I’d like to share a little story with you guys. Back in October I visited FSU, talked to a few professors and toured the school, and made the decision that it was the school I wanted to continue at. I put in my transfer application, sent in all of my paperwork, and then I waited. There were a couple of speed bumps, a couple of delays, but when I checked my “Status Check” page online last Saturday, my results were in!
I’d been rejected. Because I was missing a “milestone marker” for major. What did this mean?! I’d checked and checked and talked to the head of the department I was going into, what “milestone” could I possibly be missing? Surely it wasn’t my G.P.A. I was pretty devastated, not going to lie. I’ve already signed my lease for an apartment in Tallahassee, I’m moving up one way or another.
I think the worst part of reading that decision on Saturday was the fact that I couldn’t do anything about it until Monday. But when Monday rolled around, I was all over the FSU website. I found the numbers I needed (the professor I’d spoken with and undergrad admissions) and I got started. My first call went to the head professor of the Chinese department. He was equally baffled, stating that since I had not been attending FSU for my first two years, he didn’t understand how it was expected that I should have met any program “milestones.” That phone call was not necessarily helpful in finding out why I hadn’t gotten in, but it was comforting to know that somebody higher up was equally confused. It also turned out to be very important later one. My next call went to the admissions office, and after being transferred a few times, it was revealed that I had been rejected because I “lacked proficiency in Chinese.”
This was also confusing. Some personal background, I studied the Chinese language for three years in high school and have also been to China. Alongside both of these facts, the language is spoken every day at home between my step-mom and little sister. Finally, I got to the last person. The Chinese department was under the mass-umbrella of the College of Arts and Sciences, and I needed to speak to the head of that department specifically because she was the woman who reviewed applications for admission. What happened was that when a student gets an A.A. degree, colleges that they are transferring to no longer look at their high school transcripts. The head of the department was under the impression that I had never studied Chinese, as the only language class I have taken at SCF was a semester of French. I explained how and where I had studied Chinese and she told me something magical.
My admission would be reversed. By that Friday, I had been accepted to FSU. The reason this was so simple was because in my case, the only thing holding me back was my supposed lack of experience with the subject that I planned to major in.
So sometimes, its just a misunderstanding. I’m not saying that getting into a university is an easy task, you still have to work hard and stay on top of your game. But if you ever get the dreaded rejection letter, keep in mind that you can always call the university to at least find out what was holding you back. For SCF’s graduating students, what are your plans for after your degree here? Do you have a job in mind, or education continuation plans? Let us know in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!