Day 24: Trish’s Last Day

Posted: August 9, 2013 in OJT Days: the Adventures of a Journalist-in-Training


May 17th, a Friday, was my co-intern Trish’s last day of internship. That day started out as any other. We went to the Makati Central Police HQ to ask for updates, but Chief Lukban was busy and Sir Garduque was nowhere to be found. When we went down to the complaint desk, there were a lot of people lined up so we can’t take a look at the blotters. The only option we had, since we had no access to our basic sources, was to monitor the news. Sir Mike told us to stand by and monitor any activity in Makati and Taguig. And so we did. Trish and I went our usual stop: the Coffeebean near People’s Support and turn on the AM radio and opened the Twitter accounts of various news organizations in multiple tabs. There was no significant activity whatsoever.

Weird. It’s like a free day. Since we were practically doing nothing, we spent the time conversing about our OJT journey, how time flew so fast. It seems like yesterday it was our first day, and now it’s our last. Well, hers anyway. My last day won’t be until the 21st. Anyway, looking back, it was a great journey so far. Other than the experiences of being in the field, meeting new people and going to different places, it’s nice that I made a new friend. It’s really one of the best things about the internship.

Anyway, since there was nothing that big to report, we thought we were going to be stuck in Coffeebean till the end of the day. Not that we mind. I personally like hanging out there. But the day was far from over. If I remember correctly, we received a text from Sir Mike around 2 or 3 in the afternoon, telling us to meet him at the MMDA press office. He said he will sign Trish’s evaluation there.

One funny thing though. Trish forgot to bring her evaluation form, so Sir ended up wrapping things up with her time card. She’ll have her evaluation signed on my last day. Cool. While we’re there in the press office, we computed our total hours and settled all stuff related to that. Sir Mike was kind enough to let me take a couple of hours off of tomorrow, even though it’s a Saturday. I’ll be helping him monitor news and call some sources for details if needed.

After getting everything settled, food, drinks and a karaoke machine arrived in the office. It seems like there was going to be a celebration. As it turns out, it’s the MMDA PIO head Ms. Candy de Jesus’ birthday on the 19th, and is having an advance celebration with the public information officers and reporters. And that includes us interns too. Cool. Trish’s last day includes free food and drinks. Lucky her. Haha. It was fun, really—having to see reporters sing their hearts out and dance around with the PIOs. Work is work, but when it comes to times like these, everyone just has fun. I can’t wait to experience such friendship and such bond in the field. I guess it’s another thing to look forward to.

  1. Trish says:

    I haven’t really updated my WordPress blog, but I signed in to comment lang. Natouch naman ako sa “Other than the experiences of being in the field, meeting new people and going to different places, it’s nice that I made a new friend. It’s really one of the best things about the internship.” I’m so glad we met! 🙂

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