While I agree it gets wasted a lot of the time, that is really my point. These programs are out there and despite being a lot of paperwork, are much less dangerous than ripping off a Colombian drug lord…albeit, probably not as much fun.
Admittedly, the bureaucracy was a real pain, but it was no different much of the red tape I had dealt with. The rules are the rules. My daughter had to get right into a master’s program after her undergrad degree or she would have lost eligibility…and other things like that which we had to navigate.
I must respectfully disagree on one point. I sure as heck didn’t know any of the right people, yet it was not too difficult to get done.