I know that I said that I will be going to Japan soon to teach English, but some problems has risen and possibly, there might be a change of plans. In short, I am having trouble getting my visa. Pretty much, immigration claims that I have not provided “valid” proof of graduation. This pretty much summarizes my problem, but if you want to know more in detail, you can continue reading.
So, earlier this month, I sent in my transcripts. However, I guess I sent it in too earlier, and my transcript only stated that I took these classes and got these grades but not the fact that I finished school. No worries, my academic adviser wrote me a letter confirming my graduation. However, using the wording choice will graduate instead of graduated confused immigration. I tried emailing the registar office and student affairs office. They took forever to get back to me and finally redirected to someone who was in charge of transcripts. She said there was nothing she can do for me. Then, I was redirected to the person in charge of diplomas, and they said no matter what, I still needed to wait the 4-6 months. However, they told me to contact my own college and see what they can do. CHASS (my college) was able to get back to me and was willing to write a letter of graduation. However, it takes 5-7 days and if I wanted a hard copy, I needed to pick it up on my own. I am currently working Monday through Friday at an insurance place, so I do not have time to pick it up. In addition, this is 4th of July weekend, so I emailed them and they are not yet done with the letter. *sighs* I cannot believe documents are due during 4th of July weekend because no one is working. I emailed my academic adviser and asked her to write me a new letter, but I got those automatic out of office response. Since I probably will be unable to provided valid proof of graduation by the end of this week, I will not be able to get a visa in time for an August departure. With that, I will not be leaving for Japan in August. It sucks that academic paperwork takes so long, and it sucks to graduate in June. Anyways, the company has been amazing and I am very grateful for them and their willingness to work with me though it did not work out. I/we tried our best and in all honesty, sometimes no matter how much work and effort you put into it, some things are just not meant to be. Well, at least this is what I have to tell myself. The company I am affiliated with said that I can either wait until the spring term starts or I can take the alternate track and arrive later as a substitute teacher. In all honesty, I do not know how I feel about that. I was only planning on doing this short term and possibly applying for graduate school after. Now I do not really know where I stand. The insurance gig is pretty good, and my mom hopes that I stick with it. I agree with her, and truthfully, I feel bad stalling my boss about when I will be leaving because in all honesty I do not know when and now I no longer know if I am leaving. Yet, there is a part of me that does not want to be stuck with being office work at 22. I feel like this year has not been going my way. All of a sudden, my last quarter or my last year, a ridiculous professor accuses me of plagiarism. Luckily, I was able to pass the class, but I seriously had moments where I could not sleep because of this class and fearing that if I failed it I would not graduate. If I do not graduate, then I cannot go to Japan. I finally passed the class and graduated, but now I find out I cannot go to Japan because of visa problems. *sighs* I guess, in conclusion, shit happens, but life keeps going on. Being I guess a bit superstitious, 2014/year of the horse is not working for me.