Last year my friends and I met in McLean Hall. After a great year in the dorms, we decided that living off campus was the next move for us. Now, in our own apartment, we are having the time of our lives.
The only negative aspect about living off campus is that when I walk to class every morning, I feel like I could be facing death — something I should not be worrying about.
I am one of the many students who have to walk up the metal steps at the end of Queen Street. The steps are the easy part, but the crosswalk that I have to venture across is another story. I swear as I step out onto the street I see my life flashing before my eyes. One of these days, someone is going to be run over if some drivers continue to speed by.
It is not just at this one crosswalk either that students have to be careful when they step out onto the street. At every crosswalk on campus, not every driver is cautious while driving. In order to keep students safe, I think that crossing lights should be made at certain crosswalks on campus.
They would not have to be on at all times throughout the day. Early morning classes do not attract too many students, and roads around campus are not busy. This is something I have discovered as I attend my morning classes.
It is later in the day, around noon, when campus is in full swing. Students are heading to, or coming from class, and cars are constantly driving by. This time of the day is when yellow stoplights would come in handy.
For the safety of the students, I think this is something that the university should invest in.