Reported by Miri Sonoda

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Fall 2017 semester starts and new students enter California State University, Fullerton. At the beginning of every semester, the first struggles they face are traffic and parking.

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IRVINE, CALIFORNIA – 8:31 a.m. – “My class starts at 10 a.m., so I have a plenty of time,” says Saika Satake, a junior transferred student at California State University, Fullerton, but she doesn’t know struggles will block her way to her class. Is she able to get to her class on time?
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She enjoys her morning driving while her first enemy is approaching.
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#Struggle 1: Red Light – The red light on Culver irritates people by stopping them for a couple minutes during the morning rush.
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She can’t do anything until the signal turns to be green and gets irritation. As soon as she gets through the red light, she encounters another struggle. After she enters Freeway I-5…
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#Struggle 2: Traffic – During every morning rush, Freeway I-5 becomes a traffic monster. It usually takes 20 minutes from Irvine to Fullerton, but how long will it take at this time?
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HONK, HONK, AND HONK! Finally, she says “Bye” to the traffic and rushes into Nutwood Parking Structure at California State University, Fullerton. The current time is 9:08 a.m.
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#Struggle 3: Parking – In every morning, this frustrates students with zero parking spot. Some students drive around while the others park their cars and wait by the escalators just to get one parking spot.
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She chooses the option of waiting for students to come back.
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“Are you leaving?” she asks, but students always answer “No.”
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She captions “looking for parking at Fullerton be like” on her Snapchat and to kill her time.
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After more than five times of asking, she finally earns a parking spot at 9:56 a.m. Her class will start in four minutes.
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Her goal is almost there.
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She beats all of her struggles and makes on time in her class.