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6 Org Lessons That Will be Useful When You Start Your Internship

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It's no secret that the org life is an avenue for students to practice what they've learned and apply it in the working environment they will eventually be in after they graduate. At the same time, your experience in the org also gives you lessons that sometimes classes cannot provide. That's what makes college life so colorful and life-changing! So for those who are starting out in college or who are about to graduate, be sure to keep in mind these lessons.

  1. Communication, communication, communication.

You are bound to work with many people throughout your stay in the org, from upperclassmen to even professionals outside the university. How you relay information and express your ideas and opinions to other people is crucial to working effectively. Plus, it decreases the chances of you making rookie mistakes.

  1. It's okay to disagree on ideas.

Having different opinions on an important matter is actually a good thing, because it gives you more options and lets you make better decisions! That is also why it's perfectly fine to have disagreements, as long as your reasoning is valid and rational. Keep an open and understanding mind, and you'll surely bring out the best in your work.

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  1. A little wit or pun won't hurt.

There have already been studies about punny people being smart—it exercises your capacity to think outside of the box, which is what will make you shine and stand out from the rest. You will definitely need those skills when you have to promote your next org event, which can someday turn into your future ad campaign, so don't limit your puns to your Instagram captions.

  1. Be confident with your work.

Bosses—from your org to your future office—can easily tell if you are presenting something that you are not confident about. If you really did your best and you worked hard for it, no matter what the results are, you should be proud of your output! May it be plans or physical products, it shows your boss and your co-workers that you put effort into it and that you used your best ideas. Work it (literally)!

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  1. Recognize other people's work and skills!

Part of being a good team player is knowing your colleagues well, and that includes learning about their skills and capabilities. Having them in mind for a certain task means that you acknowledge them, and that they are just as important as you are in the org. When many people work on the same thing, it's not productive at all, so maximize your assets and let everyone shine!

  1. Respect other people's time (that includes rest!)

In order to have a mind brimming with amazing ideas, you've got to have a little break for yourself and everyone, too! Taking a breather could also be an opportunity for you to let the good ideas appear on their own. Remember, girls, the healthier the body and mind, the better the performance will be!

Have any tips about college life you want to share with us? Comment below!

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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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