One of the most ridiculous things I've encountered
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
I just found out that the university sponsoring the summer class I'm enrolled in has me listed as a NON-US citizen. (No one knows what country they think I'm a citizen OF.)
This was changed in 1984 - when I returned from Peace Corps and enrolled at the university so I could take classes needed for my teacher certification. Keep in mind that I had attended this university when I was 16 and took two summer classes, so I already had an ID number. That my parents lived across the street. That my father was dean of the grad school at this time. That ONLY US citizens can join Peace Corps, since it's an organization of the US government. That later in 1984 I became an employee of the school, in the dept of ed, as a non-union admin in educational research and development. That I received my teaching certificate three years later and THEN moved to the USVI. That I've enrolled in (and paid for) several summers of independent coursework with my former art history professor.
No, NOW I'm a non-US citizen. And to PROVE my citizenship I have to send them a copy of my passport. Which has already been sent to THEIR affiliate for the summer program, who has sent it on to the Italian consulate in Miami so I can get a student visa.
And NO ONE knows WHY I was changed to non-US status, so NO ONE will change it back without proof that I'm a US citizen.