Here is my exit blog I have written in 2013 for my internship at Rappler.
Time flies so fast. I may not be a Journalist or even close to this profession but I still live by the things I’ve learned from my Summer Internship.
Let me share this with you for now:
“Wow, Rappler?! Ibang level ka na talaga ha.” (Rappler? You’ve outdone yourself!) I get that a lot whenever I mention my internship.
Upon hearing the word Rappler, I get a surprised look—similar to my own reaction when I first learned that I got accepted.
Best April fools
The word “Congratulations!” written in bold letters greeted me in the afternoon of April 1. I wasn’t so sure if the email I received from Rappler was legit or just some sort of April fool’s day prank. I shrugged the idea off after I recovered from shock. Before I knew it, I was already jumping around my little apartment shouting the words, “I got in!”
That’s when the real story began.
Days before my internship started, I managed to read a few blog entries written by previous Rappler interns. As I read their stories, I got really excited. Even if I just experienced half of what they went through, that would make me happy.
What I didn’t know was that Rappler had a lot more to offer this time.
Since the 2013 election was weeks away, I knew I was lucky to do my internship at this moment in time.
The events that followed my first day on the job whizzed by. Just a day after we were oriented, we were thrown into the middle of Rappler’s Senatorial Debate. I helped control hundreds of ecstatic audience members assembled at the Quezon Memorial Circle.
I was also sent out to the field to cover events, conduct interviews, and write articles. I was even asked to research data on local politics for weeks.
Rappler forced me to step out of my comfort zone and experience real-life situations.
Ups and downs
For many of us, if not all of us, Rappler’s election coverage was indeed the highlight of our internship.
When I first entered Rappler’s war room, I was overwhelmed with two emotions. One was happiness and the other one was fear. I felt happy and honored to be working with the best people in this field. I felt like I was also a professional journalist like them. However, I knew the work ahead wouldn’t be easy. I doubted myself if I could really perform my duties well or at least keep my head above the water.
I know we can’t always make things go our way. My experience was not the smooth sailing I had hoped for; nonetheless, I was thankful I got to be a part of this event.
Instead of feeling discouraged by the mishaps, it served as a challenge for me to become better and to make up for my shortcomings. I became more focused with my work. I was able to push myself beyond my limits.
As a result of my hard work, and thanks to my supervisors, two of my articles were published which made me the happiest person in the war room that night.
At Rappler, I never felt that I was less important just because I was an intern. They made me feel needed and my outputs were equally valued.
This internship tested the strength of my character while under pressure. I discovered that I had greater potential than I thought existed. More importantly, it made me a more mature and responsible student, which I will take with me when I go back to school this June.
Rappler did not only help in honing my skills in writing, it also helped in molding my character.
As I leave, I know I will miss everything about Rappler—working alongside Maria Ressa, the Rappler staff (especially the MovePH team), and my co-interns who made my stay more colorful, including the elevator rides and long bus trips I had to endure every day.
I can’t believe my time with Rappler is over. Those 222 hours I spent with Rappler were the best.
A better self
Definitely, I would want to be a better journalist someday. With all the things I’ve learned in school and in Rappler combined, I have no doubt I can reach my dreams.
I stepped inside the Rappler office a month ago empty-handed, with determination as my only weapon; but, along the way, I’ve picked up a lot of life-long values and lessons that I now carry with me.
As I write this exit blog, I am confident to tell the world that, through Rappler, I am more equipped to face the battles ahead. Without fear, I will start that ripple of change. – Rappler.com
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I hope you like it!