Conditions in Emerging University Campuses: King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.” Journal of Sustainable Development, vol. 7, no. 6, 2014, pp. 204-213.
Shakir, Alaa A., and Ali Ahmed Mohammed. “Curb parking in Campus and Stimulating Students to use Public Bus within National University of Malaysia (UKM) Campus.” International Journal of Advances in Applied Sciences, vol. 2, no. 3, 2013, pp. 105-112.