Something has been weighing on my chest the past month.
I didn’t really tell anyone (except. Her and my brother) about it because I really didn’t want to dwell on it. I still believe things happen for a reason. And I kept telling myself, if I’ve been brought to it, I’ll be brought through it.
And this was what happened:
I signed up 3 students for the piano practical exam this season.
Sub-consciously, I was waiting for the letter to arrive in the letterbox, telling me when the exact dates and venues are. After all, this was how I took my piano exams when I was a student.
BUT. I FORGOT.
That from 2011, no more snail-mail letters are going to be sent out. Everything will be communicated online!
SO I FORGOT TO CHECK THE DATES ONLINE.
AND MY STUDENTS MISSED THE EXAM DATE.
When the guy called me to ask why ALL my candidates did not turn up for their exam, my heart skipped a beat and sank. But, keeping my calm, I asked him: “Is there anything that can be done about this?”
The guy on the line remarked about how cool I was about the whole matter.
“Well, freaking out now won’t exactly help either.” I replied in my head.
Anyway, I was told to write in to the head office and request to be allocated a second date, a second chance. That I did promptly.
And another round of waiting started.
Around mid-September, when there was still no news, I dropped them another email, asking when could I know if there would be dates allocated. I mean, if they decided not to give us a second chance, I’d have to break the news to my students… and their parents. *shudders*
I was told to wait. Again.
Finally, today, I called them and spoke to the same guy.
NOW IT’S THEIR FAULT. They totally missed my email and my request!
But the good news?
My students will be given re-entry vouchers. That means, even if they want to take a higher grade next year (which I’m already preparing them for), they just need to top-up the amount.
Why is this a load off me?
The whole month, I kept thinking, the worst case scenario is, I’ll have to pay my students back from my own pockets. After all, it was my fault I didn’t check the exam dates online in the first place.And the thought of losing $400+ from my bank account was just… arghhh. Especially when I’m saving for *other things*. But now that I know I don’t have to, I’m really relieved. I can start blog-shopping again! (Yes I actually abstained from it for a whole month!)
This shall be a lesson learnt.
In future, there is going to be no more snail mail letters. CHECK ONLINE.