Universities make up for lack of technology with great staff

So, besides getting a new job and getting engaged, all within two weeks, I’m also applying to a a six-month blended-delivery graduate certificate program at RRU. Because I’m not busy enough, apparently. Don’t worry, I already gave up the volunteer Board position and the extra teaching gig for the fall – because I’m not completely insane. I like sleep and exercise and occasionally a date night with my fiancé (it still feels all tingly and exciting to ay that word!).

The deadline for admissions to the Graduate Certificate in Organization Design and Development is next week. A week or two ago I wrote my personal statement, solicited my letters of reference, arranged for my transcript from University of Regina, where I completed my undergrad and my graduate degrees.

Today I got an email from RRU saying they also need my transcript from the year I spent at Carleton University — thirty one (31!) years ago. While I remember my year on Ottawa fondly, it had not entered my mind that I would need to get a transcript from there ever again.

With a deadline looming, and knowing that official transcript exchange is still – except in limited circumstances – in the dark ages of official paper copies only – no faxes, no emails, I am trying not to bite my nails. I can’t event get Carleton to email me an unofficial transcript, which RRU will happily consider while they wait for the official version.

Nevertheless, I think it can be done. The folks at both institutions are responsive and happy to help out in any way they can. Carleton sent me detailed instructions for arranging for a courier to get my transcript to RRU by next Friday.

The new job, by the way, is at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, where I will be the Executive Director, Communications. If there’s a way I could feel any more blessed and grateful in my life right now, I don’t know how.

 

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