“This is not a good idea.”
I was totally unhappy when I found out that we’re set for an internship in the 2nd semester of our NSTP class. Honestly, I like our 1st sem NSTP meetings – sitting in the auditorium and listening to remarkable speakers tell their stories on various topics. Now, we have to go outside UP and do what NSTP is all about. My group will be spending the rest of our 2nd sem Mondays with Freedom from Debt Coalition.
We left UP an hour and thirty minutes before two in the afternoon to make sure we’ll get to FDC on time. On our first day of internship, Sir Marc and Sir Sammy discussed what the Freedom from Debt Coalition is all about (history, what it does, other works, etc.). They also told us what our role will be for the rest of the semester. Our group was assigned to the monitoring team for Yolanda-related stuffs such as donations, FAiTH, current news, and programs. We were given our first task; mine (and my partner’s) was a paper on Yolanda-related issues due next meeting. At first, I thought it was too much for a first day but I actually learned a lot while doing the research. I thought I already knew a lot about Yolanda, but I was wrong. We had discussions about our paper and we were asked about our insights on what we’ve read (and learned). I never had the confidence of speaking my thoughts, but I was surprised I was able to discuss what my paper’s all about. We also had one meeting outside FDC, we were able to witness a rally (by FDC) outside the Asian Development Bank. Again, this is something new to me. It was tiring but a knowledgeable experience. I got to interview some of the people in the rally and some officers of ADB.
So far, I’ve already learned a lot of things but I know a lot more is set for me to see and to experience. (I’m taking it back, “This is a brilliant idea!”)
-Katreena Mae T. Villanueva 2012-30409