By Nop Monineath
August 16th, 2017, 11:29AM “Dear Monineath. Congratulations! You have been selected to join UNICEF Cambodia’s 2017 local Voices of Youth blogging internship programme.” I woke up to the notification sound of this email. In a state of confusion and sleepiness, I was unsure whether it was a lucid dream, or maybe even a scam mail.
I still remember the first-week assignment when I stared at the blank word document on my laptop for 30 minutes straight. I was like, how do I start this assignment? Where to find the picture?
As the deadline was about to come in few hours, I gave it a go. #YOLO.
Time does fly faster than a jet — this is already my last assignment just in the blink of an eye.
So what have I learned from these 10 weeks? A lot. Various lessons were taught. From important elements of blog writing to photography technique. I have learned how to construct a good writing piece with the help of the VOY team. I have come to learn a lot about Creative Commons licensing, which I honestly had no idea that it existed in the first place.
Every lesson I obtained, and each trial and error process that I went through in this internship, has been a great help for me. it has helped me to create better pieces of writing and shaped my cyberspace experience. Comparing to the old blog posts of mine– disorganized structure, many copyrighted materials used without permission, no backup evidence given–I totally feel the improvement.
This 10-week-long internship programme was a surreal experience. Writing a blog post is not a new thing for me, but this internship totally changed my view. Blogging is more than just simply typing a piece of writing on social media. It is a useful means for an individual to share their ideas for a good cause to a larger audience. Writing these blogs also broadened my perspective on a number of social issues which I did not really have the guts to touch on before.
This programme also opened a door for me to meet many amazing people, such as fellow interns, Kounila, Sarah, and Pich.
This internship programme is like a wild roller coaster ride. The feeling when the ride reaches the peak was when I was able to finally submit a piece of writing. But once the ride suddenly drops down, it was when I was notified of the incoming red suggestions. To people who has endured correcting my writing, thank you so much. You deserve an ice-cream!
Sometimes reading all the interns’ incredible writings while I occasionally stuck with a writer’s block and my work was filled with red editing kind of put me on the verge of giving up. But this obstacle teaches me one thing–comparing yourself to others brings nothing but a discontent; rather comparing yourself to yourself, which will bring improvement. We did not join VOY to be competitors, but a co-youth who had the same goal in mind — better the world through writing.
A big thank you to Voices of Youths Cambodia for giving me the mic that amplified my voice loud enough to be heard. It is a great opportunity for me to discover my inner voice and put it in writing.
Thank you, UNICEF. Kudos to the fellow interns. I did it. We did it. Congratulations once again, Class of 2017.
Views expressed here are those of the author’s and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of UNICEF.