31 August 2006

State of Mind

You know what? It's been 5 months since I came here, more than 4 months since I applied for my "Nostrification" - the process that gets me the student status. Still my enrollment seems to be a distant dream! My health insurance, student dorm, concessions in trains, etc. all depend on that.

I do not have any clue about what these authorities are doing? How long a man can show his patience? I go to the downtown office, they tell me to go to Garching where the pointer is always to the downtown office. This is what is happening for almost 3 months. All this while I was trying to defend them when someone said "they are always like this". But, I feel irritated now.

The insurance story is completely different. I am of-course not an employee of any institute. I am a "promotionsstudium" (PhD student), which does not come in the normal student class. It boils down to this - I am neither a student nor an employee. These insurance companies don't have any option to have a policy for a person like this. So what am I supposed to do? I am the only non-German in the whole lot, that means I am the only one facing this problem. All others have their insurances from the beginning. Now the only option seems to be going to any of the private firms - which means, pay 3 times what I should really pay.

The best part is, nobody seems to know what I should be doing. Isn't that great?

I am normally a 'never-tempered' person. I generally don't complain too. I always try to defend the officials when these kinds of problems come. But the situation demands me to be the other way around. Let me see whether I can do?. By next weekend I should have my insurance ready.

Completely frustrated.

Signing off, Sands.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hee hee ... I had the same type of frustration with something called "SSN" (Social Security Number) over here. I had to wait two weeks after I landed to be able to apply for SSN, then it took another one month for the SSN to arrive. And in this meantime I try to buy a car, get an insurance, buy a cell phone etc... etc.., I cant do anything without an SSN :)). I can understand your frustration, nice to know that others also get frustrated =)).