Rapidly, I became the "go-to person" once residents felt at ease with the 20 something year old at the time. While in my leasing position, I found myself gradually falling into the social worker's role, the care taker, a teacher, and even a preacher. People had many needs and were looking for a little solace in someone who cared. I also had to set boundaries as well so that I and the company wouldn't be taken advantage of. In time, I would become a community manager, who not only took on various roles that were outside of the job description, but also became a bridge over troubled waters between corporate and disgruntled residents who were still mad at the last guy.
Despite the many challenges I faced as a community manager from needed building repairs on a limited budget to learning how to get around my new city, I was able to do the best I could in my roles. Of course, life throws you a curve ball sooner or later and so I had my share of personal issues that caused me to re-evaluate some things, but the ride was good while it lasted. One day I plan to return to the industry, but in the meantime, I continue to provide advice and helpful resources to my online audience and those aspiring to be in the profession or are already working.
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