Sue Buzzard is a violinist from the east coast currently interning with The Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, CA through the Office of Experiential Learning *
So far, I’m still alive.
Personally, I thrive in pressure situations. At least, that’s what I hope to prove this week.
I think that as an intern, you don’t realize what responsibilities you hold until they’re staring you in the face. Like my responsibility with credentials, and how it creates the responsibility of leading a team – the team of volunteers who I train to distribute the credentials correctly.
Today, I was working on a long-term project for Bill (creating the binders of information for each stage – each band’s backline and schedule for the whole weekend) and I had to teach several people how to do basic jobs so that I could leave them to their own devices while working in another location. I had help on credentials in the morning from Karin, a long-term volunteer (longer term than me, at least), and man was I grateful to have her. She knew a lot more about predicting things based on past festivals, so her common sense was invaluable. She was much more calm, cool and collected when faced with some questions than I was, so that helped.