출석의 뜻밖의 어려움 (Unexpected Difficulties of Taking Attendance)

Moving into the fourth week of my internship, the office started to become a lot busier. We had two events planned at the end of the week and started preparing for them. The first event was the “발대식” (welcoming ceremony) for the volunteers. As a part of the public relations team, I helped with the interview process the week before. This interview process required some pre-planning and setting up. First our team arrived at the Media Center located in Centum City a couple hours in advance and we went around the building hanging posters around the center to make sure the interviewees knew where to go. I was placed in charge of staying in the waiting room and giving out the nametags when the interviewees arrived. Additionally, as the interviewees returned after completing their interviews, I took back the nametags and gave out a souvenir fan that had the festival logo on it. I found this to be an interesting experience as I have never proctored a test or looked over an interview process and this experience was a test of how quiet one could stay for an extended amount of time. I also realized that sitting around and not doing anything while waiting for interviewees to come sounds like an easy job, but in reality it is quite tiring. After completing the interview process, we took down the posters and signs, and went home.

Now in the fourth week, I had the opportunity to meet some of the interviewees again at the welcoming ceremony. This ceremony took place at Busan City Hall on a very hot and humid day. Despite the weather, the building did not offer central air conditioning and we had to wait for a couple hours before the auditorium AC was turned on. Arriving a few hours earlier than the ceremony, my team put up posters and we helped assemble gift bags for the attending news reporters and comedians as well as souvenir pouches for all of the accepted volunteers. These bags consisted of a travel toothbrush set, a hat with the organization logo, and a pen also with the logo. Then at 2 PM, my team members and I set up at the tables outside the venue and took attendance. As the first few volunteers trickled in, I found taking attendance a bit tricky as I had to ask for the person’s team, their name, and then find their name among a long list of names. After which I had to check them off, find their t-shirt size, and call the other volunteers to get the correct size t-shirts for them. As I settled into this role, I soon found it to be a lot easier to find names on the list and became more confident in my quick reading and speaking skills. During this time, I met the head director of the organization and was able to exchange quick greetings with him! After finishing taking attendance, I hurried into the ceremony where I was asked to take pictures. This tiring day was finally wrapped up and I was able to head home.

Welcoming Ceremony

Throughout my career as a student in both high school and college, I have been to many interviews which definitely stressed me out. However, through this experience I was able to see that as simple as an interview or test proctoring might seem to the interviewee, the preparation that goes on just for a seemingly simple event is a lot more than I expected. Through this experience, I was able to overcome the challenge of being expected to do tabling work in a foreign language under time pressure, and I feel that I have become a lot more confident in front of my colleagues.

Group Picture

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