After college, I moved directly to Singapore with a fancy new degree in hand and an internship set on my mind. I had been offered a place in Singapore to work in my field, Foreign Affairs, and I was more than excited to get started as soon as I can. I didn’t think about the cultural ramifications of my move and what that meant for all the things that I had brought with me. I’m sure you’re not surprised in the slightest that I quickly discovered that I was going to have to use self storage in Singapore since not everything was going to easily fit into my apartment. I only brought with me what I had taken to college even and still the apartment that I found was unable to hold all of that. I don’t think of myself as someone who easily collects a lot of ‘things’, as I don’t own very much, but in a city and a country with a culture that values space as much as the Japanese, I shouldn’t be surprised by this turn of events.
I don’t mind, however, as I am one of the lucky few American students who are able to actively work in the field that they went to school for without actually attaining a Master’s Degree or better! With only a Bachelor’s in hand I am being given one of the best opportunities of my young life to be able to explore, to learn and to gain the experience that I need in order to become successful in everything that I do within my field. Sure, it’s just an internship but already I am travelling the world, seeing a culture that I have limited experience with and actively engaging in pressing global issues while helping this country solve those problems.