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How Did I Do That?

July 29th, 2008 at 06:42 am

How did I do what? How did I manage to schedule a college visit for a totally different day than I had in mind, write down the correct time on the date I had in mind and then totally miss the appointment (cause it was not on the day I thought I was scheduling it for)? Confused yet? I certainly was yesterday. I had gone on-line a few weeks ago to schedule a college visit with my daughter. The school in question had a website to let you know when they had tours available and you could sign up on-line. I have been doing Fridays because my daughter and I both have off those days. I was trying (and thought I had) signed up for an appointment on Friday Aug. 1 at 1:00. This is what I was trying to get and what I wrote in my date book. The college did send me a confirmation but (my fault here) I did not look at it closely. I still assumed that I had signed up for the date I wanted. I realized yesterday afternoon that I had somehow clicked on the wrong date and signed up for July 23. Note, that yesterday was July 28 so no way were we making the July 23 appointment. My time machine is broken and has no hopes of being fixed any time soon. I called the college to apologize for my mistake, explain and ask if there were still any openings for Friday Aug. 1. I explained that we would be in the area (about 2 hours away from my home) visiting other schools (in the morning) and we would really like to conserve time and gas and visit them that afternoon. I am not sure who was answering the phone in admissions yesterday but if I was his boss, he would have been fired. I was very snootily told that they had no openings at all. I asked if they were even having a group tour Friday and was told "All of our information is on our website". I told him that since it was their website that confused me in the first place, I was trying to schedule something thru a person. Again "All our our information is on our website". At that point I just said "Fine, I guess I will have to try the website again" and hung up. I know the mistake was my fault but I would have hoped for a more pleasant attitude and at least something along the lines of "I am really sorry, I wish I could help you..." but nothing like that. We are still going to try to visit, even if it means we just drive thru the campus and go back for a formal tour another day but it certainly gives me a sour feeling toward the school. And it is not even like it is Harvard or something, just one of our state system schools (although one of the better ones). I think someone needs to remind them (or at least that person) that the prospective students are customers and a bit of old fashioned customer service is in order!

5 Responses to “How Did I Do That?”

  1. JanH Says:


  2. JanH Says:

    Wow, thinking of all that money you'll be spending over the course of her education there and you'd think that he'd be all over himself trying to be helpful and nice. Always reminds me of Julia Roberts in that movie "Pretty Woman" where she walks back in and tells the snooty sales person: Big Mistake, Huge! Perhaps you can talk to the office of the dean of her major and see if they will be more accommodating. Although, I've known a dean or two that I wouldn't want to deal with either.

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    That was probably a student on the phone. One who was working "scholarship hours" or work study, or just regular employment at the school. Probably had next to no training. I wouldn't judge the whole school on that call. Directly phone the departments that interest your daughter to get more customized tours.

  4. debtfreeme Says:

    I would let them know.

    I used to administer an admissions office and I wanted to know what my staff told to people. Often I listed to conversations and reviewed with them what they could have done to help. Admissions is the first office people have experience with and we want them to apply and come to our school. with the college/university applications being so competitive I would call and say something.

  5. mbkonef Says:

    My daughter called back today. They were much nicer, much more helpful and apologized when she told them how rude someone had been yesterday. I wasn't going to judge the whole school by one person but it isn't nice to get that vibe right from the start. I much prefer starting positively or at least with a neutral opinion and working from there.

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