So this is a bunch of letters- but they all go together and they are all really informative. Let's start with the first one. Opa hears from Mrs. Schauffler who basically gives him the cue to breathe a sigh of relief- she reports from her meeting with the folks in DC who have a say in his visa matter. Her final analysis: it's going to be ok! You're a shoo-in!
And.... that's what Opa says in his response to Mrs. Schauffler- basically "Thanks! Are you sure we're talking about my visitor's visa becoming a student visa?" I have no idea why everyone is so confused about this and yet some people seem to be very clear about how distinct the two visas are. Opa has to be frustrated by this- but at the same time- everybody seems to be confident that it is all going to work out just fine.
Lastly- Opa writes to Mrs. Hanstein- shares the good news with her (which he rightfully assumes she already knows) and then begins asking questions about his next step. This sort of gets ahead of where he is by a whole year, but I think Opa has gotten wise about how much time it takes to work these matters out. He wants to go about continuing his education at a place like Kansas State, where he can continue on the engineering track. Opa realized that he wouldn't be getting as much college credit from his German arbitur that he hoped. The arbitur is about the equivalent of our Associates degree here in America- but done in High School- maybe it's more like taking very advance honors classes in High School that you get college credit for. The credits aren't transferring like Opa hoped. Isn't that always how it works out?! My special honors classes gave me far fewer college credits than were promised. So now Opa realizes he has about a year and a half left of school after this coming year and he's run out of engineering classes to take at McPherson.
Poor guy- will he have to do this long process all over again in order to get into a school like Kansas State? Maybe it will be a little easier as a transfer from one American school to the other. Hopefully Mrs. Hanstein has some advice for him.
In the end though- there is hope for the future- hope for a visa- hope for another year on the free soil of America.