All of us have experienced parking nightmares in our lives. But being SMC students this happens every single time we head to college. As the number of students attending grows the parking issue has become one of the most common problems students face. Imagine if you had a class around noon, you arrive early but you have to be in a parking line for up to an hour. Now you’re starting to run late and stress and even if you find a spot, you’re still late and in some cases, professors will not excuse you for that reason. With less students coming into SMC, parking is still one of the biggest hassles students have to deal with. Professors aren’t exempt from this issue as even they find themselves running late to their classes. Sedi, an SMC student, says, “It’s not fair to pay $80 for a parking spot when there is none available.” She goes on to point out, “SMC shouldn’t sell parking spots beyond capacity.” Maintenance Manager, Damien Rodriguez, had his own opinion about the parking situation. “it sucks,” he says “There’s nothing much you you can do besides findind a spot two hours early or wait until the afternoon to find a spot, unfortunately, you may miss your class.” Damien highly recommends alternative transit methods such as the Big Blue Bus, carpooling with Lyft or even parking on the Bundy campus and taking the SMC shuttle to the main campus. “Come park on the weekend and walk to the beach” he jokes, “There will be plenty of space then.” SMC has taken steps to alleviate this issue or at least inform students of ways to get around parking. Going around campus students often see signs advertising the use of the BBB or Big blue bus transit. The cafeteria has signs posted through the lunch halls recommending carpooling to save gas but also to avoid parking. It seems the more ideal and efficient way of travel is by making use of such methods though in the case of services like Lyft it may seem like a costly and/or inefficient compared to driving your own car. Some students also take bikes to school along with the bus or use motorbikes to avoid the parking issue altogether. And yet parking is still an issue to both students, professors and employees. Santa Monica College has close to 30,000 students attending, many of which know how to drive and who use their cars as their primary mode of transportation.