I’ve discovered that the process of applying for a PhD program requires a lot of determination, patience, and paperwork. I started the application process back in April. There was lots of paperwork and many emails back and forth. Eventually, they rejected me on the basis of accreditation issues. This is where the determination came in. I surprised myself by convincing the admissions committee that my Master’s degree was properly accredited. More paperwork and emails followed, and finally in August they accepted me into their PhD program.
But that wasn’t the end of the matter. Far from it. The next step was to get a scholarship. That took a while, but in September they granted me a nice scholarship toward my living expenses on campus.
The next step was to obtain a visa. And that is where I’ve been stuck for several weeks. Everyone on campus went on vacation and stopped answering my emails. When they finally got back, it didn’t take too long for them to send me the necessary paperwork for my visa application. Then, I had to figure out what paperwork I needed to supply. It wasn’t easy. The embassy website was not helpful, and my phone calls went to an automated system that referred me back to the website. Finally, I gathered up all the paperwork and documents that I thought they wanted and sent them off, hoping for the best.
And now I wait…and wait…and wait.
One of the documents that I had to submit with my visa application was proof that I had a plane ticked to Israel. So, I went ahead and purchased the ticket. The next day, I got an email from the university saying that they are having trouble finding a dorm room for me and that I should hold off on purchasing a ticket until they can arrange a place for me to stay. I wrote back saying that it was too late – I already purchased the ticket.
So, now, I have a visa application in process, but I’m not 100% sure that I included the correct paperwork. I have a plane ticket to Israel for October 30, but no place to stay when I get there.
If you would like to pray for me, I would particularly appreciate prayers that I would get the visa in time for my scheduled flight and that they would be able to find a dorm for me. If you would like to make a donation toward my moving expenses, you can do so here.