About the only way to stay positive about the K-State parking system is to view it as a fail-safe weight-loss program. Unless you’re one of the nine juniors who elects to remain on campus for a third consecutive year or the sort of ambitious student who volunteers to serve on hall government, you’d best make sure your boots are made for walking because you’ll be doing a lot of it, no matter how pimp your ride is. Freshmen and off-campus students suffer the grimmest fates. The former are restricted to lots just barely within county lines, and the latter are obligated to arrive on campus by 8:30 a.m. for even a prayer of securing a parking spot.
There are a number of parking alternatives, none of them especially inviting. Some skirt the insanity by biking, but for students hailing from anywhere outside of Manhattan, schlepping a bike to and from KSU is a major inconvenience. Others make a point of obtaining off-campus housing within walking distance of campus but literally pay for doing so. At least one student sought recourse through his Rollerblades, but the level of pedestrian congestion probably explains why it failed to catch on. The smartest solution is simply to invest in those boots and think about all the pounds you’re shedding.