Yes, the application is done! However, they said I won't get any hopefully good news until closer to the deadline, which is like a month away still (3/1). However, I now get to start stressing over finaid stuff. So, that needs to get done ASAP. Along with making an appointment with my advisor as well as this finaid guy to discuss stuff. And of course I have important class-work to do at the same time. Anyway, that's really all that's new for today, I guess. Application is officially done and I have new (financial mostly) stuff to stress about on top of doing things for classes. It'll be worth it, but, you know. Well, and I tend to stress over every little thing anyway. Well, this has to have been the shortest post I've ever made. I guess I'm off, then.
Yup, one more thing to go! Turn in my MSU transcripts and my NMU ones should be arriving there soon. I wonder how long it takes for them to review the application and make a decision and all that...I'll have to ask today. If I remember, I'll edit this post tonight with that info. So close...and then my semester will probably become a bit more stressful.
Anyway, I think that's it for now. Well then...I'm off. がんばります！
*Sorry, got off-topic again a bit. Anyway, though it's been a bit since I posted this, I forgot to edit it that day, so now I am. And the verdict is...I won't know until closer to the deadline (3/1) whether or not I'm accepted. Fingers crossed! Oh, and since it's 2/23 that I'm editing this, that should be fairly soon, right?
Today, I'm hoping to finish up applying to JCMU. I'm doing it online, which makes some things a bit easier. And it's saving paper, right? Also, no loose papers to worry about losing or anything. OK, so maybe it's just because it'll be easier to get the recommendation letter things. Even though I say I'll hopefully finish it up, there are a couple things I'll have to wait on: the recommendation letters and my transcripts. Know what's really nice, though? NMU allows you to request transcripts online, so I don't have to make a phone call! I find phone calls to be just awkward, even when you know the person. Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer being able to see the person's face, so I can read them better instead of just going by their voice. Or maybe it's because I haven't talked on the phone much in the last few years, what with Facebook, texting, and things like that.
Anyway, now that I've managed to get completley off topic, let's get back to the point. Today, I just need to run to the Student Services building to get this one paper filled out, then request my transcripts from MSU at the Registrar's Office, then get some more money out so I can pay the application fee, which is $100. Then when I get back to my room, I'll finish up the application online! Well, request transcripts from NMU and request the recommendation letter things.
I was wondering, though: when they ask if I've taken Japanese before, do they mean as of right now, or how much I'll have taken by the time the program starts? I guess I'll be asking them that today, too.
Really, the application is easy enough; you just have to wait a bit for some things to be sent in, as in transcripts and recommendation letters. Finally, soon I will be updating this blog with details about what I need to bring, what I need to do to prepare for next year! For too long it's been just, oh I applied for a passport, or I'm preparing to apply to this or that, or just sitting here all lonesome. Anyway, I need to be off and study for our vocab quiz today in Japanese. It's a normal occurrance, though, these quizzes. It's an off day when we DON'T have one. But that's okay, because it takes me maybe 15 min to memorize the new vocab. Usually.
I haven't actually applied for it yet, but I have the application filled out (which is really easy), and then all I have to do is take it down to the post office on Monday. Thankfully, this post office does everything required right then and there. That is, they take the application (obvioiusly), and they also will take your picture and all that. Of course, the application fee is $110, plus $25 to the postmaster for a reason I forgot, and $15 for the picture. I guess they used to require 2 photos, so they still print off 2, but they only need 1 these days. However, get the picture taken professionally, because they're very picky about what it looks like. You CAN do it yourself, but...well, that's difficult and you may not get it exactly right. Otherwise, they say it'll only take about 10 minutes to do once I bring in the application form.
Another thing, it seems that the best places to go for passports are post offices (if you can find a big one like this one, and get lucky enough that they even do pictures and everything there), or the county clerk. I'm pretty sure in most cases they probably do everything right then and there. Don't take me word for that, though, since there's always exceptions and I never actually ended up going to one, because it turned out this post office would do it all.
So then, once you pay that great sum of money and turn everything in, unless you want to pay more so it'll come in faster, it should take about 5 or 6 weeks to come in.
Now, I know we also need a Visa, but at this moment I'm still not entirely clear on what that is (I mean, I get the idea, but I'm not sure about the details). Well, isn't it something you need every time you go overseas that lasts and/or shows the amount of time you'll be in that country? Anyway, I'm pretty sure JCMU said they'd handle getting the Visa thing, so it'll take less time to get, so that's good. I think it also said it's easy, just takes a lot of time.
On a side note, I've started thinking more about what I need to bring, and what I can just buy once I'm there. Clothes are the big thing, and I need some that are appropriate for each season. I think it also said I'll need dressier clothes appropriate for each season for some fancier things we may have to go to, or something. I figure I could maybe just buy shampoo and stuff once I'm there, though. At this point, with as little as I've traveled via airplane, I just don't know all the restrictions and requirements. However, I'm sure within the next few weeks I'll be able to explain most everything about this. I'm certainly going to be asking a TON of questions. I'm thinking it'll be a bit overwhelming, planning it ot, especially since it's my first time studying abroad (or for that matter, going to another country aside from Canada), but it will be so, so worth it.