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The student media organization of California State University Northridge

Daily Sundial

The student media organization of California State University Northridge

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Battle of the student service lines

Students were welcomed back this week with long winding lines.

From the parking structures, bookstore, admissions and records, financial aid and the food court most student services are impacted the first few weeks of the semester.

In order to stay semi-sane, here are some tips for battling the lines.

Go early?or late! If you didn’t buy your books weeks beforehand, don’t get frustrated by that discouraging line. The Matador Bookstore is open from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. so instead of running with the herd midday, go between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. when the bookstore is almost empty.

Admissions and records and financial aid have attempted to put a lot of forms and information online, but some paperwork still has to be done in person. A ‘ R has a scattered schedule Monday: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Tuesday: 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. It is a little harder to peg a downtime hour, but again later in the evening on Tuesday and Wednesday or Friday afternoons offer shorter wait times. Remember Feb. 8 is the last day to drop or add classes. Try not to wait till the last minute.

There isn’t too much advice for the parking structure besides to get there early or to be prepared to trek across campus from the overflow parking lot.

If you have to be on campus all day and are confined to campus food since leaving campus and your parking spot is highly discouraged, beat the rush. The Sierra Center Marketplace gets busy around 11:30 a.m. so go before then or after 1:30 p.m. to avoid the long lines and masses of hungry students.

It’s a lot easier said than done, but hopefully you have some leeway in your schedule so you can adjust your time when visiting student service areas to relieve some stress.

For those who can’t and must be in the rush hour of CSUN services, it doesn’t have to be that bad. If you know you will be heading to Byramian Hall or the bookstore, be prepared. Grab a book, magazine, newspaper or even your class syllabi to read instead of staring at the clock on the wall and thinking about how long you’ve been in line and how annoying the freshman on her cell phone is behind you.

If you aren’t a reader and instead are addicted to your cell, instead of personal phone calls no one in line wants to hear, organize a list of appointments you need to make and scratch off your to-do list as you move along in line.

If you have to be spending time in line you might as well make the best of it and use the time to your benefit.

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