Today I was running around doing errands, and since I’m hoping to graduate this year, I decided to tie up loose ends. I received a nice snippy email from the university that said, “well we’re acknowledging that we received your application to graduate, but don’t expect to be let out if you have any library fines, parking fines, outstanding fees at financial services, or any other crap on your record there young lady!” So I toddled over to the library to make sure I didn’t have any fines. I was pretty sure I didn’t have any, because the way I use the library is for journal articles most of the time, so it doesn’t require any books being taken out. But this nagging voice said, “You did take a couple books out, so you might have something, who knows.”
And ya know what? I did have a fine. Apparently two years ago, I was late to return a video. So they fined me 5 bucks. Thank god fines don’t accumulate interest. Otherwise I might have to pay a small fortune, after having paied a small fortune already.
I love how universities work. Everywhere else in the known universe, if you owe something, if you don’t pay it after a while, you get a friendly nudging letter saying, “Hey! Numbnuts! Pay your fine!” But not the university. It’s like they’re just waiting for you to not realize that you have a $5 fine so they can say, “you can’t graduate now, that’ll be $90 please, cha ching, ha ha ha ha ha.” I’m just glad I listen to my nagging voices. They just saved my butt.