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Posted on Tuesday 17 June 2008 at 9:13 am

Oh Shit!

I think I am in deep trouble. The history department here is rather screwed up. They never are clear about deadlines and paperwork. We frequently get emails saying the deadline is one day and then when people try to turn it in then we'll get another email saying "No, it was actually due two months ago but since some of you seem to think it is later, we'll still take it late." I found out sometime in the middle of the fall that I was technically supposed to submit a dissertation prospectus this school year that just ended. I found out about a week ago that there was also supposed to be an oral defense of this prospectus shortly after it was submitted. I haven't done it. Since I didn't find out about it until late and I was teaching in the Spring and I'm working on learning Dutch, I just couldn't get it done. My current plan is to keep working on the Dutch and to do the prospectus at the beginning of the next semester with the language hurdle out of the way. I've spoken to a few professors about this and they all seemed to think it was OK.

I just got a call from my friend Lucie. She is working as an assistant for the history department graduate student secretary, Roz. Lucie told me a few days ago that Roz had me listed as withdrawing and Lucie changed that. Apparently she and Roz were discussing that this morning and the Director of Graduate Students told Roz that I wasn't continuing in the program and they canceled my funding for next year. Lucie gave the phone to Roz and Roz said she thought that was odd since she didn't have any paperwork from me saying I was withdrawing, but she went with it anyway. The only reason I can possibly imagine that they would think I wasn't continuing is the current lack of the prospectus but a few months late with paperwork (especially with the reason of learning a freakin' language) is not the same thing as withdrawing!!

I have to go up and meet with Roz today around noon (before my class this afternoon) and she said she'd try to get everything fixed. She told me not to worry and that she is still working on the budget so they'll get me back in there. I hope so otherwise I don't know what I'm going to do! Cry would probably be the first option.

EDIT: Roz just called me back. She said she spoke to the Director of Graduate Students. The DGS said it was entirely her mistake, I never should have been put on the withdrawing list, and they'd get it fixed. Roz also said the DGS asked Roz to apologize to me for everything and said I don't need to come see Roz and I will have funding and everything will be fine. I really didn't need all this this morning!
Feeling: Distressed


What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 1:37 pm on 17 June 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I cannot believe they marked you as withdrawn without actually having a letter from you or checking with you. That's just ridiculous. The history department really needs to take a lesson or two from you in organization.

I'd be panicking too, if I were you, about it, but try not to! They'll get you all sorted and give you your money!

bratty_jedi at 1:43 pm on 17 June 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Why didn't they even just send me one nasty email saying "We see you haven't turned in your paperwork. Let us know what's going on or we're kicking you out!" If they'd done that and decided my Dutch wasn't a good enough reason for an extension, I could have thrown together a shitty prospectus, but a prospectus nonetheless, in the past couple of weeks. I can't now that I'm teaching. I honestly don't have the time or the energy and won't until I'm done with IRD in August.

Roz was very nice and kept telling me not to worry about it and we'll get it fixed. She said the Director of Graduate Students probably just got me mixed up with someone else or got confused. I'm still panicking!
bratty_jedi at 2:00 pm on 17 June 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I just got another call from Roz. Everything is supposedly fixed. Post will be updated nowish.
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 2:55 pm on 17 June 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Oh good! Huge sigh of relief!

So are they going to let you do your proposal next semester then?
bratty_jedi at 3:06 pm on 17 June 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I guess. Nothing was said about it. All Roz said was that it was a complete mistake on their end and never should have happened and I'm fine.
godricgal at 4:19 pm on 17 June 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad it all turned out to be a mistake. I hope they get it all sorted out very quickly and clear up any confusion. Meanwhile, breathe easy!
bratty_jedi at 4:30 pm on 17 June 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I can't even begin to express how relieved I am that it was all just a goof. The really scary part is that if Lucie wasn't working for Roz, none of this would have been caught until I wasn't getting paid in August and I've no idea what they would have done at that point. I should really stop thinking things like that though. It was caught and it will be fixed well before August so life is good.

Now to think about my high school class this afternoon and lovely Lord of the Rings (blech!).
train_lindz at 5:40 pm on 17 June 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad this got sorted out!!! I saw this this morning and got wrapped up in work stuff and didn't have a chance to respond/sympathise or plot revenge for you.

I'm glad you are back being a good student :)

Chapter 1 LOTR - Hobbits are little and live in houses built into the ground. It is Bilbo's Eleventy'first birthday :)
bratty_jedi at 11:12 pm on 17 June 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I wouldn't say I'm a good student since I'm still behind on my paperwork. I'm just glad that I'm back to being a student!

Chapter 1 LOTR - Hobbits are little and live in houses built into the ground. It is Bilbo's Eleventy'first birthday :)

Sounds about right to me. Unfortunately, I had to turn that into a 2.5 hour class.
littlepixiechic at 9:45 pm on 17 June 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, the WM history department, how I don't miss it. I seem to remember that when it was time for all of us MAs to turn in our prospectus and stuff most of the students had no idea that the deadline was that day until that day. There was also a lot of confusion with what time you could pick up language exams and all that nonsense. But I'm glad you got it all straightened out!

And Roz scared me. Sometimes she was very nice and other times she seemed ready to kill.
bratty_jedi at 11:13 pm on 17 June 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I knew you'd understand my pain! This place is so crazy.

Roz was so sweet today. She left me a message about everything being OK and when I called back to say I'd gotten the message, her voice was almost annoyingly sweet and friendly. It was kind of odd.
littlepixiechic at 12:26 am on 18 June 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Sometimes I wondered if Roz's goal in life was to throw everyone off by doing bad cop/good cop and being unpredictable.
bratty_jedi at 10:42 am on 18 June 2008 (UTC) (Link)
She's the only person I know who can be both the good and bad cops at the same time.
Ms. J to the Diva
jadeddiva at 3:19 am on 18 June 2008 (UTC) (Link)
My total sympathy - I've found that history departments SUCK with deadlines. I never knew when anything was due and, as a result, had to keep harassing the graduate school. Been there, done that- where's my diploma to say I survived? Probably lost in a maze of paperwork because I fucked up another deadline.

You think people who work with dates would be good about this stuff...
bratty_jedi at 10:41 am on 18 June 2008 (UTC) (Link)
You think people who work with dates would be good about this stuff...

I know! I guess if it happened within the last 20 years (or 200 or 2000 depending on the historian), it just isn't important enough to get it right.

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