But it is also not what I expected. I really like the people I am working with, and it is way more flexible than I thought it would be. So flexible in fact that at times I am at a loss for what I should be doing. I appreciate the ability to be creative and try new things. No lie, its challenging.
My region is challenging in a different way, because the help they need is not obvious. Most of the students come from affluent backgrounds, and have private tutoring sessions with paid professionals. Especially when compared to other regions around the state where they are in desperate need for resources. The counselors I am talking to get things done, and are skeptical of a newbie straight-out-of high school wannabie Financial Aid officer. And to be honest, so am I.
Luckily I have been a pro at the strategy "Fake it Till you Make it" and I have to confidence to at least make them think twice about their initial judgements. It will take time for them to trust me enough to actually get access to their students.
Until then, I am limited to community areas to find students. Next task: where do today's high school students spend their time outside of school?