I can’t believe it has actually comes to an end, the journey I started and now I have reached my destination. A very fruitful journey where I have learnt new things and useful experiences. But as I knew it was my last day I walked down the corridor feeling sad because I have come so far, and I said to myself, goodbye corridor, the same one that I walked in, at first nervous and now I walk in with a pride that I fueled by the fact that I worked for one of Seychelles important sector.
My last day was full of surprises, I got into the office and turned on my computer I started working on my final task and I realized that I had a site visit with Denis. He had planned to take me with him to different houses to see on a project they are currently working on. We left the Office at around 10.00am to go to the houses. He went to get the car and as I stood there waiting for him to pick me up, I stared at the office and thinking to myself that I didn’t know what was up there once and now I worked there even if it was for two weeks.
Denis came and I got into the car to start our journey which was in the north. Denis explained to me how the project works and I quickly caught on his every word the project was to see how different household appliances use electricity and also to help them better regulate electricity. Sounds exciting right? It was, as we got there we greet the owner and she invited us inside.
Denis explained what the meters that are connected to these different appliances and how they work, it was a lot of technical things involved and I wanted to know more but we had to do what we came for. We first have to locate where these meters are placed and to check if they are in the right place. We had to make sure everything is working well. It took us a couple of minutes to solve some problems, but Denis quickly resolved it. The main aim of these visits is to collect data from each meters to see if the meters working and how much energy it has consumed during the one month the project has been implemented and it is supposed to last for one year. These projects started last year and will end in December, this year. We returned to the office and went for lunch. When I came back, I was informed that we have two more visits. This time one at Ile Perseverance and one at North East point.
We went to the first house for the afternoon at Ile Perseverance, unfortunately, the owner wasn’t at home, so we proceeded to our next destination which is at North East Point. Of course I had no idea where the house is and since Denis was the one doing the project, I thought he knew, but this was not the case. Actually, I don’t blame him since 50 houses participated in the project and he has to take care of and there are approximately 500 meters. We asked for directions and with the help of the owner who gave us the exact direction on the phone, we finally reached the house. We greeted the owner and she invited us inside. Denis located the meters and we quickly check if everything was working perfectly. Again, we encountered another challenge, all the meters were working apart for the one placed for the lights and it seems that the household have removed one meter and have used the socket and placed it back afterward and that is not advisable as it causes technical issues. We finished our work and headed back to the office.
When we arrived it was around 4 pm and it was time for me to leave, I went to collect my things and said my goodbyes and as I made my way towards the door Ms. Christine called me and handed me a goodbye gift, I smiled more than I should have and I felt sad because I already got use to my new working life and to my new coworkers, they became friends and we all know how much losing friends feel like. I handed in my keycard and turned to the door and walked out. Walking out into the corridors that I now walk head high and proud to have spent my weeks working there.
The internship has indeed brought me to a higher level and I have acquired new knowledge and skills. I’m so blessed and thankful for having had this opportunity. I had an amazing and exciting journey and now I have a new task and that is to educate my peers on Energy Efficiency and to tell them about an amazing place called Seychelles Energy Commission (SEC) and how they are working towards a better Seychelles. And also to take this time to say SEC alone has a vision but if we work together it will be our mission too, so what do you say?
End of my journey.