I'm a student at Red River College taking DMT (Digital Multimedia Technology). For the summer months I worked for the ELCIC national office assisting with their website.
The LWF Assembly was an exciting event to attend. Before the big event, I was asked to help with the task of unpacking, setting up, and networking all the computers that would be used during the Assembly.
I had the knowledge to complete these tasks but had never actually applied these skills to the real deal. While working with the computers I found myself often thinking "Wow! I'm actually using the skills I had only read about in my text book."
Once the Assembly had officially begun, I was asked if I would be interested in operating a video camera that would film the Plenary Sessions. Coincidently audio/video is my favorite class in DMT so I was very excited to begin. The remainder of the Assembly I spent working with the Production Team. They were a friendly group that consisted of staff from Chicago to Finland. Friendships were made and lessons were learned. I received so much advice and praise. It was a wonderful opportunity to experience first hand what my field of work is like in the real world.
The Assembly was mainly an educational experience for myself but I noticed that it was also a union of the world. The people I met and the cultures I experienced made each day more interesting than the last. As the Assembly was nearing its end, it was hard to say good-bye to the friendly faces of the staff and volunteers of whom I worked closely with. When the Assembly finished, my final task was to help pack up those 60 plus computers back in their boxes.
As a student, I benefited greatly from this event. The main benefit was the amount of hands on work I performed. I wasn't just listening to my instructor explain how to do it anymore. This time I was actually doing it. I'd like to thank Ross Sundmark for encouraging me to contact the ELCIC. I was unsure at first but I thought you never know unless you try—and I'm certainly glad I did.
-- Sarah Sabatini