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So I just needed to commiserate with some folks who have experienced these same frustrations!

On Jan 20th, I sent a packet of materials for an outside fellowship. I'd spent a month gathering these materials: official GRE scores, official transcripts (from four colleges!) plus unofficial copies, which requires requesting two transcripts so one can remain sealed, three sealed letters of rec, and six essay-type pages for the application. It STILL hasn't arrived where it's supposed to be. The deadline is TOMORROW. I thought sending it on the 20th would be plenty of time - so it looks like the packet is LOST. So today I was running around like crazy, asking my recommenders (in different states!) to re-send letters directly to the organization, requesting transcripts through crazy online clearing houses, etc. etc. It's pretty much been a nightmare. If I'd waited to the last minute to do this all, I'd be okay with it - but I'd sent all this stuff in 10 days ago, and the stupid post office lost it. It probably slipped behind a desk or got bundled wrong in the shipping process. Needless to say, I'm stressed out and not happy. And I'm embarassed to ask my professors to re-send letters, because I don't want them to think I'm disorganized, you know? I figured you all would understand 1. the need for this fellowship money! (Possibly $3,000-$7,500!) 2. the feeling of everything being out of your hands and 3. frustration with organizations (USPS, ETS...) that don't seem to care one bit about your "important" materials! No good. Okay, venting over. I'm going to have some wine now ;)


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Jan. 31st, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)

After organizing applications from (literally) half the world away, I completely feel your pain. Do something good for yourself.
Feb. 5th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)

I just saw this. Where you able to resolve it?

I don't know what to say, except that I sympathize: it's especially awful when you do everything that YOU can, and someone else manages to screw it up.

(UPS, btw, THREW a package 20 feet from the curb to my door. An inch higher, and they would have broken my window. Blah.)
Feb. 7th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
The missing packet FINALLY arrived...twenty days after I'd sent it. Twenty. So technically it was very late, but I'd been in contact w/ the secretary since before the deadline, so she said she'd sneak it into the pile for me. PHEW. It was still an awful few days there!
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