Ok, I called a school today because I hadn't heard anything from them since my app was complete (10/2/01). Anyways, when I called way back when in October, they told me they had received my application and a letter of rec, which was all that they required. So, I marked "complete" on my note card for that particular school (I don't want to mention the name of the school b/c I'll just collapse and wish the floor to swallow me whole if they were to read this.) I hadn't heard a peep from them, so I decided to call to see what was up. Well, lo and behold, I call, and they tell me my friggin application is incomplete!!! I'm like no way, and they're like yes way. I'm in total denial while they're acting totally cool about the situation (like a "we do no wrong" attitude). Before I go further, I should mention that this is the same school to which I had to send my picture not once, not twice, but three times!!!! I don't know if they just couldn't get enough of my beauty or what...or maybe they just couldn't swallow the grotesqueness of the picture (beats me...). Anyways, so I ask them what exactly it is they're missing, and the lady says they're missing 1 letter of recommendation. I'm like noooooooooooo, you have my letter of recommendation. She's like "no, we only have 2 letters of rec from you." I'm like "I was under the assumption you only require 1." She responds with "yes, but in your case we need three." I'm doing my best at this point trying to contain all the bubbling emotions within me. In fact, I think I'm going to beg my parents to buy me an inflatable "medical admissions secretary" punching bag for my birthday tomorrow. Anyways, so back to the story. I ask her where the second letter of rec came from b/c I asked for only ONE to be sent. (I had to ask my undergrad school to send this one letter 3 friggin times to this particular school.) So, she puts me on hold for 15 minutes while she checks my "file." I spent those fifteen minutes tearing up paper and tapping tunes with my finger nails. So, when she finally comes back on the phone, she tells me "Ms. Pendulum, I hate to tell you this, but we've made a mistake; you have only one letter on file...the second is a duplicate of the first. We STILL need two more letters of rec from you." I'm thinking what the begonies is wrong with this school. They have the letter of rec they need. Anyways, after what seems like 50 minutes (it was actually 45 mins), she finally tells me that I need two more letters of rec from people that know me. I'm like "Ms. DodoBird, the application here says you need one composite letter. You already have that on file. I don't understand what exactly I'm missing. Please help me see the light." She responds with "Ms. Pendulum, I don't know how to make this any clearer, we need 2 more letters of rec before we can send this to the committee for a review." Normally, I don't cry...but you know how sometimes you're so frustrated you get a knot in your throat and that leads to...well, a few tears... Well, I'm almost at that point when I say "Ms., I had my undergrad send you a pre-health composite letter." She says "Dear, the only letter I have here is from Dr. _____ (who BTW is the pre-health committee chair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). I took the biggest breath of my life and politely explained that Dr. _________ is the chair of the committee and the letter is in fact a compilation of different ones...blah blah blah. She finally sees the light and tells me "you poor dear, for the past three months your app has been in the incomplete stack. Oh my!" So, she tells me to hold, and I'm put on hold for another 20 minutes. Finally, someone comes to the phone, but it's a different lady. I specifically tell her "I was told to wait on the phone." This lady tells me to call back later. I say "Actually, she just picked up the phone 3 minutes ago and told me to continue waiting. Will it be a problem for the office if I continue holding?" The lady says "no" and lets me be. WELL, 3 minutes later she comes back on and asks me why I'm waiting. I give her the spill, and she tells me that my application will now go to the committee for review. Lady #1 had actually told me that and then had put me on hold. This second lady mistook me for a dodo bird b/c she insisted that that's all Ms. ____ was probably going to say. At this point, I'm exasperated, and I just give in. I end the call (which ended up being 1 hour and 43 minutes). I really want to know what Lady #1 wanted to say to me, but I guess now I'll never know since Lady #2 "forced" me to hang up. I really hate being left hanging as I was today, but my gosh what an experience! I've had my moments of frustration, but today--by far--was the biggest test!!! How can any school leave my "complete" application in the incomplete file for THREE months?????? I KNOW it's so selfish and childish of me to complain, but I just had to get this out of my system. I really am an understanding person, but 3 months?????? I sure hope this school hasn't done the same to its other applicants. Anyways, enough taking up space.... Thanks for letting me vent!