I said yesterday that I felt like I was missing something and possibly would discover I wasn’t registered for classes. I still kind of feel that way. Namely because, I remain without a student I.D.!
I was told in order to register for classes, I must have a student number. The student number would then get placed on a Student I.D. and allow me to access such perks as the university WiFi and the library. I dropped by the study abroad office today to inquire about when I could expect to receive my I.D.
The lady behind the front desk responded to my question as if I just insulted her mother. Student I.D.?! I should not expect it for weeks yet. Furthermore, (unspoken but implied) who did I think I was?! Asking for a student I.D. indeed!
I apologized and started backing hastily away. Apparently our conversation reached one of her colleagues in the back, however, who immediately started saying something in Thai, followed by “Uh-me! Uh-me!”
Assuming this meant me, I waited. Yes, he did want me. They had my I.D. almost ready! I just needed to fill out a brief form with some questions.
The “brief form” took 20 minutes and mostly involved me demanding to know why the the university wanted to know the income of my parents or the number of my siblings yet in school. None of their business! After a great deal of hemming and hawing and conversations with others in Thai that might have involved me or might not have, we finally compromised and I submitted the form.
Almost at once, an error page appeared. My handler looked at it for a few minutes and finally informed me,
“The website is down. Come back in a few days.”
“A few day?” I asked in surprise. Not like, 20 minutes? No, a few days.
Before I left, though, there was the small matter of a photo to be glued to my I.D. Did I have one with me? I handed him a passport size picture.
No, no! That was far too big. He needed a picture the size of my thumbnail. I told him I neither had such a photo nor knew where to get one.
He looked shocked! Did I not have a picture of myself in the school uniform?
Now I looked shocked! What school uniform? I was told I did not need one!
More conversations in Thai with the others in the office. More hemming and hawing. Finally, he concluded with “Come back in a few days” and all but shut the door in my face.
So here I am! Still no access to WiFi or the library. I wish I knew if a few days meant “Friday” or “Monday” or some other time yet! Based on the attitude of those in the office, I am sure I will get it wrong!