It's the first week of school for all of us! Except for Hubby, of course.
He's had to deal with corn dogs and chicken nuggets for dinner for a couple of nights, but he's a real champ!
Or too scared to complain.
Either way, it's all good.So our first week of classes are done (Big Kid and I go Mondays and Wednesdays).
Not from the classes. They're delightful and I'm really enjoying them. Everyone is full of enthusiasm, and it's been great meeting new people. Lots of moms like me coming back into college, and the kids are so friendly!
It's the administrative BS that's driving me nuts.
I wrote back in my posts Feeling More Than a Little Annoyed and Revenge of the Cranky Admissions Lady, about trying to get my proper legal name and address into their overburdened and archaic system.
Today I went to the admissions office to get the last snafu corrected during a period that I had off and Big Kid was in class.
I waited until classes were in full swing so I wouldn't be number 20 in line. I was number 5, which was a blessing, because incredibly, there was only 1 person staffing.
3 stations, 2 closed, 1 person to help.
During the first week of classes.
I have a sneaking suspicion that a few weeks from now, when the add/drop period has ended and there is absolutely nothing going on, that all 3 of those stations will be fully staffed all damn day.
I'll report back.When it was my turn, I explained that somehow, my name was listed as Attila S. Mom. My middle name isn't S. It's never been S. Where in the world did they come up with S.?
Can I see your student ID Card?
"I don't have one. I need to get this fixed first."
You have to get your ID immediately.
"I realize that. But I need to get this fixed first (Hey Buddy, I could get the ID with my incorrect info, but it will cost me 10 bucks to get a replacement!)."
I need the info off your ID card.
"You can't look me up off my social security number? Or my assigned student number?"
We're in the process of changing our system from the city-wide system to the state-wide system. Your student ID card assigns you a whole new number.
"Ok, so....I'm no longer listed under my social or previous student number that was assigned to me a mere month ago?"
You are, but it will take longer on the computer to look up your info.
Well BFD!! I've patiently waited for in line so you could deal with everybody else's problems! Sh*t or get off the pot already!
Gak. It took 5 minutes and it was done. Whoopdedo! Big hardship for him. He didn't even break a sweat!
I, of course, sucked up shamelessly and thanked him profusely.
I'm learning the dance.
Big Kid had an afternoon class that meets only on Wednesdays, is about 2 3/4 hours long and today was his first day.
I decided that since I was in the city and didn't have any homework to do on campus, I'd run over to Walmart and get the guys their fall supply of undies and socks.
A half-hour into Big Kid's class time, I'm tooling around Wally World, comparing prices and styles on Hanes and Fruit of the Looms.
My cell rings.
Mom! I need help! I went to room 201 for my class, but my class isn't there! It's an English class! I talked to the instructor, and she didn't know where my class is!
"Is there a note on the door?"
"Ok, take your schedule and go to admissions or information and ask them to help you. Then call me back!"
Another half-hour later, I bought all the necessities, got back in my car, thought about stopping somewhere to get a nice ice cold soda (it was 93 degrees today) and my phone rang again.
Mom! Can you come get me? The admissions guy has the same schedule that I have, and they don't know where my class is!
So I picked the kid up and we went home.
As soon as we got there, I got on the horn and called the college.
This was the surreal conversation with Enrollment Services and Scheduling, and I am NOT freaking kidding you!
I explained the situation about son being registered for the class, and not finding it at the room 201 that was on his schedule, and how the school computer system apparently still said that the class was being held in room 201.
And why weren't there 20+ displaced students waiting outside the door?
Me: Could you please give me Professor XXX's office phone number and email address?
Dork on the phone: Did you say the class was still in session?
Me: Yes, I think there's still about 20 minutes left of it.
Dork on the phone: Since class is in session, Professor XXX probably won't be answering his phone.
Me: (Uh DUH!) I realize this, but we need to contact him to explain why Big Kid wasn't in class (since not showing up the first day is grounds for being dropped).
Dork on the phone: Why don't I just give you the room number so he can go to the rest of the class?
Me: Well, considering that there is now about 15 minutes of class left, and it will take us 45 minutes to get back there, I think the class will be over. But we DO need the professor's phone and email address.
Dork on the phone gave it to us.
Me: By the way, what IS the correct room number?
Dork on the phone: Hang on a minute.
Dork on the phone: It's room 201.
I gave the professor's office number to the Kid to call and leave a message.
He called it and the number was disconnected.
So he called the college MAIN switchboard number and asked for the Professor by name. Got his voicemail, and left a message.
I was so stressed out and practically in tears when Hubby came home. We have our in-the-city class schedule worked out precisely to fit in with Little Guy's.
Hubby had a different perspective.
I don't know if I mentioned this before, but Big Kid is registered in the CSI program. He's interested in being a crime-scene photographer.
This particular class (other than the general academic stuff he has to take for his degree) is the first class that involves the program.
So was this a test?
Was he supposed to follow bread crumbs and deduce where his class would be?
If so, I'm going to break my foot off in somebody's butt.
Thanks, Friends, for checking in and I promise, I'll catch up shortly!
Best to you all....
An update: After talking to no less than 4 bodies, I finally found out what happened.
Number One son went to room 201, except it's now really room 204.
Apparently this semester they added (?) 3 rooms on one end of the hall or something and it bumped the room numbers up.
They just haven't actually changed the room numbers yet. It should be fixed immediately.