Spring break kind of put a damper on my volunteer schedule. I was off for a week, then South was off, then I couldn't make it... this past week was much the same. I had some family stuff going on and couldn't make it on my normal Monday so I came in Friday instead.
I would just like to point out that Minnesota is gross. I got out of bed and definately was not looking forward to trekking to South in the icy rain/ sleet. Ew. But I did anyways, and was put in a much better mood.
When I got up to the career center, there was a note for me on the door telling me to go to another room downstairs. I was pretty satisfied that I knew exactly where this room was. I peeked through the window and saw a conference room full of well dressed students and important looking adults speaking to them. I waited outside for a minute before I gain the courage to knock and see if Anne was in the room. She was! I went and sat down and Anne told me that these kids were signing for the Wallin Scholarship (a prestigious $4,000 a year renewable scholarship for students in Minneapolis and now St. Paul). It was pretty exciting- it brought me back to the good old days (hmmhmunderayearagomm) when I was in their seats.
After a bit, Anne and I went back to the Career Center. It was a really busy day for her since there were many scholarships due and the career fair is coming up. I was glad I was there to help out with paper work and such.
I got on Anne's laptop and updated a contact list for the people coming to the career fair while making copies and such. Students were flooding in with questions for Anne. A pretty steady line formed between classes. Anne is very good at handling all these kids at once (and they all seem to love her).
In the last half hour, I helped a girl fill out her FAFSA. Ha. If there is one thing about the college process I hate, it is the FAFSA. I have done it for years, as I did it for my sister for two years before doing my own. If you have the papers right in front of you, it is not so bad, but sometimes it is so hard to figure out. I am no expert, but I know the basics. The student didn't have much paperwork with her, so we couldn't do much and she was very frustrated about this. Hopefully once she gets her taxes together it will come out easier.
I'll be back in two weeks!