The Stress of University Parking

University can be a fun, social and enjoyable time as you are learning new things, making new friends and creating a future for yourself. However it always can be a stressful and exhausting time as the pressure of assignments and exams whilst working part time and maintaining some sort of social life can become extremely overwhelming.

Stress is a common factor within any University and therefore I am proposing for my research assignment to study the stress of University and how one little factor of university life can impact that. The factor that I have decided on studying is the limited amount of car parking spaces available at the University of Wollongong and how this affects students. The question i propose to answer is:

“How does the stress of parking at University affect students and staff?”

In 2002 a research survey by Anthony Winefield, Nicole Gillespie, John Hapuararchchi, Con Stough, and Jagdish Dua was completed studying Occupational stress in Australian Universities. This survey is looking at the stress staff and students at Universities are facing and how the long hours they are undertaking is associated with their poor physical and mental health. This article will be a main focus within my research assignment. It perfectly depicts how students and staff cope with the long and tiring hours of University through survey and analysis.

As a full time student who lives half an hour from university I understand the difficulties of trying to find a car park when I arrive at University for the day. I often result to lining up for the multi story car park available at the University of Wollongong, which can sometimes take thirty to forty minutes to wait for. Not only are you waiting a long time for a car park and often missing a class or two, it also costs almost double the amount as the regular out door car parks. Paying up to $13 dollars a day three days a week may not sound much but when you times it by the fifteen weeks in a term and time that by two semester it is almost $1200 a year. As a student living out of home and having to work two part time jobs to live day to day $1200 a year just for parking is a lot of money.

Simon Anderson the author of Economics of pricing parking and Amihai Glazer the author of Parking fees and congestion both produced articles that I will be using within my research assignment. They both talk about the price of parking within customer-based environments and how these need to change due to congestion. Even though these two articles are not focused on universities they both are produce substantial information into parking, payment, and ways to fix congestion in car parks.

During my research I will be comparing the University of Wollongong with the University of Canberra and how the two schools organise their parking arrangements for their staff and students. I will be looking into parking prices, permit availability, congestion issues, and student to car spaces ratio.

For the next part of the assignment I will also be conducting a preliminary survey for students who are currently attending the University of Wollongong to see how parking affects them personally and what sort of impact this has on them as students. Between 100 and 200 people will take the survey, as this will provide a substantial amount of evidence as to what people think of the Universities current parking situation.

As stated University can be a stressful and exhausting time in a students life, therefore Universities should be doing everything they can to ease the pressure for their students and staff to get the best results possible. The focus of this assignment will be providing academic research and analysis of the stress at University and how the factor of parking with very limited spaces adds to the stress of students and staff.

– Natasha 

References

Science Direct, Simon Anderson, The economics of pricing parking, June 2003
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0094119003000779

Science Direct, Amihai Glazer, Parking fees and congestion, 15/4/2002
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/016604629290028Y

Survey Monkey, University Parking Survey
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JJTFYH2

Research Gate, Anthony Winefield, Nicole Gillespie, John Hapuararchchi, Con Stough, and Jagdish Dua, Occupational Stress in Australian Universities: A National Survey 2002, January 2002
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Con_Stough/publication/45705774_Occupational_Stress_in_Australian_Universities_A_National_Survey_2002/links/02bfe512411176115f000000.pdf

Week 5 Module – ‘A Dark Room’

The Dark Room by Gemma Mollenhauer is one of deep emotion and a meaningful story that expresses the the state of mind of a person who is suffering from Depression. Depression is portrayed through this audio story as being a cold, empty and lonely metaphorical dark room and how this person always winds up in this state of mind.

The audio story contained ambient sounds of intense breathing which was suggesting that the interviewee was lost for words or finding it difficult to articulate the feeling of ‘darkness’ inside of her. The sounds of the door opening and closing were also affectively placed as they showed a metaphorical entering and leaving of this dark room state of mind. Through the tone in her voice you could tell that this was an emotional and hard thing for her to talk about. It almost made me imagine that as she was talking she was entering her dark room and I was entering it with her.

Gemma did an excellent job of telling an emotional story of struggle and self-doubt whilst also keeping it professional. The use of ambient sounds contributed to a strong and powerful story enabling her effectively to tell this sad story and to leave the audience feeling empathetic towards the interviewee.

Link to Gemma’s audio story: https://thegrandnarrative8.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/292/

– Natasha

Week 12 Module – “Medium Soy Latte Please”

For this weeks task I reviewed assignment 3 on Convergent Journalism by Gemma Mollenhauer. I though that the story was very engaging with the use of videos and pictures which made the story interesting to read.

Gemma engaged my attention very quickly just through the use of her title. To theme the story around coffee I believe was very valuable as it engages the reader attention and then eases into the report of more serious and important issues. Through the use of hyperlinks and embeds throughout the report made a smooth flow and it made it easier to understand the topics which she was discussing

The use of images and videos enhances the readers understanding of what Gemma is trying to say. By using the John Oliver video from YouTube, Gemma not only added vital information that was linked to the topic but she also added humour and comedy to the piece. This enables to audience to enjoy what they are reading and want to continue to find out more.

I found Gemma’s report to be interesting and engaging as she told the story efficiently and effectively. All of her images and videos tied in nicely to the report which enabled her to effectively tell a story.

– Natasha

Week 10 Module – Inspirational Journalists

Social Media platforms play a huge roll in our world today. Twitter is one platform that has become very powerful and useful for journalists to post and share information and stories that they feel are important. Three journalists that inspire me include  Sylvia Jeffreys, Emma Freedman, and Natalie Gruzlewski all of which have a strong voice on twitter.

https://storify.com/natasha_muir/week-10-module#publicize

– Natasha

JRNL102 – Week 4 Module

“When people tell you a story, it’s like they’re singing you a song. Every voice has its own musicality, its own tone and timbre. And even just a little half-sentence fragment can go in through your ear and tell you something profound about a person’s soul.”

When interviewing Rhys for this assignment I am hoping to show his true emotions towards the stage and why he has such a strong connection towards it. By interviewing him in the theatre I’m hoping this will provide echoes and tones that will add affect to the interview. Within the narrative I will be asking questions to find out why performing has such an impact on his life and why he is choosing to spend his life dedicated to the theatre and performing. The audio and ambient sound within this interview should provide the listener with an image of the location and his true emotions.

– Natasha