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.