Now I may need even more timeout!

I can never be completely away from RB, though I am noticeably spending less time here than I used to. Since my last posting “I’ll need some time out” I have still viewed some new works and commented a bit while I had the time or needed a break; but now I’m really stressed…

As mentioned before, I’ll be going back to school soon; from September, I’m doing an exchange in Rome, and there is a lot to get ready for. But in truth, simply having a lot to do isn’t as stressful as what I’m facing now; well, on the mind anyways. I’ll be in Rome for four months, September to December 2008, and from January to April 2009 will be my final internship. For that period, since I’ll already be in Europe I wanted to go to London. My co-op coordinator gave me the e-mail of the person who manages the international matters at school. I e-mailed this person for information on how to get a UK visa; and this is where the trouble began…

I don’t even know where to start! I had told this person that I’m on an internship now, heading to Rome in September and wanting the visa for Jan-April 2009, but she seemed to have misunderstood that I was in school now and kept saying “I’ll be in my office today if you have more questions” – but I’m not in school now so that can’t be done (my school is in a different town), and the information that she was providing me in her replies were only confusing me as they were going off topic (in addition to them pertaining to students in a different year…). When I asked her about the form on a website she provided me, she gave me answers about a totally different form on a different website which only made me more confused, and she replies to me with “Hi Shirley” as opposed to “Hi Mui-Ling” – don’t know where that came from… and there are more complications and frustrations in between; really hard to explain but it was just unbelievably ridiculous. It was around this time that I posted “I’ll need some time out”. Honestly, I couldn’t believe how many times I needed to remind her that I’m going to Rome next term and wanted a visa for January as opposed to September; I had to seriously spell things out for her, and finally she tells me to do my visa in Rome.

Having heard that I could apply for the visa in Rome, I thought now I have more time, but later I find out that to get a visa while in Italy is a lot of hassle and probably impossible in my case. While I’ve been e-mailing the lady who calls me Shirley, I always CC’d the co-op coordinator who gave me her contact. She finally had a chance to look through all the e-mails and I can imagine what she was thinking: “Oh my God… What is going on???”. It was one thing that the conversation was leading to a lot of confusion, and it was another that I was told to get my visa in Rome. My co-op coordinator ended up calling me at my office last Thursday (and the fact that she called me as opposed to e-mailing me meant it was pretty urgent), to tell me NOT to do the visa in Rome, rather I should do it before I leave, and that I should start NOW! She also told me that the lady I’ve been talking was pretty new and didn’t seem to know very much.

I just did my online application this weekend, and after completion made an appointment to bring my required documents. Apparently the earliest date available now is about 4 weeks later; wow lots of people must really want to go to Britain! Guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but this delay is causing me panic, for I worry that I cannot get the visa before leaving Rome. Originally I wanted to leave around mid-August, but now I don’t think I can do that. As it stands I’ll have to book my departure on a day that is not to far from the first day of school, but even then I’m concerned about the time for my visa to process. All this happening because of some misguidance; so unlucky…wow I’ve been having the worst luck with visas this year!

As of now, I am keeping my fingers crossed and constantly going back into the UK visa site to see if any appointments open up; I will probably end up spending my mornings this way too as I arrive to work; which means I’ll be spending even less time commenting – hope you can all understand; and thanks to everyone who showed me support on “I’ll need some time out”. I had only finished one artwork since that post (one that I started long ago), though now I may not have time to do more art either in the next couple of weeks. I’ll still come online from time to time to check bubble mails, new comments and see a some works when time permits.

My last day of work is this coming Friday. I enjoyed this internship, but the stress of school/co-op prep alone is enough for me to look forward to finishing; can’t focus on my job with a troubled mind.

So while I have even less time to comment, I may not be posting anything in the next while either; but I will share lots of photos once I’m in Italy ;) (linked in my journals; I don’t think I’ll upload them as my art unless there is something really worth putting up). I’ll be doing outdoor sketches while I’m there too. But for now, fingers crossed that all will go smooth…

To those who just started watching me, hope you don’t think I’m crazy :P

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