Saturday, November 7, 2009

Grad school blues

Today was the first day of school.  I woke up really early so that I could be in school early with time to spare for my first class.  I decided to go early because at the time all my classes were assigned to room TBA.  For the uninformed that stands for "to be announced".

It amused me, actually how many people there did not know what TBA meant and I had to tell them what it meant. I guess most people just haven't encountered the term before.

I won't lie.  I was shocked at the chaos I encountered.  Perhaps because I attended universities in the past where the 1st day of school (no matter what semester it is) meant that professors and rooms were already assigned to subjects, even if enrollment is still ongoing.  Instead I discovered that registration forms were only being given out Nov. 7 (as in that day!) and that professors would not accept us into class without them.  This meant that I would have no choice but to miss my first class, which had no room or prof. assignment at the time that I enrolled.

How is that possible?  The explanation I am given ... "what can you expect from a government run university?"

I'm sorry, but that is unacceptable!

When the computer lab (where the forms were being given out) finally opened and I was able to go in I discovered that all the other grad school majors' forms were printed EXCEPT MC.  What the?!?

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I spent all day going from the registrar to the comp lab and around the building searching for rooms like the "accreditation room" which, apparently no one knows what floor it is on but everyone knows that it exists.

Thankfully my professor for my last subject of the day was our course adviser and one of the other MC students happened to have his cell number so we were told to go down to the registrar for attendance and from him I learned where to go next week.

I refuse to accept the explanation "kasi government, eh".  That, for me, is lame and inexcusable.  Government or no, after all these years, enrollment procedures should have already been fine tuned.  Students should not be running around like headless chickens --- aimless and confused.

Hopefully classes will be normal by next week.  I don't want to lose my enthusiasm for learning because of the school's inefficiency.

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