I'm not a coward, I've just never been tested (thesaneminority) wrote in bad_service,
I'm not a coward, I've just never been tested

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For the most part I like my university. I was planning on going into graphic design, but after this I'm not sure I really want to.

Classes started today. Yesterday I was checking my school email (which I will admit, I don't check it as often as I should), and I noticed a message about the art class I was taking.

From E.A.
Sent Friday, September 1, 2006 9:07 am
To Sarah S.
Subject ART 1050

I notice that you are registered for the ART 1050 class for fall. I'm not sure how this happened, but that class is restricted to students who have been accepted into the School of Art by portfolio. Can you shed some light on this?

Art Advisor
School of Art
Western Michigan University

Now, when I registered for the class I didn't get any notification on the browser that it was a restricted class that I shouldn't be taking. So I fired off an email to her.

From Sarah S.
Sent Monday, September 4, 2006 9:48 am
To E.A.
Subject Re: ART 1050

Ms. A.,
I simply registered for the class. I didn't know that the class was restricted. I was hoping to be able to take ART 1050 to see if I wanted to pursue a major in Art, as I have heard mixed reviews on the Art department. (The lack of portfolio is purely my own fault, since I have been having trouble deciding on a subject for one of the exercises.)

Am I still allowed to take the course? I will understand if the answer is no.

Sarah S.

I got her response this morning, about an hour before I had to head to my first class.

From E.A.
Sent Tuesday, September 5, 2006 7:32 am
To Sarah S.
Subject Re: ART 1050

The class is supposed to be restricted to students who have been
accepted by portfolio to the School of Art. If you are thinking of
applying in November, then you will be able to take the class in
January if you are accepted

I'm not pissed off because I can't take the class. Policy is policy, even if it is stupid (but my rant on the idiocy of limiting all art classes to those students with an art major is for another day). Besides, throwing a hissy fit about it would be childish and hypocritical.

I registered for classes in mid-to-late April. Move-in day for sophomores, juniors, and seniors was Sept. 1 (the same date as her initial email), and classes started today, the fifth. There are three things with this picture that seem rather unprofessional to me:

1. A woman in her position is fully capable of looking up my records and seeing that I am a sophomore, though she probably had no reason to do so. Even if she didn't know what year I'm in, wouldn't it make sense not to send an email to me on a day when I'm likely to be busy moving things into my dorm room and collapsing in exhaustion afterwards?

2. It was Labor Day Weekend. She sent an email the day before a holiday weekend, knowing full well that she wouldn't be in the office until today and that classes STARTED today. It's my fault for not checking my email earlier, but wouldn't it have made sense to email me a couple days earlier so I'd have my answer before the weekend, and I wouldn't have to spend the weekend worrying about it?

3. The time between when I registered for classes and when classes started was approximately four months, give or take a couple weeks. The time when I registered for classes is also the time when students register for summer classes as well, so she probably had access to the list of students taking art classes. She had four months to contact me, and yet she waited until the last possible moment to tell me I couldn't take this class. Four months! If she had given me a month's notice, even a week's notice, I wouldn't be complaining, but now I have to scramble to drop the class, get my money back, and register for another class so that I have enough credits to count as a full-time student. Without those credits, I lose the student loan that I desperately need. At the worst, I'll have to take another PE class (which won't be horrible, I'll admit) for half a semester, which will count for one credit and barely nudge me into full-time status, and probably screw up the otherwise perfect schedule I had.

I'm not sure I want to go into art if the art advisor is like this with all the other students.
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