東海大學 政治系 蘇同學
Looking back at the interview stage, there was always a lot of anxiety and doubts in my heart. I almost gave up this opportunity to join the internship. But if I don’t try it, how to know my limits are. I maintained this spirit and pass through all tasks. Finally, I came to Italy. However, the five-month challenge in Italy has not stopped. Every day was a new challenge in my life.
Facing unfamiliar European territories, everything started over. Learning to adapt to the vendors which was not as ubiquitous as Taiwan, convenient transportation systems and unlimited data, and all unaccustomed and inconvenient; Learning to imitate and integrate into local living style and cultural customs, such as the habit of buying a bus ticket from Tabacchi, stamping your train ticket before going on the train, and going to the supermarket every day. Although most of the life in Italy is not convenient, I know how to made my step slow down, pay more attention in the present, and experience the “beauty of the waiting” from Italian. In addition, compared with Taiwan, the most admirable thing in Italy is that there is always a process of "free evaluation of evidence through inner conviction " in life. It is like when you buy fruits and vegetables in the supermarket. You need to put fruits and vegetables on the scale machine, the machine will print the price tag out, and then put the label on the plastic bag. When you check out, the cashier will scan the price tag you posted to calculate the money; or you will rarely see passengers pass through the speed gate. Most of the train stations are the open type. Passengers only need to buy tickets before taking the train and go to the stamp machine to validate your ticket. A process like this not only shows respect and trust to people but also shows a highly civilized society.
My company is Eurochocolate, which is famous for chocolate festival. It mainly provides a chocolate platform to promote chocolate products from all over the world and organizes academic exchanges in the cocoa. It also calls for fair trade in the world of cocoa. It is a lively celebration of cultural, interesting, artistic and academic.
Although I have done dozens of campus activities during my four years of college life, it is totally different from this international standard. Through this internship, I have experienced a professional process, from the beginning of the idea to use strategies to achieve the purpose, and then through the schedule to facilitate the activities, and write a plan to let the manufacturers understand, in addition to understand how to seek resources and how to effectively and intelligently promote the event. During the internship period, I also recorded the European Chocolate Festival by managing a blog. At the same time, I submitted an e-newsletter "For The Greater Good" to attract more people to come to know this festival.
In addition to the challenges of life and the workplace in the past five months, I had also planned a lot of tourism. Whether traveling in Italy or in other European countries, every trip could make me know more about the world, became stronger and deal with things more mature and stable. I am very grateful to the TIP project for my cultivation. I am also grateful to my parents for supporting me in this project. Whether it is the experience of the workplace or the experience of life, these are the experiences I have never had before in college. It made me know how to put what I have learned in practice, and how to contribute my skills to the company and show my own strength and value. To be honest, I really enjoyed all the frustrations and challenges that have happened in these five months. I could break through my inner fears and solve problems all the time. For me, this process could always force me to grow up. Maybe after ten years, looking back at these experiences, I might feel that it is not fascinating at all, but I will never forget the footprints that this youth led me and the lessons which taught me and made me mature.