I am someone who is regularly made fun of for how I drive. I am someone who admits that —sure — I am not the best parker in the world. But, let me tell you. I belong with a capital “B” in the Kennedy Apartments because Kennedy residents are truly something else when it comes to their parking. 

I regularly leave campus and come back throughout the day, usually for work. Once I return, the parking spot I held previously is taken. That means I scan the parking lot for an empty space between two lines and get to really take in a true phenomenon. 

The chaos in the parking lot is almost admirable. We have one car perfectly diagonal yet somehow not interfering with the lines. We have a bigger car most definitely interfering with the lines but the car next to it adapts and makes it okay. Then we have one guy who has made it impossible to park next to him. There are cars that have been parked horribly for days at a time and literally do not leave. The drivers don’t come back to fix it. 

I truly believe Kennedy residents have the nicest of friends because I firmly believe my friends would never let me get over my poor parking. I’d be getting Snapchats taken of me and my car. 

I have come to realize — I have found my Gonzaga community. I transferred here my sophomore year. I had a different car at the time, but that doesn’t mean my driving skills were any different. I was a commuter student then, as well, and at the end of the year, I was able to land a spot in Kennedy. Lucky me, am I right? 

I’m a firm believer in the saying that everything happens for a reason. I hadn’t quite found my community yet being off campus for a year, and I was determined to find it this year. Instead, it found me. As I scan the parking lot in the dark after work, it is sometimes a real mess. While it isn’t everyone, it is some drivers — some drivers like me. 

I’ve never felt so included. There truly is a place for me here. I don’t have to hide who I am, I can be both out in the open and out of the lines at the same time. We are GU. 

Let me say, I am honored to have found you all. The thing is, there is nothing wrong with bettering your community. Improvements can happen anywhere and everywhere, all the time. 

With that being said, let’s get it together. 

I get it, parking crooked is really easy. It takes exactly zero skills. That, in general, is not the worst. What is the worst, is when you are out of the lines to the point that people cannot park next to you. If you are in two spots, I think it is a good indication that maybe you should rearrange a little bit. Get yourself into one spot and call it a day. We can do better. 

Jordan Gonzalez is a contributor.

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