Running Late

I'm almost always running late to class, meaning I'm on the verge of speed-walking through campus, trying to get in the door to my math class before everybody's already taking their test.

Because of this, I find there are a lot of obstacles littered around campus hindering me from getting around quickly. Sadly, one of the most common obstacles is my fellow student, or rather, lots of them.

I understand that people have just gotten out of class, where checking smartphones for Facebook posts and text messages is taboo, and now that they’re in passing it's time to check what's been going on in the outside world. Yet, more and more frequently, people are occupying their walk from class with their phone, keeping their heads down and being completely oblivious to what's going on around them.

The problem is that I'm already walking fast as hell and suddenly, in front of me, three people on their iPhones are closing in on all sides. I try to find the gap, change my pace to shoot through it or move to the side, but its no use. Two more students to my side are walking at a glacial pace, pants worn down around their ankles, limiting their range of motion.

I’m suddenly bouncing off shoulders and caught in a sea of tech-zombies, late for class. Fuck it, may as well check my phone too.

But it seems my fellow students aren't the original problem when it comes to obstacles throughout campus. The root of the problem goes much further back than the creation of the smartphone.

Shoreline Community College's breezeways are a maze of railings and raised platforms that, when navigating, automatically add three or more minutes to any route between classrooms.

Thankfully I travel light, which in my tardiness prepares me to climb railings and jump off platforms to get to my destination faster. Recently it's becoming more of a risk. I'm getting too comfortable with cutting corners. Soon I'll cut one corner too many and hurt myself. I'm looking at tiered staircases like jungle gyms and wheelchair ramps like actual ramps, and I have not trained enough in Parkour to be doing that.

I'm not asking for anything to change. I know people are going to check their phones while moving and SCC isn't going to get a remodel any time soon. I only ask for a bit of understanding when people see a guy pulling spin moves around groups of slow-moving students and jumping over railings with the tuck and roll. Just say, "Look at him go. That guy must be late to class."

Shoreline Community College's breezeways are a maze of railings and raised platforms that, when navigating, automatically add three or more minutes to any route between classrooms.

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