Finishing up my third week here at IMS and the amount of new experiences and things that I have learned are beginning to accumulate!
Confucius said “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest”. This can certainly be true in many aspects of life, however, I have found that my experience so far with IMS has been sweeter than you would imagine. Yes, there are some things that are very difficult (translating complicated legal documents may very well be the bane of my existence currently) but as I continue to apply the things I have learned, I grow and progress. Naturally, the tasks I am assigned become easier. Learning by experience has enabled me to stretch outside my comfort zone and catch a glimpse of my own potential.
Working at an immigration law firm has opened my eyes to a substantial amount of new information. I never knew that America had a visa waiver program before. Nor did I know anything about the processes related to applying for a visa, permanent citizenship, or how difficult going to America for a five day business trip can be for a non-US citizen. I never thought I would observe or participate in a Japanese business job interview. In the last three weeks I have been introduced to many new experiences through a culture that is still very much unknown to me.
I suppose the point of this blog post is that there is a lot about the world that we do not know or understand. There is so much information and experiences out there and it is up to us to create opportunities for ourselves to go out and find it. (I have found that they usually do not just come on their own).
So whatever your situation in life, go find something you did not know about before, and explore it. Learn it. Experience it. And if you ever need any help applying for visas, give us a call.
Paul (The Intern)