It’s not often that I am completely caught off guard, but this definitely took me by surprise. It was a normal Thursday, a little chilly compared to the rest of the week, but still good bubble weather. I stopped at Target on my way in (as I do about once a week) since my friend Bella was in dire need of caffeine, and since I needed snacks for my drawer it was no hardship. I got my desk in order and promptly dove into the large stack of financial aid applications. In retrospect there were a few things that should have tipped me off that something was not right.
I suppose I need to provide a little bit of background information. I worked for a non-profit organization that works in conjunction with other organizations to strengthen and build communities. Every employee and volunteer needs to pass a criminal background check since our organization works with children and potentially sensitive information. My last few weeks have been occupied by processing mounds of financial aid application, and hundreds of product request forms. I had been sending out emails by the hundreds, asking for additional information in order to process the applications, and I began getting responses in the beginning of June.