Out of my control

The person responsible for preparing letters of confirmation of degree at University of Toronto's School of Graduate Studies isn't around. I've called SGS every day to follow up on the letter, but no one else can prepare it. My transcript currently shows that my thesis is still in progress, so I can't request a paper copy and use that as proof of completion.

An international student advisor at U of T said that there's absolutely no way I can rush either SGS or Citizenship and Immigration Canada. She advised postponing my start date to three to four weeks after I send the application, which is dependent on when I receive the letter.

I'm very uncomfortable with the idea of moving my start date forward, but I don't think I can do anything about it. I've asked SGS if anyone else can prepare the letter. I've asked about my transcript. GWAAH!

Looking back, I really can't see how I would've done things better. This galls me even more than being late does. The tentative start date for my offer was based on a fairly reasonable time estimate after my thesis defense. I don't think I delayed a lot myself. Maybe I should have been more pessimistic, adding at least a 50% buffer to account for delays in communication, unexpected absences, things like that. I guess that's it: be much more conservative when estimating around other people's times...

I can't do anything about it now. I just have to wait.

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