Once again, I'm not making it to school on time. It's 10:30 and I still haven't done my knee-strengthening exercises or had a shower. At this rate, by the time I get to campus I'll have to go straight to the stupid SEVIS meeting. SEVIS, for those who don't know, is the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, designed to electronically track people on student visas. Your SEVIS visa document will now have a bar code indexing into a database; your school will electronically submit your registration information to the INS, which will be instantly (?) checked every time you cross the border; and you will have to keep the INS apprised of your current home address, should they decide to come down and haul you away to Syria, I guess. In a way, it's just modernizing the current system they have for keeping track of foreign students, but really, I think it's just going to mean a lot more hassle at the border. As part of the registration, we have to attend a mandatory two hour meeting to a) fill out a form, and b) listen to someone repeat the information given on the website. I would be tempted to boycott it, but then I probably wouldn't get let back into the country come August. My friend P said it best: "I resent this whole affair, but I'll go with you." At least my country of birth is not (yet) on the list of "evil countries whose males we have to fingerprint every time they cross the border."
I want to write more about other, more positive things, but I really do have to be heading to school.