Well, it turns out sitting in a cubicle all day is a lot more exhausting than I would have imagined. Even though I literally just sit at my desk for hours at a time, I’m still falling asleep on my couch at 9:30 every night. I’m enjoying having work to do, but I have to admit that this job is a little frustrating. That’s why I’m putting up a brief PSA for all high schoolers.
1. Answer your phone.
• Seriously. I’m calling because you asked us to. You filled out one of those little cards requesting more information, and now, whether either of us likes it or not, I’ll be calling you for two weeks. You’ll save us both time and frustration if you just pick up the phone.
Also, please don’t hang up on me. It’s rude.
2. If you don’t want something, say no.
• If you want me to stop calling, just say no. For real, it’s that easy. All you have to say is, “No thanks, I’m not interested.” And I’ll hang up and never call you again! So please, don’t say, “Oh sure, I’d love to come in for a tour! Just let me check my schedule!” and then never pick up your phone again. I swear, you won’t hurt my feelings if you just say no.
3. Even if you can’t follow the first two, don’t resort to Twitter!
• I understand that some people really don’t like confrontation. Really, I get it. It’s not fun to let someone down — even a disembodied voice on the other end of the phone line. Or maybe you’re just afraid that I won’t let you say no. Either way, I’ve accepted that a certain number of students will simply lie and say that they’d love to come in for a tour. But please, for the love of God, do not then turn around and complain on Twitter that we won’t stop calling you! Of course we’re still calling you, you asked us to! Please, even if you’re going to be rude to people who just want you to think about your future, exercise some logic in the process!