A typical day at work begins at 7:30 and ends around 5pm at the very earliest. You have tons of school-wide and department-wide deadlines along with the heavy load of paperwork received on a daily basis. I learned how to discern what work was priority and how to best use students to help out with grading. Without this, it would be nearly impossible to get anything done.
Management was disorganized and it was apparent they also had a lot on their plates, but nobody really holding them accountable.
You're expected to manage students that are very challenging to manage, especially when the school as a whole isn't consistently meeting expectations.
Co-workers got along well and even had a family feel to staff, but mostly they all joined in solidarity over the immense workload and constant fatigue.
The most enjoyable part of the job was the student body. Although rambunctious, their carefree spirit and willingness to enjoy their time at school is often contagious.