(Temporary) Post Mortem
I’ve had to withdraw from TAFE. My health reached the point where I now have a diazepam prescription to cope with the really bad days. It’s for the best; the diazepam makes me so drowsy I become an OHSW liability (industrial sewing machines and whatnot).
I’ll be spending the next few months taking the time to get a bit more healthy. I’ve started to see a psychotherapist, and as much as I hate how I end up by the end of the sessions, they are helping - A LOT.
I haven’t quit sewing or designing though… currently working on a My Little Pony club/rave outfit that I think will go into multiple extremes - slutty, what the f***, promiscuous and childish. I also need to get around to sewing some petticoats for my lolita wardrobe and start working on my reconstructed-deconstructionist dress I’ve been planning for a while.
The dramas of enrolling at TAFE SA.
Paperwork finally came - it turns out my phone’s been playing up, and my boyfriend doesn’t check his voicemail. So I open the envelope after trekking an hour home from the friend’s I was staying at, and how they work their enrolments and module selection is nothing like what I expected…
Neither is enrolment. TAFE SA uses the most convoluted, confusing and just plain user-unfriendly online enrolment system EVER. For starters, there’s no way that I found of bringing up a timetable so you can see what’s on when. I don’t have any objections to creating my own timetables (I do that anyway); but when there’s no timetable system at all? Not cool.
The system also doesn’t tell you if there’s any clashes. Upon creating my timetable, I found three. If it turns out I’m meant to enrol into those classes, I’m so screwed. Fortunately, I’ve set up a backup timetable that resolves my clashes (not ideally, because I still have to attend classes on a Friday, but it will do).
I’ve received three invoices in my TAFE e-mail inbox within a matter of days. Course fees don’t have to be paid until the 17th of February, so I’ve got a little bit of time to get my head around it. Materials and kits, however, need to be paid before I start class on the 30th.
My enrolment list tells me about $190. My invoices over three days built up to about $1800… Approximately $600 of that is supposed to be materials and kits. You can understand why I’m confused, especially considering I need to pay for materials before the 30th. $200, I can do. $600, not so much.
There will be polite abusive phonecalls tomorrow morning, before I go to an appointment in the afternoon to get funding sorted out with my case manager.
Oh, this isn’t the best part, believe me.
In my enrolment list, there’s a module called Work in the Textiles Clothing and Footwear Industry. I’m currently not enrolled in that. Why? BECAUSE IT DOESN’T EVEN SHOW UP IN THE SEMESTER 1 CLASS LIST.
And people wonder why I’m stressed right now.
Domain name down, hatception and waiting…
So my domain doesn’t like being redirected to Tumblr.. Probably because I also have the hosting package on there. Looks like I’ll just have to import my Tumblr feed onto a webpage.. More work. Great. </sarcasm>
I finally managed to get my timetable sorted out yesterday. It’s only taken two days, some exploration of TAFE SA’s website, pouring over training.gov.au timetables, some raging and lots of planning. Now here’s hoping I don’t have to scrap it all when I know what’s going on…
Speaking of what’s going on, I still haven’t heard anything from TAFE. Sure, I get that SATAC have been running behind this year for whatever reason, and it does take a little while for these things to come through, but classes start on the 31st. My timetable is geared so I get bullshit core modules (OHS) out the way, as well as a piss-easy elective that day. I CAN’T ENROL UNTIL TAFE SENDS ME PAPERWORK! That, and I’d like to be able to head up to Sydney to see my other half before classes start…
Now I’m just really shitty with TAFE. Yes, I understand that it’s perfectly reasonable for TAFE not to send me any course information after I did my SATAC application last year, as I did apply late. But surely I should have received something by now pertaining to enrolment! This will be fun to explain to my case manager on Monday… “Well, yes, I did receive an offer. I accepted through SATAC. I even received an e-mail confirming this. But as to paperwork you guys need to see for me to receive funding, well… about that…”
On the upside, I have started designing and planning. One of my friends, upon hearing I got accepted into fashion design, asked me to design him a “GIANT hat”. I think I’ve come up with a solution: HATCEPTION.
Concept: a larger than average top hat, properly made, that’s covered in top hats. Which are covered in top hats. And so on and so forth. Technically, millinery is a completely different qualification, but it looks like fun. And it really can’t be that hard… Can it?