When I was handed my job contract as director of enrollment at a local high school, it should have come with a big, red WARNING stamped across each page.
The top ten warnings should have read:
1. Warning – You will no longer have only four children. You will gain at least 650 more.
2. Warning – You are not simply enrolling students into a school, you are admitting them into your life.
3. Warning – You will build relationships with said children, and with their parents, grandparents and siblings. They will entrust you with intimate details of their lives. Treat them with care.
4. Warning – When you leave the school campus, your job will not end.
5. Warning – Your private life may not be so private any more. You will see students at the grocery store, the mall, concerts, and even on vacation.
6. Warning – Because your son goes to this high school, you will have students entering your home from morning until evening. Some of them may set up semi-residence.
7. Warning – You will never sleep the same again. Students will infiltrate your dreams and wake you from worry-filled nightmares.
8. Warning – High school students will surprise you, disappoint you and exceed your expectations, often all in the same day.
9. Warning – When tragedy or disaster befalls one of these 650 students, your heart will break into a million tiny pieces.