Thursday, December 08, 2016

Quote of the day

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." -John Wooden

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Song of the day

It's enough to make you want to pull your hair out

So now I really want to strangle the Syracuse University admissions office. Before, I could take their incompetency with a grain of salt. All college and university offices are inept in their way, so I was able to be more philosophical about it all.

Let’s see, I think the order of events for the past three months has been:
  • Emailed for information, and received two different emails from two different people, neither of which answered my questions at all but instead gave me two different versions of the application process – one for undergrad and the other for grad school.
  • Called to ask if they had a second bachelor’s program, and was told no.
  • Called back after talking to another school to confirm that they didn’t have a second bachelor’s program, and was told that they do. Asked if I should apply as a freshman or a transfer, and they said transfer.
  • Go to apply as a transfer, and call to ask a question about the application. Was told I didn’t need to do an application, but that I needed to fill out three other forms and send my previous college transcripts. The forms were then emailed to me.
  • Paid for transcripts to be sent, completed forms and emailed those back. Called to make sure they got them and if I needed anything else. Emailed to ask if they needed anything else from me, and was sent previously sent forms to fill out – because they hadn’t received the filled out ones that I’d sent.
  • Called to make sure they got the forms that was needed, and was told to send in another form, which had also been previously sent, filled out, and returned. Was also told that I needed to do an application. Also was told that I was required to sign up for a grant service, which they didn’t mention was a paid service – found that out after I’d completed the application when they asked for money to submit it.
  • Completed and paid for the application, received automatically generated email message about signing up for a school website – which I didn’t do, since I hadn’t formally been accepted.
  • Called to see if they had everything they needed, and was told that they hadn’t received my former four-year university transcript that had been emailed to them. Called up my previous university’s registrar’s office, and they confirmed that they were sent. Called back Syracuse University with the name of who they went to, and they said they’d check on them.
  • Called to confirm again to see if they’ve gotten everything, and was told that they needed my previous university to sign off on something else that they hadn’t told me needed to be done before. Oh, and that there was a checklist on that website they’d sent me a link to. Because even though I hadn’t been accepted, I was supposed to set up my account…I guess?

Still debating with myself as to whether I want to call them again after I've done this next thing they've asked me to do, or just do it and be done with it all.

Here’s the thing. In order for me to start classes 4 January, I would need to have my application accepted, maybe get approval from the French Department to declare my major, plus have financial aid awarded in a week. And, frankly, I just don’t see that happening.

I called up University at Buffalo today, too, while I was at it, and they’ve been much easier to work with. I was told that they’re just waiting for one transcript, which is what they told me last time I called. That transcript has been sent and they should’ve received it by now, so they’re checking on that for me.

However, that isn’t such a time crunch. University at Buffalo’s spring semester doesn’t start until 30 January, so I still have a month to work out the kinks. Well, really, more like a couple of weeks due to Christmas and New Year’s, but still. If all they’re missing is a transcript right now, and I got the same answer twice out of them so it’s probably accurate, then I’m still doing okay there.

But this is exactly why I started to do all of this back in August, and why I wanted to apply to more than one school – because I knew I’d run incompetent people in the admissions and possibly financial aid offices. Syracuse University’s admissions office is more than incompetent, though; they’re downright dysfunctional. I honestly don’t have any idea how in the world they get people into their school.

I’m going to follow through and finish the application, but mostly because I don’t want something unfinished hanging over my head. My knee-jerk reaction was to say fuck it; I’m not doing this anymore. But I’ve come this far through the bullshit, so I might as well finish it.

In the end, I actually wanted to go to University of Buffalo more than Syracuse University, anyways. Through little fault of mine, it will likely turn out that way. And if I go, then I get to look forward to moving across country to Buffalo in the middle of January. Won’t that be fun?

Quote of the day

"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes." -Oscar Wilde