February 6, 2008 - 2:59 pm
I really love the professors I’ve had at St. Edward’s, but their communication can be the pits.
There was the instance where I waited a year for them to finally come up with a decision on whether one of my transfer credits would count towards my major. I heard back last semester – no, it would not, since they don’t offer anything like that course (basically an intro to film). Guess what they started offering this semester? I’m taking my fourth film basics course at my fourth university this spring.
There was the professor who told me, last spring, that my final paper was “phenomenal” and that I should submit it to the English department journal when they called for submissions. I’ve been waiting… and waiting… and waiting… for the announcement. Finally I called the faculty sponsor for the journal. The deadline was in December.
There was the other professor who told me to submit a different paper to the university conference. Luckily she and I stayed on top of that one. Submission deadline is the 15th for the abstract. I just today got the notification for it.
Then last week I met with my new advisor to sign my degree plan and make sure I’m on track to graduate this spring. Everything seemed just jolly, except that he was going to check on a portfolio I submitted 3 months ago to find out what the holdup was. I got an email on Monday saying I had a NEW new advisor. Whee.
The hassles are annoying, yes, but the instructors (for the most part) make up for it. I just completed my graduate school application (which, by the way, doesn’t have anything in its instructions about where to turn it in… psychic fax?). The biggest class I’ve had there has been about 23 students, and that’s definitely a good thing for me and a far cry from the impersonal instruction of the 300 student lectures at U.T.