New Intern at IMS

Dear​ ​readers, 
 
Hello,​ ​my​ ​name​ ​is​ ​Reina​ ​and​ ​I​ ​am​ ​currently​ ​an​ ​intern​ ​at​ ​IMS.​ ​It’s​ ​been​ ​roughly​ ​a​ ​month working​ ​here;​ ​supporting​ ​the​ ​team​ ​through​ ​translating​ ​documents,​ ​and​ ​on​ ​the​ ​most​ ​honest​ ​note​ ​I have​ ​already​ ​learnt​ ​so​ ​much​ ​more​ ​than​ ​what​ ​I​ ​initially​ ​expected​ ​coming​ ​in.​ ​​ ​It​ ​is​ ​due​ ​to​ ​the exemplary​ ​reviews​ ​by​ ​former​ ​intern​ ​at​ ​IMS​ ​and​ ​dear​ ​friend​ ​Stiven​ ​Vargas,​ ​that​ ​I​ ​learnt​ ​about​ ​this firm.​ ​​ ​I​ ​am​ ​a​ ​third​ ​year​ ​student​ ​at​ ​Temple​ ​University​ ​Japan​ ​(TUJ),​ ​double-majoring​ ​in​ ​International Relations​ ​and​ ​Economics,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​a​ ​certificate​ ​in​ ​Political​ ​Economy.​ As the International Relations​ ​program​ ​at​ ​TUJ​ ​often focuses​ ​on​ ​the​ ​macro-level​ ​of​ ​politics​ ​between​ ​states,​ ​working​ ​at an​ ​immigration​ ​firm,​ ​such​ ​as​ ​IMS,​ ​allows​ ​me​ ​to​ ​be​ ​exposed​ ​to​ ​the​ ​micro-interactions​ ​between states​ ​such​ ​as​ ​transnational​ ​movements​ ​of​ ​individuals​ ​and​ ​businesses.  
 
I​ ​have​ ​been​ ​fortunate​ ​enough​ ​to​ ​be​ ​raised​ ​bilingual,​ ​having​ ​a​ ​Japanese​ ​father​ ​and​ ​an American​ ​mother.​ ​​ ​I​ ​spent​ ​most​ ​of​ ​my​ ​time​ ​growing​ ​up​ ​in​ ​Japan,​ ​and​ ​continued​ ​on​ ​to​ ​my​ ​high school​ ​years​ ​in​ ​Arizona​ ​and​ ​Hawaii.​ ​​ ​Upon​ ​returning​ ​to​ ​Tokyo​ ​for​ ​university,​ ​I​ ​have​ ​been intrigued​ ​by​ ​all​ ​the​ ​international​ ​transactions​ ​that​ ​occur​ ​in​ ​Tokyo,​ ​as​ ​TUJ​ ​is​ ​surrounded​ ​by embassies, which made me hold a passion to pursue the study of International Relations.
 
Having​ ​international​ ​parents​ ​allowed​ ​me​ ​to​ ​accustom​ ​myself​ ​to​ ​two​ ​completely​ ​different cultures;​ ​the​ ​Japanese​ ​one​ ​being​ ​highly​ ​disciplined,​ ​well​ ​organized​ ​and​ ​extensive​ ​manners​ ​while the​ ​US​ ​culture​ ​has​ ​taught​ ​me​ ​a​ ​more​ ​open​ ​minded​ ​way​ ​of​ ​thinking,​ ​be​ ​more​ ​independent​ ​and being​ ​inventive.​ ​I​ ​feel​ ​as​ ​though​ ​the​ ​two​ ​cultures​ ​complements​ ​each​ ​other​ ​well​ ​and​ ​has​ ​helped me​ ​advance​ ​in​ ​my​ ​academic​ ​and​ ​social​ ​life.​ ​​​Working​ ​as​ ​an​ ​intern​ ​at​ ​IMS,​ ​translating​ ​documents such​ ​as​ ​visa​ ​applications​ ​only​ ​broadens​ ​my​ ​world​ ​view​ ​as​ ​it​ ​deals​ ​with​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​people’s background​ ​stories.  
 
Throughout​ ​my​ ​working​ ​experience​ ​at​ ​IMS,​ ​I​ ​look​ ​forward​ ​to​ ​having​ ​a​ ​firm​ ​understanding of​ ​the​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​visas​ ​needed​ ​to​ ​enter​ ​the​ ​US​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​the​ ​transactions​ ​that​ ​occur​ ​between individual/business,​ ​firms​ ​and​ ​the​ ​government.  
 
Sincerely​ ​yours, 
Reina Tanizaki

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