I’ve made a meaningful contribution to my workplace by trying to help everyone in this office as much as I can. For example, every morning when I arrived to my site, I would go to my mentor and ask him if he needed anything. If he did, I would do whatever he needed me to do. If he didn’t, I would ask other workers inside the building if they needed help. Sometimes they did, and sometimes they didn’t. If my mentor and other workers didn’t need help, I would help my internship partner, Anakarimhe.
Every day, I asked my mentor if he needed help with anything at least 5 times a day. If he would give me something to work on, I would do it, and as soon as I finished it, I would go back to his office to let him know I was finished and if there was anything else I could do.
I remember on the second day of internship I was asked to create a google sheets and fill out people’s information for an event that was happening in a week. At first, it didn’t seem like a lot, but it took me the whole day to finish it. I remember feeling so horrible and embarrassed because it took me so long. I was worried that my mentor was going to think that I was slow, lazy, or many other bad things. For the next few days, all the other assignments my mentor gave me, I was able to finish them faster. Every time I would email him what I was working on, and asked him if he got it in his office, he would say, “Oh you’re done already? You’re so fast!” This made me feel more confident in myself because I knew that he wouldn’t think that I was a “bad” intern, and I also didn’t want to give a bad impression of what High Tech High students are like.
I really want to be remembered as the intern that would try to help everyone around. By trying to help everyone around, I got to know more people than I had imaged, and I got to understand more of how the whole recreation department is able to work so well.
When I left my placement today, I felt confident. I had done my best in doing as much work as possible in order to facilitate my mentor’s work for four weeks. I also felt a little nostalgic. I was glad I was able to experience this, but I was a little sad it was over so fast. The four weeks went by so fast, I wish I had more time to get to know everyone better.
On the third day of internship I was assigned to make a google sheet with information about people who turned in applications for the Fun Run. I had to write their name, last name, phone number, and email. At first, I thought this was going to be a very easy task that wouldn’t take me long to finish. As a joke, I told my internship partner, Anakarimhe that it would take me until the end of the day to finish it. Only that at 4:45 I still wasn’t done with it. I was so stressed out because it was taking me so long to finish, I felt like I wasn’t being productive enough. I didn’t want my mentor to think that I was a very slow person, or that I wasn’t working on it. I was scared of giving him a really bad impression of my work ethic.
I was very stressed and tired, but then I read one of the applicant’s name. She was named Conchita. I don’t mean to make fun of her name, but in the moment it was honestly so funny. I was surprised that someone was actually named like that. It is possible that she didn’t put her real name in, and put a made up name, or maybe it was her nickname. This made my day. As soon as I read it, I showed my friend. In that moment, we both burst out laughing. We laughed for a good five minutes. This helped relieve off my stress so much. It was one of those moments when you laugh so much, your stomach starts to hurt, and then you try to stop, but then you make eye contact with you friend, and the laughing intensifies. After this moment stopped, we both got back to work. We honestly looked so tired by the end of the day.
I know it sounds like a very plain and simple task. Just fill in the information and boom, you’re done. That’s what I thought, but it ended up taking me the whole day. Once I was done, I realized I had filled out the information for about four hundred people. At first, I thought it shouldn’t have taken me that long, but when I talked to Cynthia, the person I work really closely with, she explained to me that those kinds of things take very long to finish. She also told me how she has done that for many events in the past, and she doesn’t finish them until the next day. I was very relieved when she told me this because I then knew that my mentor, Shaun wasn’t going to think that I was a total fail.
My second week of internship has been very exhausting, and honestly uneventful. I’ve been doing the same things over and over again, which makes it kind of boring. One task that I was incharge of doing, was making flyers for different concerts. That was something new for me, and I honestly enjoyed doing so. I’ve been thinking of asking my mentor if I can work on making more for the upcoming concerts. The hardest part of being here this week was how repetitive my week has been. I’ve been working on making the online brochure, and I like doing it, but I don’t like working on it all day. On Tuesday, my mentor was gone for most of the day, so I didn’t really have anything to work on. In the morning I worked on updating and editing two sheets for the silent auction event, and then I was done. After that, my mentor was gone and came back an hour before I had to leave. For the whole day I worked on the online brochure which was honestly very tiring. My eyes were super tired from being on the computer all day. Of course I took a break/ lunch, but it still wasn’t enough. When I showed my mentor the brochure, he said it looked nice. Then I sent it to him through an email, and once I walked to his office to ask him if he got it, most of the fonts didn’t load on his computer. I think it’s because I used new fonts that his computer didn’t have. That was a bummer since I used really nice fonts, and now I have to change them into a basic one that will load on his computer.
One characteristic that I noticed right away was how flexible with time the people here are. For example, Lynnette, my friend’s mentor, is always going to different meetings, or going to other places to get stuff done. I think I would be able to be more flexible with time if I was able to drive. I would be able to go to meetings after 5pm, and therefore I would be able to get more hours in, and learn more things about recreation and cultural arts. I’ve never been good with getting a lot of stuff and going to a lot of places in one day. I like taking my time with the things I have to get don in order to make sure they’re done correctly. I would really like to be flexible with time in order to feel very productive. Since I’m not able to be going from place to place, I feel like I’m not helping my mentor as much as I want to.
When I first got to my internship site, I didn’t know what to do or what to expect. I was glad I wasn’t interning alone, my friend Anakarimhe got the same internship. We both got there and we couldn’t find the entrance. When we finally did, we were really nervous. We walked to the front desk and told a worker that we were interns with cultural arts and the recreation department. He signaled to a door and told us they would help us there. We rang the doorbell and Cinthya, the girl who had interviewed us opened the door. She walked us to a small office which belonged to Lynnette, Anakarimhe’s mentor. She then introduced us to everyone in the office. One thing that really surprised me was how nice everyone was. They would all welcome us with a big smile and a firm handshake. The first day we also met the mayor of Chula Vista, and we got invited to go to a TEDx Talk. After meeting the mayor and one of the guys that is going to be talking at the TEDx Talk, we went back to our little office. Lynnette then introduced me to my mentor, Shaun Ellis. The first thing I noticed about him was that he’s very tall! The rest of the day was pretty chill, we got to help Lynnette and Cinthya organize some papers and powerpoints for an event that was happening that night. Anakarimhe and I were working at out desk when Tracy, a man that we had been introduced to walked up to us. He started telling us about how he’s new too, how he started working here two weeks ago. He then left and came back with a small chocolate that he got from his trip to Switzerland.
The second day was rough. I was assigned to do a spreadsheet for an event that’s coming up, Fun Run. I was supposed to plug in the person’s first and last name, email, phone number, and many more things. I didn’t think it was going to take me the whole day, but it did. I’ll admit it, I did procrastinate a bit, but it still took me very long to finish. On the second day, I also got my internship project assigned. My project is going to be to make a brochure about Chula Vista. I don’t have to add all the information to it, but I need to make a template. It won’t be on paper, but it’ll be online which I think is pretty cool. I am kind of nervous to start it since I don’t know where to make it. I think I’m just going to make it on Canva since I’m already a bit familiar with it. I would push myself to do it on photoshop, but I don’t have a lot of time to learn how to use it properly. If I finish the template on time I’ll be able to add all the information on it, but for now, I need to make the template first. So far, internship has been really fun, and I’ve learned many things.