Journey Of A Thousand Miles: My Re-validation Experience pt2
I’m sure you have been waiting to read Part 2 of Journey Of A Thousand Miles: My Re-validation Experience to know what happened next. So when we resumed this year, I hadn’t heard anything from the former DSA or my HOD. I was making plans to go to the former DSA’s office, but before you reach DSA’s office, you’ll have to pass by the MSS office and we all know that some MSS usually book people for things that don’t make sense.
I kept postponing my visit to the DSA’s office until one day I stepped out of my class and saw DSA by the stairs talking with another staff. Of course, the first thing I did was to run back into my class and cross-check if I’m compliant or not. You get that feeling you get when you see DSA, and you just start cross-checking yourself to be sure your dressing is compliant.
Of course, I was compliant but I still had to cross-check. When I was sure everything was okay, I went out of the class again. I walked up to where he was standing, but he was still speaking to the other lecturer so I respectfully stood at a distance and waited for them to be done.
After like 7 minutes, they were done talking and DSA started walking away so I unleashed the flash in me and walked fast enough to catch up with him. I explained everything to him and he was like “I remember your case, hasn’t it been sorted?” and I said “No Sir”. We were walking as we were talking and eventually we appeared at the reception of CMSS.
While at the reception, DSA was talking to another staff and I was just standing behind him, waiting for him to finish talking with the staff. What really caught my attention was the way people stared at me as they walked into the CMSS building. It was as if DSA booked me down for something and they were just pitying me. Lol. Even 3 of my lecturers that were passing-by stopped to ask me what I did and I had to explain to them that I didn’t do anything and that I was just following him so he can sort out my re-validation issue.
After talking with the other staff, I immediately walked up to him and he was like “You’re still here?” and I said “Yes sir, I really want to sort out this issue” and he said I should send a reminder of the mail I sent to him and that I should go and meet my HOD because the whole issue should have been sorted by now. I thanked him and went straight to my HOD’s office.
What Happened Next?
My HOD wasn’t in her office, but I was lucky to find her at another lecturer’s office. However, the problem was that there were so many lecturers gisting there and I couldn’t just walk in. After waiting for more than 20mins, one lecturer came out and I explained the whole situation to the lecturer and asked if I could enter the office and he said No, that I should wait for the HOD to come out. I waited for more than 30 minutes and I was so pissed because my HOD didn’t even know that someone was waiting outside the office for her. And it was more annoying when I heard their loud burst of laughter every 5 mins or so. I must admit, I was so tired and I kept imagining barging the door open and shouting at all of them but that would be very disrespectful of me so I tried to imagine other things that could calm me down.
The worst part was that I couldn’t sit at the reception. I had to stand in front of the office so I wouldn’t miss her when she came out. After what felt like hours, she finally came out and I immediately walked up to her and explained everything. She told me to go to my Level adviser and ask what to do, then come back and tell her. To be clear, she could easily have used her phone to call this my level advisor and ask him any question she wants, rather she chose to send me on that journey. I left the CEDS building that I was in and went to my Level advisor’s office, which was on the 400 floor of the CMSS building.
Watch out for Pt3: The grand finale of my re-validation experience. 😉