Hi Cassia! Welcome to Aikido!
That's great that you are training so enthusiastically!
Regarding the mystery kyu, how do the students feel about not testing until 1st kyu? Are there actually tests but the dojo doesn't have belt color changes? It's really interesting to me as I went through a kyu test and belt color system. I know some dojo's test at each kyu but keeps the white belt until 1st kyu.
There's no judgment on which system is better, I am just curious about how it is working out for you and your classmates.