Wednesday, July 15, 2009


My hearing is on Monday. Now you may ask, what the fuck is a hearing? What did you do Amelie? Are you going to jail? Well... no, not quite.

You see, I attend a school that regards itself as highly prestigious. Most of its activities occur in a small, gray building, deceptively surrounded by plant-life. Inside, you can find concrete gray walls in the style of brutalist architecture, large glass windows, plenty of sound-proof study rooms, lecture halls, and of course random art work. The random artwork confuses most people, even its students. It took us two years to realize that the huge ass billboard beside student services that read "DAVE & SONS LAUNDRY, CLOSING BUSINESS, 'DAD WE MISS YOU SO MUCH'" was not about anyone's dad dying but just part of the school's decor.

Anyways, as I was saying, this school is one that regards itself in a very high light. It puts a lot of emphasis on its global ranking. In fact, I've come to the conclusion that the people running the school care more about their global ranking than their students. The school is brutal to its students. The workload is insane, there is no room for slack or flexibility in course selection and a fail grade in any course leads to a process of appealing, which involves something known as a hearing.

The hearing involves you, the student, writing a letter explaining yourself, explaining why you failed a certain course, explaining any extenuating circumstances, and then going in front of a panel of 8 "judges" to explain yourself. After explaining yourself, you're grilled for some time. "Why do you want to be in this school?" "What will a BBA do for you?" "Why should we let you stay?" etc.

Then you're sent out of the room, and after some time and deliberation by the judges are told whether or not you are allowed to stay in the program.

I wasn't worried about this. I believed my appeal was strong, but in the past two days, 6 people I know got kicked out of the program, so now really I don't know what's going to happen.

So yes, that is what I have to look forward to this coming Monday. I can't wait!


Woozie said...

Well, you already know how much I approve of your program.

And about the billboard, what?

Orhan Kahn said...

Oh, my.

I'm sure you will be fine. You're awesome like that. And if not, then go back to DESTINATION UNKNOWN and start a revolution!

skinnylittlesister said...

Wow!? A hearing over ONE course?! No 3 strikes, you're out? I guess this isn't baseball but still...craziness, they must have a list a mile long of folks waiting, itching, biting to get into this school. I wish you luck, but have a feeling you will do fine!

Amélie said...

wooz: lol I know. The billboard thing is really funny. It's like one of those signs put outside of schools to update people of events... except not.

Orhan: stop being so motherly ;) It's creepy y'know. P.S sorry I fell asleep.

skinny: yeah : ( If you fail one course or if your GPA is below a certain level you have to go to the hearing. Thanks for the luck :)

Anonymous said...

Yeah I have a wtf moment everything I pass by the board. I dont get it still... you'd expect that an intelligent business school would put up intellectual signs of anything. Closing business dad we miss you? Wtf?!?!

And 6 people? I only know of 4... who are the other 2? Fuck man.

You'll do fine. I believe in you.

Anonymous said...

Hahahah I meant to say everytime

Anonymous said...

If there's even a ml of fairness in that place, you'll win your appeal. But worrying won't help; try not to do that.

Orhan Kahn said...

Oh, you'll be sorry when I'm done with you.

Amélie said...

guitarplaya: womannn. I misses you. Also, I meant 4. Woops. Double also, thanks. I do hope it goes well :(

Jack: Thanks : ) Yeah you know whatever happens happens... in the end it won't be the end of the world. I've learned there are much more important things in life.

Orhan: huh!?