One of the reasons I became the Manager of the Graduate Research School is because I am atrocious at filling in forms. Every time I go near a form (be it online or paper) I manage to get myself caught in a wormhole of confusion, fear and panic.
Either I do not understand the questions, I object to the style in which they are written or they violate some moral principle that I hitherto had not realised I was committed to.
The Doctoral Office are a crack-team-of-awesome when it comes to helping fill in forms and so when I am faced with some bewildering bureaucracy, Tina kindly takes me by the hand and gently asks, “don’t you remember, Claire, we did it like this last year?”
No! I don’t remember!! I never remember!!!
I would like to blame the form-designers of the world, but given the repeated nature of this problem and the fact that there must be more than one person designing all these forms that I fail at filling in, reason would suggest that I’m the common denominator here. I seem to have a rare and peculiar debilitating condition called Formus Blindicus cum Incompetencia.
This week I tackled my re-enrolment and all was going well until I went to Study Link to apply for a student loan. I checked out whether or not part-timers could still get their fees paid (and they can) and I started to churn through the questions feeling almost competent.
Sure, I had to reread a few of the questions, sure I may or may not have cursed at the screen a few times, but I was feeling truly hopeful as I pressed the final Eligibility radio button.
YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR A STUDENT LOAN
YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR CHILD DISABILITY ALLOWANCE
I know I’m perky for my age, but a child disability allowance? Really?
After going back through every screen with a fine-tooth comb, I unclicked the offending buttons. I undid all my answers to the questions I’d misinterpreted. I no longer accidently identified as a child/felon/bankrupt/in loan arrears.
Then booya! Just like that I was all sorted.
Personal and prolonged form-incompetence aside, all this is by way of reminding you that if you weren’t enrolled for second semester, it’s time to do it now. Go on, if I can manage it, anyone can!
Sarah will help you….
Claire Gallop, Graduate Research School
It’s that time of year, people! If you only have a Semester One (part-year) enrolment, and you’re still busy beavering away on your thesis, then you’ll need to re-enrol for the remainder of the 2015 academic year.
How do I re-enrol?
Please email us at email@example.com, with your name and ID number, requesting enrolment for semester two, and we’ll update this in the system for you. Once complete, a message confirming the change to your enrolment and an invoice for semester two fees will appear in your eVision portal.
If you’re wanting to make a change from full-time to part-time or vice versa, you’ll need to fill out form for that instead, which can be found here: http://www.otago.ac.nz/OTAGO089636
REMEMBER… you need to be enrolled to submit your thesis for examination, so if you didn’t quite make it for a semester one submission but you still want to submit this year (and don’t have a current full-year enrolment), then flick us an email!
Speaking of beavering away, we’ve also been busy little bees here in the Doctoral Office processing all of your glorious hard bounds theses! Please bear with us while we get everything sorted for those graduating in August, we’ll get to any of your queries as soon as we can 🙂
Sarah McGregor, Doctoral Office, Graduate Research School