Last Tuesday, just as an ordinary sort of day, I drove to school 30 minutes early with my classmate, Alex, to go to Data Analysis class at 10:30 AM. I picked up Alex at Fisher Commons, drove safely on West Lane Ave., approached the parking lot near Gerlach Hall, and then…. we found a very serious problem:
THERE IS NO PARKING SPACE AVAILABLE!
Oh my god, it’s almost 10:20 and I still could not find one! Alex was also anxious; he looked for the space hardly but, just as my other classmates (I saw Kai drove his car around, also looked for the space at the same time), he could not find any empty spot at all. I drove around the parking lot and it was 10:30! What should I do? Should I keep looking for the space? Should I drive back to Fisher Commons and skip the class? If I skip the class, what information and knowledge I will miss (since I invest a lot of tuition in the MBA program!) ?
Suddenly, a very good idea came into my mind:
‘Go to the class right now!!’ I told Alex.
‘But how about you? Will you skip the class?’ said Alex.
‘Go to the class and work hard. I will try to find a parking space and I will be late, but you can teach me the contents I missed in class today!’
‘Sure!’ said Alex.
Finally, I parked my car in Tuttle Garage and paid 7 dollars for parking over 5 hours (It’s too bad… since I already paid over 200 dollars for the student’s parking permit!). I still went to the class but almost 1 hour late. Fortunately, the professor was so kind and he did not blame me. Alex taught me how to make a pivot table, so I still learn new knowledge.
Clearly, this is a valuable lesson in ‘teamwork’, which is an important element of MBA program. Alex and I cooperated with each other when we faced the difficulty. However, Alex was also late for class for 2 minutes. Therefore, I feel that I should make the decision much earlier when I found that we certainly cannot find the parking space in 20 minutes.
Most importantly, after that Tuesday, I decided that —-
I WILL ALWAYS GO TO SCHOOL 1.5 HOURs EARLY TO SAVE THE PARKING SPACE!