I DID IT! I am now the proud owner of a WTN (World Tracking Number).
So, what has happened since I last posted? The time for the IEC quota for the UK to open was announced as 2pm yesterday. Yesterday morning, I felt fine though little tired after a restless nights sleep – I had dreamt that I was number 4776 in the quota. As the morning wore on, the sick feeling got worse and worse. By 1pm, I was definitely snappish! My housemate came home and gave me a bag of Daim Mini Eggs before backing away and reaching for a Vodka for herself!
1.30pm – Dad and I were sat by the laptop. Carefully positioned with him able to look over my shoulder in a non suffocating fashion. Passwords, user names, security questions all rehearsed. Dates and date formats checked and double checked. Passport number triple checked
1.58pm – Kompass account and IEC pages open, constantly hitting the F5 button to refresh
2.00pm – The site hasnt changed, ARGGHH
2.02pm – It is open. 2,500 places. I cant find the link to register a new Kompass account. Where is the link?! I cant find it? HELP ME!
2.02pm – 2.09pm – Go, go, go! Filling in the form. Pre-practised security questions and answers out of the window – I tpyed random words in answer to the questions and Dad wrote them down! The form randomly asked how many letters are in the word CANADA. This was a potential game changer. I froze. I am not good with numbers. Dad saved the day – SIX
2.09pm – SUBMIT. Breathe. Wait. YESSSS. Number 1543.
2.11pm – Checked the IEC page. All 2,500 places gone
Housemate, Dad and I spent a significant amount of time just sitting and recovering.
Since then…. I have received a Notice of Submission, sent payment ($150), uploaded a CV and picture of my passport. Now, I wait. The hardest part is over!
Today, I had a lovely Indian Head Massage with Mum. Much needed after recent stress. Lovely to just lie and relax without worrying and checking pages for dates and times!