Monthly Archives: September 2011

Grr….I’d forgotten about academic bureaucracy

So classes start in less than two weeks.  I get that email with letters attached, both letters dated July 2011. Still nothing whatsoever about registration, courses, requirements, advising, and so forth.

I am fairly type A and like to know what’s going on. I don’t need to be in control of it, I just want to know. So I spend half an hour on the internet trying to figure out how and when new graduate student registration takes place. I click from thing to thing, not finding what I’m looking for. Like “click here for your Fall registration appointment” and I get taken to a page for returning students who registered last May, and I have to scroll all over the place to even find that.

So I decide, okay, maybe I suck it up and make a phone call, which I hate. I call the Registrar’s office, because I figure, hey, registration question, they’d be the ones, right?

I wiggle through the menus and at last get a live person. I explain, “Hi, my name is Newdoctoral Snowflake, entering as a music student. I am trying to find information regarding  when and how new student registration takes place.  Can you help me?”

“You’re a music student?” “Yes.” “You need to talk to the School of Music. Let me transfer you over to them.”

“Hello, School of Music.”  “Hi, my name is Newdoctoral Snowflake, entering as a music student. I am trying to find information regarding  when and how new student registration takes place.  Can you help me?”

“You’re a graduate student?” “Yes.” “You need to talk to the School of Graduate Studies. Let me transfer you over.”

*BEEP* ” You have reached the office of Gradstudies Inchargechick. I am away from my desk, but please leave a message…”

Sigh.

This sucks.