The Senior parking situation at Benedictine is much different this year. We have moved from our original spaces and made room for more cars. Though it is much different, it has been easy to settle into the new situation and, for the most part, the Seniors are comfortable with it now.
The main reason for the new parking is the addition of St. Gertrude students and teachers. Prior to this year, senior Cadets shared the parking lot next to the parade deck with teachers. With the new addition of teachers from St. Gertrude, all of the spots are taken up.
This is a bummer, because that was always the Cadets' favorite place to park as seniors. Now, seniors are all in the regular student parking lot. That, too, needs to be shared, which takes more Senior parking. It is split in half by Cadets on the far side and Gators closer to the school.
Not only does this parking change affect seniors, but it affects all underclassmen too. If you are not at least 10 minutes early, you are going to have to walk pretty far to get to formation. This is due to the spots being pushed back further and further by the splitting of spots. The situation has left the Cadets with less space and greater distances to walk. Cadet Ethan Altovilla '22 said, "We usually have to start walking early to formation, because if we don't we will be late."
Yes, it is a frustration to the younger Cadets, but it is something that we knew was a possibility with the new students coming in.
These changes are nothing for the Cadets though. The Cadets have fought through many challenges, so this is the least of their worries. Cadet Michael Aleksa '21 stated," I think students overreact to how important a parking spot is and at the end of the day it does not matter." This shows that Cadets have very different perspectives on the parking, because Art Neal '21 noted," I am parking as far away as I was my Junior year my Senior year. It is seriously inconvenient."
Other than the few inconveniences, Cadets are excited to share the parking lot with the students from St .Gertrude.