Somehow my mother managed to convince me to get a plane ticket home for today after failing to convince me to take Amtrak. I just can’t bring myself to go through another horrible Amtrak excursion. It’s not healthy for me. Anyway, I generally consider myself extremely well-planned and not spontaneous at all, which is why I was very surprised to find myself booking a flight only six hours before its scheduled departure.
On Tuesday I wrote the following letter to the university complaining about the dates for move-in weekend next year. I wonder if they’ll listen to me. I wrote it by hand, but I’m pretty sure that this is exactly what I wrote modulo some formatting.
To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Simon Rubinstein-Salzedo. I am currently a third-year undergraduate in the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara, studying mathematics. It has recently come to my attention that move-in weekend for the 2006-2007 academic year is scheduled for September 23rd-24th. Unfortunately, this is the same weekend as Rosh haShanah, the Jewish new year. As a result, even reasonably secular Jews who wish to live in the residence halls would be forced to go through incredible contortions to arrive before instruction begins. It would be necessary to arrive on a weekday, which is extremely difficult if not impossible for students whose parents work full-time jobs. I trust that the decision for move-in days to be this weekend was simply an oversight and that it will be moved to the previous weekend. I would also like to suggest that classes begin (and hence end) a week earlier than previously scheduled so as not to have students in residence halls for over a week and a half before classes begin.
I look forward to any future correspondence on the matter. My addresses are as follows:
P.O. Box 11146, UCSB
Santa Barbara, CA 93107
1201 Pendola House, Manzanita Village
Do you think they’ll listen to me?