Oh, man.

So, today I got up, called Howard and tried to get some business taken care of involving some scholarships that the school offers. After some wrangling, hand-wringing, three phone calls and a thorough explanation of my situation (from my mom), I finally got the people in the office to fax me a one page application for the scholarship. When I got the fax, I was basically sitting next to the fax machine in disbelief because of all the hell the lady was ready to raise over the phone concerning the idea of even faxing it.

She made it seem as if we had to come directly to DC to get this one sheet of paper, spend three minutes filling it out (not even that long, really), and then give it to somebody to go file away for a week or so. I swear, if I had to sit in the car and go up to DC to fill that one sheet of paper out, I would probably would have gotten the balls to demand a decision right there in the office before I left. Waiting any amount of time, other than the time I did, to fill out that application would have been a travesty. I mean, I filled it out neatly, wrote out a message on the fax transmittal paper, included a copy of my resume and cover letter and that was the end of that.

Now, in a week's time, I'm going to call them back and see what became of my application. Maybe I'll even call them back on Friday. That would only make sense because they just put out that application today, so undoubtedly I was one of the first people to submit an application for it this year. I'm hoping my decision will be positive and will come quickly. I need to go back to school.

On the other hand, I'm still dealing with how to get information from people on the phone. The folks at my school are notorious for barely wanting to answer the phone, let alone talk to anybody on the other end when they actually do pick up the phone. So, my first mistake this morning, knowing my own damn school, is that everything would have gone smoothly the first time around. I found that I have to demand information from people--even if I have to exaggerate and bring up a thousand names to get what I want. Otherwise, I'll end up making 1 or 2 phone calls that don't amount to anything. Like what initially happened this morning. Dammit, I don't wanna give up that easily next time.


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