This is my third semester at GPC, and this is my first semester taking an evening class. It’s not much different from my usual morning class, but it is unsettling walking around a nearly deserted campus at night.
Most of the major areas such as the cafe, bookstore, and food center are closed, and students are either in class or have gone home for the day. The major safety issue with evening classes is being on campus alone. For the majority, most campuses are safe, but one should never put him or herself in a position where they are alone and in a semi-secluded area (i.e the parking deck).
Now, I’m not trying to discourage any students from taking evening classes. Can a campus feel creepy at night? Yes. Should students consider taking night classes as an alternative to morning classes? Definitely.
The best part about taking an evening class is there are so many parking spaces available. Dunwoody campus is notorious for crowded parking. I can never find a relatively “close” parking space for my 10 a.m. class. I usually just resign myself to parking at the back of the campus or in the parking deck near the P.E building (which is also towards the far FAR end of campus).
In the evenings most of the students have left for the day and whoever is on campus can park relatively close to most of the major buildings. The only caution students should take when parking is where they park. Man or woman, a student should never park in a parking deck if they’re the only car there. Students should always look to park next to or near three or more cars just in case something happens.
Outside of parking, if a student is taking MARTA, be sure to know when the last bus/train is. No one wants to be left stranded on campus, at night, by themselves. Students should know their routes well enough to know how late they can stay on campus and when they need to leave. I’ve been in situations where I’ve missed my last bus and fortunately, I had family to help me and pick me up, but it’s terrifying to imagine being in a situation where I can’t go home, and I have no one to help me or even worse…I have to call and pay for a taxi to get home (good-bye paycheck).
Overall, students should consider taking evening classes, but should be mindful when it comes to their safety. Always park in an open area or around other cars and avoid secluded areas on campus.
Students who are taking MARTA should know how late they can stay and when they need to leave to avoid being stranded on campus or having to pay a ridiculous amount for a taxi ride home. Evening classes are great, but they are different from morning classes and one just needs to make the proper adjustments to enjoy their late afternoon/night classes.