I think this post will only be remotely interesting if you are a little familiar with writing a thesis or similar processes.It is long and I'm seriously pissed off.I'm attending a smaller university in a European country, so corona has been a big deal for several months now. The original plan was to write my thesis in April. But I decided to postpone it, because it didn't seem to be the best idea to conduct interviews with elderly people during a global pandemic. My professor and the collaborating organization strongly rejected the idea of conducting online interviews, but the corona infections became worse and they finally started to give in. But after this was finally settled, the next issue arrived: they suddenly wanted me to switch research objective, target groups and the secondary supervisor for my thesis. It took some time to sort all of that out without burning some bridges.Then the big thing happened which came to seriously bite me in the ass in September : An e-mail from the university was going around, telling students that corona made it possible to apply for a reimbursement of semester fees - and I fulfilled all of the conditions. It was indicated that students who only had their thesis left were specifically able to apply. That was basically me, yay!The first problem: the deadline for the application was set for just four days from the time they sent us the e-mail. Hmmmm.The second problem: important information was lacking, like, uhhhh...Where do I even have to send the application??? Why is there no contact information given??? Why is no one answering the university's telephone to answer my questions?But I was determined and I handed everything in on time! It was difficult, but I made it.But I should have known that it was really suspicious that the process seemed to be designed to be as difficult as possible to actually follow through....But I was hopeful, because corona hit me hard financially, like most students I know. So I applied... and waited. Waited some more. I never got any response....Then the time came to finally formally register for my thesis. Finally.I had previously sorted out all issues with my professor and the organization and I had already started to conduct some of the interviews to save some time prior to the actual registration.When I logged into the designated website to register for my thesis, all functions were locked. Haha.I couldn't register for my thesis. In fact, I couldn't do anything.That was at the beginning of October.It didn't take a genius to figure out that it might very likely be a consequence of my corona-related application. I thought, naively so, that a few calls with the university's departments would probably fix this issue in around two weeks.The following weeks and even months were an absolute shit show. I wrote so many e-mails. I made so many phone calls. I won't even attempt to recount how many people and departments I contacted within that time. Many didn't ever bother to reply to my e-mails.(On the positive side, I completely lost my anxiety-related fear of making phone calls to important people, because I was forced to constantly call people who didn't want to listen to me and my problems! YAY!)On a sidenote, I lost days because the university provided a link to the wrong department, but that was the smallest issue. The department responsible for examination, only to be addressed on three days of the week for only two hours respectively, sent me to IT. IT sent me back to examinations. Examinations sent me back to IT.IT sent me a confirmation that they were taking care of my case - only to write back half an hour later: "Sorry, your status is unclear. We're no longer responsible for you."Back at examinations, they told me that my situation was apparently "unique" among students, because it should have already been fixed under normal circumstances... and they actually don't know what is going on. They'll have a talk with IT and "I'll ask around, because your situation is really difficult."I felt bad, because every department told me how much work they have, especially because of corona.But another two weeks went by and no one gave me any information and I still couldn't register.Following this, I started to lose trust and I started to call the department for examinations every week, asking for an update. I regularly checked whether I could finally register. I couldn't. I was almost finished with all of my interviews.It was November. The department for examinations nicely told me to please not call every week anymore, they'll write me if there's any news. More time went by and nothing happened.I contacted my professor and asked for advice. She half-heartedly told me to contact another department, responsible for student affairs. But I knew my professor wasn't interested in investing any time in me, she was very dismissive.Following my professor's advice, I called student affairs to ask for advice. They interrupted me constantly to give me advice I didn't need, because they didn't take the time to listen to understand that I had a "unique" case. She kept on asking "What is your problem? Then what is your problem?" - while still interrupting me. But, without them realizing, they provided me with information about my case which actually helped me a little. They told me my official status, which the other departments had neglected to do and I hadn't been able to check because these functions didn't exist for me anymore. This information confirmed something I had already started to have nightmares about.I had a new question, which I asked the rude lady on the phone: What happens with my status and my thesis if this matter of non-registration drags on until the end of the semester? She couldn't tell me, but she sounded weird.My sleeping problems got worse.In the middle of November, the department for examinations told me (I had to call them, because there were no news from their side) that the hierarchically highest people of their department would have to vote against or for my case within the next weeks. And I was like, WTF. Why do they even have vote? What TF is going on? Why are they voting about me?I waited another two weeks. Finally, I contacted them again and I am told that it was decided to help me. YAY!But... there was almost no time left.I still asked: What if I can't make it in this semester because of all of this? After all, I had looked at the remaining time frame and it looked really bad. There wasn't enough time, even with the earliest possible date to hand my thesis in. It just was formally nearly impossible. The university's regulation left me a margin of around a week or two, if I managed to hand everything in at the earliest date possible - if I managed. If I managed to finish my thesis in two thirds of the usual time and everything else went absolutely perfect.She told me: It'll be fine, just talk to your professor to have it graded in two days!Well, I told this my professor and she said... No. She "doesn't want any student, especially someone who conducts interviews, to write a thesis within two months. That's just not a good idea."Duh, I was very aware that this was a bad idea. But I had done the maths and it didn't look good and now she basically told me that she doesn't want to support me in my desperate attempt to still make it in time.Her solution? Oh, I should just pay the whole semester fees for the last and for the next semester. And I shouldn't worry what the employer will think, if they see how many more semesters I needed to finish my degree! Nothing to worry about! Oh, so you don't have the money? Surely, you can borrow it somewhere!That was some major BS.But it wasn't total BS, because the department for examination told me the same thing after I asked them for alternative solutions. They stressed that this is the only solution. And they ended the message by writing "Good luck, you can do it in two months! That's possible!"I was finally able to register within the first week of December. But it is almost to late. My professor is still against me writing it in two months' time, even if she begrudgingly said that she'll try to grade it in less than a week if I make it. But she has been so dismissive this whole time and it is clear that she thought I'd be an easy student to supervide and she's not even responding to my e-mails which ask her about formal advice on my thesis, so I don't trust anything I don't have a signed contract for at this point.I now have around two months left. Most students don't work empirically, because it is so much extra work, but I had wanted to do it. Now I seriously regret it.To summarize: I took my university up on their offer to apply for a reimbursement of my semester fees. It was ridiculously difficult to hand in this application, but I made it.I fulfilled all the conditions. I got it granted, without ever getting any kind of notification about it.I discovered that I couldn't register for my thesis.I tried to get help asap.No one felt responsible. They sent me from one department to another for weeks.I had to explain it sooo many times, until they finally seemed to realize that somethin was "uniquely wrong" with my case.They never informed me of anything going on.My prof didn't want to help me.Other department that were supposed to help students out repeatedly either didn't answer or couldn't help me.I spent two months just waiting for anything to finally happen.For some reason they had to vote about the question whether they wanted to help me. Like, what?I could finally register, but the timeframe is nearly impossible.My professor keeps on arguing that I shouldn't even try.And most importantly:My professor and my university want me to pay double to be able to graduate - but I don't have the money. And I seriously and wholeheartedly did nothing wrong. I tried to get help, I tried to be updated, I tried to communicate asap.I applied because I wanted to worry less. And it made a big mess of everything. And my university lets me beg for help, but I don't receive any.I am very pissed off.You might not believe me, but I actually left out a lot of annoying details.