I ALWAYS dreamed of exploring the world, go to new places, and meet new people. I want to travel and see the world myself. The hunger for new things and the thirst for voyage has always been part of me but I never had the will to do it.
For years, I always stayed at my comfort zone. I never let myself experience pain because I have a very low tolerance in pain or I am just too scared to get hurt. I want to keep things simple, as much as possible I don’t engage myself in complicated situations.
I always like staying in the middle where it is not painful and complicated. However, I am not happy here. This did not allow me to give my best in the things I do because I am afraid to fail. This fear has kept me from being the best version of myself. As I grew up, I realized that it is true that the wise man learns from other's mistakes but it takes a strong man to experience it and learn from it.
It took me a lot of courage to cross the line and be strong to face my fears. Choosing SunStar Davao, which is out of my comfort zone, for my internship is one of my ways to become a better version of myself.
I am not good at writing; it takes me hours to write a simple essay. SunStar is all about writing and I took this as a challenge.
It was not an easy experience but it was worth all the stress and the sleepless nights. For me, there is a lot of pressure in writing an article. It sometimes takes me four hours to write one. In addition, being assigned in a place where you have never been and talking to people, who speak a different language, was an unforgettable experience.
I could never forget my first assignment. I was assigned to go to the Bangkerohan Public Market to ask for the prices and vendors’ opinions on its changes. I got lost three times and I had to ask help from my friend to translate the vernacular statements of the vendors. It was indeed a memorable experience.
SunStar Davao played a big role in molding the writer in me. Choosing this as my internship is one of the best choices I have ever made. Their internship program for the students is a glimpse to the real world and I think that is a good training for us.
As I end my internship, I would like to thank SunStar Davao for being an instrument of learning and experience for students.
I know that this is just the start of my journey. There are more challenges I have to face but I know it is worth it when I cross the line.
Keep the fire burning, Vivo viva SunStar Davao! (Amanie R. Ya’cob, MSU-Marawi intern)