How much does the school know about the inconvenience that students experience every day at school? Perhaps, the school is unaware of the discomforts that students have daily around campus for they do not take classes, study for exams, or spend time with peers on campus. It seems that Chung-Ang University does not know the issues specifically. Thus, on behalf of Chung-Ang University students, CAH wants to point out some difficulties that students face as they live and spend a majority of time on campus. Let’s find out the uncomfortable points one-by-one that exists on campus.
1. Lack of Elevators Stimulates Frustration
Have you ever been late for class because the elevator lines were too long to wait? One thing for sure is that there are numerous students everyday who wait long periods for getting on the elevators. The outcome of this problem is that there are countless students who become tardy due to waiting for an elevator. Almost every building on campus has this problem. This scene can be seen almost every minute throughout the day, especially in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Many students tend to describe this phenomenon as a war. However, this discomfort issue appears especially in taller buildings, such as Building 310 and Building 303. To state some facts, there are only two elevators in Building 203, four in Building 303 and around seven in Building 310. It may seem there are enough elevators in each building, but it would be essential to compare the total number of students to the total number of elevators. Moreover, when there are a times when some elevators are being serviced for technical problems, the areas around the elevators and stairs turn into chaos.
2. Lack of Places for Food Waste
As we walk around the campus it is quite easy to see some delivery food items that are enjoyed by students. When days get longer and warmer, many students come outside to the “Peppero Plaza” and around the Blue Dragon Pond in order to enjoy the weather with delicious food. Moreover, during the test periods, students order delivery food more than ever. However, this gives every student a burden of work to do. This is because there are no separate trashcans for leftover food. This gives students work having to separate leftover food, boxes, and other trash. Since there are no separate trashcans, students tend to find restrooms to solve this problem. Many students go to restrooms and get rid of all the leftovers by flushing it into the toilets. Another method that students do is to just throw the food waste out along with the boxes. This becomes more of a disgusting problem when the weather gets warmer. All the leftover food near the trashcans makes terrible air conditions. As a result, these problems hinder the pleasant learning environment.
3. Limitations in Using Vending Machines
Vending machines that are placed on campus have limitations as well. Currently, many students are facing some difficulties with the way they pay. On campus, there are specific types of cards that are needed for using the vending machines. One is the “pop card,” which can be only used in convenience stores. The other ones are the ones that can be used as transportation cards. This means that no other cards are allowed and cannot be used. These inconveniences are complained about by many students who do not have time to go all the way to the convenience store between classes. Usually, it is hard for students to go to a convenience store and buy drinks and snacks. Often, students tend to rely on the vending machines that are placed on the floors. However, since there are limitations in using the vending machines, CAH hopes that the day will arrive when students can use all cards other than the ones for traffic use and for convenience store use. CAH always anticipates students will enjoy their school lives more comfortably.
1. CAH: Have you ever felt discomfort in separating the trash because there is no place for food waste?
SHIM: Yes, definitely. My friends and I often order delivery food on campus, especially during spring and summer. However, since there are no places for the food waste, we always face difficulties finding appropriate places to put trash. We sometimes end up just trashing it all together without separating the items into different categories. Just like there is a place for drink waste, I hope the school makes a new trashcan that is just for food waste.
JUNG: This reason that I often eat cup ramen at school is because leftovers can be dumped into the toilet without having to worry about a toilet plugging problem. Other than ramen, it is really hard to find a place to put trash. Just the other day, my friends and I could not find a place for the food waste we had. So, we ended up just putting it next to the trashcan. I think that we really need a separate food waste bin for students.
2. CAH: Were there any cases where you were late or had to wait a long time to the use an elevator?
KIM: I get frustrated with the elevators every single day. Since there are only a limited number of elevators in most buildings, waiting for a long line for elevators is now a common phenomenon. I have been late three times already this semester because there were long lines for the use of the elevators. Since my class is on the 9th floor, it is hard to climb the stairs all the time.
SHIM: Yes, almost always. I often wait in a long line for the elevators especially in Building 310 and Building 303. These two buildings have the highest floors out all the buildings on our campus. So, using the elevator is necessary. However, since there are thousands of students who are taking classes in the same buildings, it is often hard to use the elevators. So, I tend to either climb up the stairs or just wait more than 10 minutes.
3. Were there any times where you could not use the vending machines because it only accepts certain cards?
JUNG: This makes me very frustrated especially when I am taking 3-hour long classes. During those 3 hours of classes, there are times where I want to buy some drinks or snacks to help my concentration. However, it is impossible for me to use the vending machine because my card cannot be used for transportation. So, I ended up just not buying anything because break time is not long for me to go all the way to the convenience store.
KIM: Yes… I actually borrowed some cash from my friend the other day because my card did not work for the vending machine. It is ridiculous how there are limitations in using the vending machines on our campus. All the vending machines should be replaced where they accept all the sorts of cards.
Does the school know the inconvenience that students experience in their daily lives at school? The school is probably unaware of the needs and the improvements that students desire. It is now necessary for the school to make positive changes for all the students, so that each student can have a better campus life. Solving these problems will definitely improve the quality of life in students’ lives by relieving their discomforts. This will eventually lead Chung-Ang University students to study and live in a better studying environment.< 저작권자 © 중앙헤럴드 무단전재 및 재배포금지 >