As many of you may know I am attending a law school this august. I have been accepted into a law school in Massachusetts. They actually WANT me to attend. So much so that they have given me a $$,$$$US scholarship that over the three years of my legal education could add up to a $$$,$$$CAN scholarship.
This is a GOOD THING.
All of this was thrown in the air today when a letter arrived from the school. They were informing me that they had yet to receive a copy of my official transcript. This is a VERY BAD THING. While they have all my grades and records through the LSAC system the BARR (otherwise known as the 'very important lawyer-type-people') insist that a written, officially stamped, copy be received from my undergraduate institution. That "institute" is UBC.
I had gone to UBC over a MONTH AGO and filled out all the paperwork. Since I am not allowed to handle the transcript myself (to avoid cheats) they to all the mailing. In a brief moment of joy and enthusiasm I coughed up the extra 30-odd bucks for a courier, rather than mail, to handle my PRIVATE TRANSCRIPTS that MUST get there. All the address stuff was filled out. All the numbers were correct. I went home and since I never received any notice to the contrary I assumed that all was well, until today.....
So I called UBC records at 604-822-2844. They could not understand why this happened and gave me the tracking number and name of the courier who "delivered" the transcript. The company was called “DHL” their website is at www.dhl.ca, and the tracking number of my transcripts was “7325666316”. Feel free to look it up if you want to. Look at where they sent the thing!@@!@$!@#$!@#%!#$%!#$% What state is that? Hartford, CT – USA? That’s not in Massachusetts now is it? Who received the delivery, a “Mr R.Caulon”. Who had nothing to do with any law school in Massachusetts? They didn’t even get a signature from the guy!!#!@$@!#%!#$% Now my PRIVATE records WITH ALL MY STUDENT NUMERS are on some desk in Hartford!
So I call UBC again……
They cannot imagine what had gone wrong. They are sure that they filled out all the address info correctly and in their computers it all seems to be fine, but MY transcripts have not arrived at my LAW SCHOOL. So I asked for a letter of apology from the register’s office and of course a new transcript. UBC denies responsibility and insists that it is DHL’s fault. So I said, as I did the day that I first started this process, “Can I use FEDEX or UPS?” It turns out that the one and only courier company that I can have this done through is DHL. I don’t blame DHL. Discount couriers yield discount results. I blame UBC. THEY were responsible for getting my transcripts to where I asked them to be sent. I paid all the extra fees. UBC did no follow up, they requested no signature from the receiver of the package, and they made no inquiries with my law school as to the transcript being received. UBC decided to go with a discount courier. FEDEX could arrange a pickup today; have the package there my tomorrow morning and have a signature to prove that it had arrived.
How can a modern institution of higher learning function if they cannot get a copy of someone’s records to another such institute! This is important stuff. Hundreds of thousands of dollars can be riding on these things. Years of studying, late nights, bad Profs, good Profs, parking nightmares, carpal tunnel syndrome from typing too much, riding my motorcycle in the cold, dark pouring rain to make that 8am class…. ALL that can be in vain if the school cannot accurately communicate my GRADES to other schools!!!!! This is law school! It’s important to some of us who want to be lawyers!1 Sure I can blame myself for not following up on this immediately after having it sent the first time, but I have send dozens of packages to various institutions recently without an incident. Reference letters, resumes, copies of ID, essays and personal statements … all without a hitch, but when I need UBC to send ONE document to ONE address it all goes to hell.
I will update this tomorrow with the new DHL tracking number and we can all watch my future move slowly across the continent in a brown envelope.