well, we are in the middle of migrating from the old to a new system. Your request was done for the old system, provided with a permalink. The permalink you send was almost at the highest zoomlevel. An enormous are to start with. With that, it's very hard for your coach to keep an eye on you.
Now new editors select 1 center tile of the map in the new system. The area management team try to assign an area surrounding that tile. sometimes it could be it will happen another area is selected first. If an area is almost done it's not usefull to add another AM to that area.
Only things new AM's are doing then, is adding parking lots and pedistrian boardwalks
To get more experience you need an area where you can do lots of editing. Your area can grow pretty fast, depending on yourself...
The area that is assigned to you was just a little offcenter of the permalink you posted in the form. In the area where you live, you will have rights because of your recent drives. At the moment there isn't much difference for you in that area.
You can always discuss with your coach if you want to move the area to somewhere else....
Much pleasure with editing!