Do you know the feeling when you’re heading on holiday to anywhere really and you’re all overjoyed and counting the days and just can’t stop smiling and feeling good? Well I felt almost the opposite the day before I started my internship at Seychelles Maritime Safety Administration (SMSA). It was more like starting secondary school all over again! Mixed emotions in terms of being really excited to start something new, making memories and meeting new people but at the same time being absolutely petrified because you don’t really know what to expect.
Before I continue, my name is Sophie Payette, a 16 year old from Mont Fleuri. It all started when my geography teacher who was telling us about the programme, encouraged us to apply for it, and as I love trying out new things I thought sure, why not? A few weeks later, I happily opened my acceptance email!
5:30 am and I was trying to remember why I had an alarm at this hour and then suddenly it hit me that I will be starting my internship today. I started getting cold feet and it was not just because of the cold and rainy weather. I kept thinking, “This is all new to me. I’ve never really been interested in maritime so what did I get myself into?” Well, well, who knew a plot twist was coming my way? ;)
My first day was quite interesting I would say! After an introduction from everyone at the office, (whom may I say are very friendly people!) my newly found intern buddy (Talia Dupont) and I had the chance to assist the oral examination, which would determine whether one would qualify for a licence to be a skipper. The exam was mainly conducted by the Director & Management Representative, Mr. Richard Ernesta and lasted throughout the day.
Stepping out of the very door I came through this morning feeling anxious, I felt full of knowledge gained from simply observing the exam! I learnt many things and I couldn’t wait to rant on about them to my parents when I got home!
I have a lot more in store for me and I am very much looking forward to every bit of it!
Until next time,