I got a call the other day from a woman in another country. Speaking in bad English, she implored me to release her son. That’s how she said it, release him. As though I had the young man in prison or something.
I went to check into the issue and learned the student had been with us for all of 2o days. He was homesick and had his mother call me!
He spoke with a couple of members of the faculty who convinced him to give his trip to the island a go for another month.
I just couldn’t believe the call from the mother. Did she thing I was preventing him from leaving? Did she think I had him locked up somehow? Did she think I monitor the airport? Maybe she thought I had his passport locked up in my office.
He could have just gone to the airport and boarded a plane and left. God knows I’ve thought about it a couple of times. I wouldn’t know he left the island until one of his house mates told us.
The faculty members who talked to this kid did not want to bring him to my office. He’s 24 or 25 years old. The faculty were worried that I would have worn his ass out for being a quitter. I don’t know that I would have been that hard on him, but I would have really made him think about the long term ramifications of his decision.
I know people who have quit things before they’ve failed. Failure is honorable. Quitting, not so much.
Students and their excuses:
Subject: Apology letter for absence.
I was absent on the 8th of February 2012. The reason being, the previous day I had a small get together at my home which went on till late night; as I was high and tired, because of which I woke up late on the 8th. Hence I could not attend class as well as could not submit my assignment on time, which I had really worked hard for. I am ashamed of my act and have realized my mistake. I undertake that I will not repeat this act again. Kindly accept my apology and excuse me to submit the assignment today.
He was high! Further investigation led to the knowledge that he had consumed a whole three bottles of beer.
Since I’ve done a “We Get Students” post.
Here at Island U, we provide all of our students with an internship. Yes, all of them. We have a very dedicated group of people that line up these internships. We do screen the students for skills before sending them out on interviews, but if we missed the mark and sent them on an interview that they fail at, we can still find them something.
We have a group of students that came here from another country. They have told us they were promised part time jobs that would have a salary that is higher than the median monthly wage of the country!
I was struck dumbfounded.
Fortunately this is a small group and we’ll be able to handle them. I can’t say that I hate to be the one to disappoint them, but I have to laugh at their naivety.
Really, what were they expecting. According to the CIA World Fact Book, the country Island U is located in is 10 times wealthier on a per capita basis than the country the students came form.
As a business school it is clear we have our challenges in front of us.
Now I work at Directional U. I am in admissions. Check out the attitude from an e-mail I just received:
Also, if your job is mostly to point people to the website, then I apologize for all of the questions. The website is not organized in a way that makes perusing it easy and time effective for me, so I just thought I would ask an admissions professional to help me with my queries.
This was pulled from an e-mail I received from a prospective student. This student wants to be admitted to a graduate business program. She thinks that completing this program will dramatically improve her employment prospects. With an attitude like that, I should just tell here the truth and tell her to not bother coming here. She will be wasting her time and money. If you pull that type of attitude with someone that can make certain you are not admitted to the program, what are they going to be like as an employee?
When we get applications from students they often send us all kinds of certificates and awards they have received in order to burnish their applications. We aren’t interested in most of it, as like most schools, we want to see grades, test scores, etc.
We had one individual that sent us this certificate:
How about that? He’s a Certified Expert Penetration Tester.
That’s what she said.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, yes this is a government thing.
I’ve just added Hyperbole and a Half to the blog roll. I mention her in the post below about the birthday cake as she has a great post on cake. It’s funny that today’s post is about monsters. One of my coworkers at Directional U won’t read Hyperbole and a Half because she’s afraid of the drawings.
Maybe if she were to wear a funny hat will reading Hyperbole and a Half she would feel safe and enjoy the stories. It’s quite possible there is a fire breathing monster in the file cabinet too. Funny hats ward off the fire breathing monsters and the file gnomes.
And in light of the student below that had an “avoidable circumcision” I went off and did some data analysis. Here is a snap shot of our current student body:
I don’t remember where I stole that from, but if it’s yours, let me know and I’ll give you proper credit.
Check out this language:
thanks for your time in alerting me of your session,but am not in position of attending it due to an avoidable circumcision,the course i wanted to pursue you dint have it its international management.
First class prospect there. It’s too bad she lost interest in the program.
This graphic that you can find here should be looked at by everyone considering and/or attending college. I don’t care how long it takes, don’t use student loans. It is a form of indentured servitude.
That a liberal arts college would price its tuition such that students need to borrow to attend is a shame. I am less concerned, but not much less, about students who borrow for an education that does lead directly to employment.