There I am case in one hand, business plan in the other walking into what felt like a black hole of no return but in fact turned out to be a very brightly lit and surprisingly genuine Apprentice reception area. As I turned round after handing the receptionist my business plan, 4 pairs of sharp eyes which turned out to belong to Sarah Lynn, Anisa, Andrew and Jeff followed me to my seat. I must admit before the actual first day of the process, I was feeling almost numb to the idea. It never quite sunk in what I had got myself in for until that very moment of feeling like I had jumped through the TV and was living the dream of something I had watched through glass.
I always wondered what people thought about in those tense moments of waiting in silence before the boardroom. Was it strategy? were people looking around the room thinking who they are going to eliminate from the competition first? or were they simply replaying their infamous soundbites from their audition tapes to psych themselves up? Although I'm sure any camera close ups at this point would have shown my sometimes misleading 'resting bitch face' failing me yet again, there was nothing but a sense of joy and a genuine burst of pride. Occasionally distracted by Anisa's rumbling stomach which myself and James found very amusing, my main thought was of my family both UK and Gambia. I thought about how proud I was to be blessed to represent not only them, but so many people from my type of background. Here I was sat in a seat that thousands had bid for in applications now with a one in eighteen chance of being THE Apprentice of 2017.
The time came for us to enter the boardroom where Lord Sugar, Karren and Claude were already seated. Immaculate, very brightly lit and stern - they actually looked like wax figures. I had one of the best seats in the house directly opposite Karren Brady. My first initial thoughts were 1. Wow - you look like a doll and 2. Please God I want to be like you when I grow up! (Lol).
"Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen" he said. "Good afternoon Lord Sugar" we all replied for the very first time.
And so, the adventure begins...
By: Joanna Jarjue