I got an email saying that registration is coming up in 6 days. In order to take the introductory biology courses I want to take, I must be a biology major, so I contacted the department office manager and she referred me to three advisors/professors. I emailed one of them and she told me I should talk to an advisor...she referred me back to the department office manager. So, I called the office manager and asked to speak with or be scheduled to speak with an advisor. She got really snotty and said, "I've already referred you to advisors." I guess I should've contacted the other two professors/advisors, but I was confused as to why the first one hadn't offered to meet with me...I wanted to make sure that I was going about it all the right way.
I guess the professor I contacted doesn't want to meet with me. I guess that I'm going to get the bureaucratic, institutional runaround once again. I guess that professors are busy and are doing research and teaching and don't have time to advise. Fine. Then let's have the school hire some advisors. Or something. Because I feel like I can't get any help and I feel like I'm making important, uninformed decisions that could impact the course of my expensive education.
And lets talk about the Triceratops. Months and months and months ago, I contacted a billion people about working on a preparation project at OPU's geology museum. I asked my advisor about it and she encouraged me to talk to the guy in charge. Well...he got ill and my advisor is now in charge. And a bunch of undergraduates are now working on the project. I'm not one of them.
I feel let down. I've put a lot of work into my education this year. I've put myself out there and tried very hard to become visible to the community of people that will be my professors/mentors/advisors during the next few years. I've gone out of my way to introduce myself to people, attend lectures and departmental gatherings.
I feel invisible.