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19 Things You'll Only Understand If You've Worked As A Student Caller

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1. Even though your job literally involves talking on the phone, you're somehow always nervous to pick up the phone and make that first call.

2. And when you first started, you clung to that call script like it was your own child.

"How am I supposed to make a call if I don't know what to say?"

3. The sound of ringing becomes both your friend and foe.

It prolongs the time before you have to speak to anyone, while simultaneously reminding you that someone could pick up at any moment.
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It prolongs the time before you have to speak to anyone, while simultaneously reminding you that someone could pick up at any moment.

4. You're so used to being hung up on that it doesn't even phase you any more.

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5. The office is always considerably grey and a little bit miserable-looking.

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6. But your supervisors are always there to keep morale high.

Even if the rest of the office isn't feeling it.
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Even if the rest of the office isn't feeling it.

7. Going to the toilet is suddenly an incredibly entertaining and appealing activity.

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It's a convenient "get out of a jail free" card when you need a break from calling.

8. And the word "rapport" is something that only becomes relevant to your life when you become a caller.

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9. The best thing about getting a donation is knowing it takes the pressure off of you to get another one for at least twenty minutes.

Oh, and the fact you get to write your name on the board.

10. And you occasionally spend way longer than you need to writing your "thank you" card just to avoid going back to calling.

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And to bask in your success for a little longer.

11. You're familiar with that feeling of fear when you see a name you KNOW you can't pronounce.

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Which will usually set the conversation off to an awkward start.

12. And every so often you find yourself in the awkward position of brazenly asking someone for money when they JUST spent ten minutes telling you about their student loans.

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13. When it comes to reaching your mandatory amount of calls, there are some days where you can't be bothered.

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"I'll just call the person I know won't answer."

14. But the copious amounts of tea and snacks are a great perk of the job.

As well as the little games you play to keep everyone ~inspired~.

15. Calling actually makes you an excellent multitasker.

You learn how to call, do homework, AND piss about with your friends, all at the same time.

16. But when times are hard and you've been shouted at four times in a day, you start to question why you're actually doing this to yourself.

"I'M NOT EVEN GOOD AT THIS."
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"I'M NOT EVEN GOOD AT THIS."

17. Some alumni can be pretty mean.

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OK, that's a bit of an understatement.

18. But others can be super nice and give great advice.

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19. And besides the money, the best thing about student calling is the new friends you make along the way.