PROBLEMS. Pressure. Poise. Education is a privilege, and being an intern is a greater one. Imagine the four years of struggles waking up early and turning in late; meeting deadlines for our reports and do our assignments; include a demanding professor whom you need to meet every day, and of course the annoying final requirement that you need to comply before the final examination. Imagine doing that for four long years, and then appreciate the final challenge of your college years, the intern stage.
When you are an intern, problems are there to test you. They may be in any form: financial, emotional, physical and even academics. Of course, you need to report to the offices, make reports and do some homework. Even if how things become so difficult for you, still you need to be like “journalism”, report intelligently.
Aside from that, try to ask an intern if she/he doesn’t feel any pressure right now and I will surely say we are feeling the same way. It’s like a virus that travels along the veins of every intern. It’s a nerve-wracking plight that asks what lies ahead beyond the portals of the school? We can’t get any assurance yet, the future seems a bit vague. To compete in the job market is not an easy task. Imagine a flock of birds (there might be a hundred of them) battling for a single worm and that’s probably how it looks and feels like.
Nonetheless, in spite of those, an intern should still have poise and maintain the composure. We should always maintain professionalism at all times. We, in short, should always be decent and respectful, a model of upright behaviour and good representation of the fine diamonds we want to be, even if we are yet in the rough.
It’s never easy. This might be the last refinement process of preparing us for the real world. It’s painful, it’s difficult, but for sure it is all worth it. (Gretchen Aballe /University of Mindanao)
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