The MIA Diploma

This post is old, so what you see here may not reflect my current opinion and mindset, certain information may be outdated, and links may be broken.

I think the fact that it took eight, EIGHT, months for my BA diploma and transcript to arrive broke all records in the world. This even surpasses the time that it took for me to get my AA (four to five months).

Seriously. Was $50 worth the frustration and anger I had to go through to get this stupid sodding “piece of paper” in my hand? Hell no. Did it make me happy to see that the transcript was printed out in August 8, 2008? Or what about the official letter that was typed up in July 28, 2008? No, it did not make me happy since this just proved the fact that these morons at my university, simply put, forgot about me. Never mind those times where they told me, five months ago, that the diploma was on its way.

It’s kind of funny that after last month, where I spent a week trying to get a hold of someone at the main headquarters in Japan, I finally talked to one of the mothers at the daycare centre, someone who works for the Korean division, to do something about it. Actually, it’s not funny. It’s more like I’m laughing because the irony is killing me. It’s like, why didn’t I just try this before. Oh, right. I didn’t because my university’s administration workers are seriously incompetent.

Is it possible to be angry and happy at the same time? Talk about two contrasting emotion. That was how I felt, though, when I opened up the package. I was happy to finally receive the thing, ensuring a goofy smile on my face, but that smile changed to a scowl after I realised that they just took care of it at the end of July and a few days ago. Bah.

Now that I have the huge diploma in my hand, I have no clue what I want to do with it. Other than framing it, that is. Or perhaps I’ll use it as a fan or use it as a fly swatter After all, my own university obviously deemed it to be worthless.


P.S. – At least my diploma came with my Junjou Romantica art book. That definitely brought a big smile to my face.


  1. Wow, that’s insanely long – 8 months for a diploma! The longest before you, that I knew of, was my sister’s friend who went to study in Australia for a semester through her university’s program but somehow it took them about 6 months to transfer that class over and get her transcript and diploma.

    Wait, so did you go to uni in Japan or in Korea? Or some other country?

  2. I used to rage at the machine about stuff like this, but I’ve learned that all of academe has its head up its arse in some fashion or another. I am sorry you had to wait so long, but at least they didn’t erase your entire transcript record and make you redo everything. ;P

    Seriously, though, congrats on the diploma. It may seem worthless now, but I guarantee at some point down the road you’ll thank your lucky stars that you have it and say, “Oh, so THAT’S why I sold my soul for this thing.”

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