Kuliniewicz 1, Urbana 0

Continuing Graduate School Acceptance Week 2004, I just learned that I’ve been accepted to UIUC’s grad school.

A bit surprising, since I wan’t even sure they had received my application. Read on for the saga!

Paul Kuliniewicz applies to UIUC
(a play in two acts)

ACT I

Paul: Time to apply to grad school at UIUC.

UIUC Web Site: Rar! I am confusing!

Paul: Well, at least I can submit my application electronically.

UIUC Web Site: Hah, you still have to send in one of the forms by mail!

Paul: That’s unintuitive.

Mail box behind Brown: *gulp*

Paul: Well, that takes care of that.

INTERMISSION

Finals, half of Christmas Break ensue.

ACT II
[six weeks after Act I]

UIUC: You didn’t turn in Part B of your application.

UIUC Web Site: Part B is only for applicants for Summer 2004.

Paul: Yeah, what he said.

UIUC: You didn’t turn in Part B or the Statement of Purpose of your application. And by “Part B,” I mean “Form 2.” They’re really the exact same form, but we renamed it because the application materials weren’t confusing enough.

Paul: *sigh*

Form 2: Part of me is the Statement of Purpose.

Paul: Well, at least that’s only one thing I have to send in then. By snail mail. For my electronic application.

Mail box outside parents’ house: *gulp*

UIUC: You didn’t turn in the Statement of Purpose of your application.

Paul: There’s another Statement of Purpose? Better check the Application Checklist.

UIUC Web Site: No.

Paul: There’s no Statement of Purpose listed on the web site.

UIUC: You didn’t turn in the Statement of Purpose of your application. It’s listed on the web site, you know.

Paul: You lied to me, UIUC Web Site!

UIUC Web Site: Hah! It’s not listed in the Application Checklist, but it is mentioned in passing with no other details buried in the middle of a single paragraph in the middle of the page! Sucker!

Paul: The UIUC Web Site can’t make up its mind. Is there another Statement of Purpose or not? It’s not listed in the Applications Checklist. Are you telling me the Applications Checklist is incorrect?

UIUC: The web site is correct.

Paul: That doesn’t even make sense. So is there a Statement of Purpose or not?

UIUC: Um, I don’t know. Let me check.

Clock: *tick* *tock* *tick* *tock*

UIUC: The Statement of Purpose in part of Form 2.

Paul: I knew it!

UIUC: You didn’t turn in Part B or the Statement of Purpose of your application.

Paul: So now you’re telling me you lost the part of the application I sent in a week ago?

[fin]

2 Responses

  1. Wow, maybe this selectivity through beuracracy

  2. It may not be fair to hold this against UIUC as far as choosing where I’m actually going to go, but if this experience is typical of what dealing with their administration or bureaucracy would be like, it doesn’t bode well.

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