So Far with Bambike

This summer, we asked our CAMP summer interns to share their experiences on our blog. Here’s Linet Dumag’s first post:

Joining an internship was not originally part of my summer plan. However, when I saw CAMP’s offer on Facebook, I asked myself, “Why not?” And here I am.

At my first day I was welcomed with open arms and treated some lunch. (I love that part!) They have given me easy assignments such as research for the tour script, scanning and cutting papers, as well as given me the opportunity to attend meetings with government officials. The talks were interesting and it was so cool because I am here with them and I’m only 14 years old! I have been working in Intramuros, as well as Tarlac and Makati, and I’ve been able to meet different kinds of people. My co-workers and boss are all hard working and fun to be with. A bonus is that I get to bike around Intramuros. (I have not biked for a while.)

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On April 27, it was Pasyal Sunday. It is an event where in the whole street was closed and cars are not allowed to pass. Shops and stores open up on the street. That was the day when our store officially opened. It was really hectic setting up this corner and that, fixing the small and little things to make everything in order.  It was tiring and fun. People kept coming in and out interested of our products; Bambikes and drinks. I helped selling and interacting with the guests and customers. I felt some sort of fulfillment when I saw them interested and pleased in the work I’ve contributed.

Then a friend of my boss who is a cartoonist interviewed him. She asked him what advice he will give to other aspiring entrepreneurs. He said that you should have passion in what you are doing. Without it, it is kind of meaningless and you wouldn’t be happy because you don’t love what you are doing.

This answer of his struck me. Of course it is not just for aspiring entrepreneurs but for all aspects of life. Passion is such a strong, meaningful word.

As part of the so-called “hope of the future” generation I must do my own role to play.  And my role right now is to learn and be passionate about not just academics but life. So I hope to be able to learn from victories and failures, from decisions and mistakes and from experiences and trials. I want to be discovering new and incredible things in potentially unexpected ways. Then will I be able to use these lessons and turn them into actions that will make a difference to the world in one way or another. 

Linet Dumag is a student at Assumption Antipolo.

The CAMP summer internship program is designed to provide high school students with professional work experience before attending university. Read more about the program here.