I’ll begin with an apology; I haven’t blogged for quite a period of time because of how busy I’ve been this past week. I’ve been applying to universities this week, and it’s quite a challenging process. At any rate, I’ll try really hard to blog more often.
I can think of very few examples of irony that are more pronounced than the content of university websites, and the whole process of applying to university. For me, universities have always been the embodiment of academic success; when I think of universities, I think of cutting-edge ideas, and the clear and concise method of conveying these ideas. This couldn’t be further from the truth in reality. University websites are the very worst websites there are for the communication of information. One would think that with their massive funding, and the harboring of tomorrow’s future, the websites would be designed better (or at least in a way that makes it easy to find important information), but no; it’s as though children designed the websites. It’s extremely frustrating trying to find very basic information on those websites, and makes the experience extremely unpleasant.
The only thing more annoying than the poor web designs are the actual process of applying to the universities. The instructions given are extremely ambiguous, and there isn’t much help provided. At the end it they say that providing false information will be treated harshly (as it should), but when they make the instructions so unclear, I’m sure a lot of people may be providing false information unintentionally. I’ve had to consult with my guidance councillor several times to clear up questions due to the unclear process of application.
The web designs are poor and the applying process challenging, but life goes on. I just hope that universities work on these issues, as they make it very confusing to people trying to get to those universities. I’m sure that having a nice and easy-to-understand would only make applicants to go to those universities more, so I sure hope they can fix these problems soon.