Y-Speak: Being a grateful intern

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

THE clicking of keyboards taught me to value time more, make the most out of it; writers constantly monitoring one another made me realize I am not perfect, be open for others criticism; and writers checking articles repeatedly reminded me that information should be accurate and properly arranged all the time.

Waking up every day, feeling excited, knowing that we will be facing another set of learning as media babies. I don’t really mind whether how many gatherings to attend or how many people to interview since I love the kind work we have here at Sun.Star Davao. I have been waiting for this moment in which I could practice my chosen profession. Now, here it is! I will never waste this chance.

We spent three days for our first week to start our duty with the Sun.Star media practitioners, but three days seem like several weeks already. At a very short span of time, we were exposed to many different forums, conferences, and prominent people. We even got the chance to be invited by a retired judge to spend lunch with him, which I consider as a once in a lifetime experience.

Prior to entering Sun.Star, I was a bit doubtful if I could become an effective intern for their company. I am not that confident about writing news stories for everyone to read. I have fears; full of “what if’s”. However, no one should stop me in pursuing what I always love to do. At the end of day, there will be certain professionals ready to lend a helping hand in times of difficulties. I appreciate the constant monitor they are giving to our performances. It is as if our future is also important to them.

SunStar-Davao Editor-in-Chief Ma’am Stella A. Estremera told us to enjoy every single moment of our internship weeks and of course, learn; with her words softly spoken, I was able to release the tension I have. Yes! She was not as strict as I have expected. After which she handed us into Mr. RJ Lumawag, a field reporter of Sun.Star.

Mr. Lumawag, however, looked a little bit uncomfortable; maybe he was still learning to adjust to his new trainees. As one of the youngest field reporter, he showed so much brilliance. He has an overflowing passion, and I want to acquire that kind of passion in time.

The mood inside the office was very light. We were met with smiles as if telling us welcome to your new home. Everyone showed unwavering humility. We have witnessed that attribute from the Editor-in-Chief down to the writers and staff and I believe it was genuine. They do not want to be called as Ma’am or Sir. Kuya or Ate will do as they have insisted. They were actually creating the working atmosphere very conducive for us.

Three days, that was a good start! I still have a long way to go. Truly learning is a never-ending process and learning is not just achieved in the four walls of the classroom.

Rest assured, I am again in good hands. No words could describe how grateful I am for these opportunities I enjoy right now. I hope more doors for better opportunities would open for me. I swear I’ll never get tired of learning!


Martin is a student of the University of the Immaculate Conception.

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