The experiences that I gained from the East Asian Community and the Global Forum of Japan are irreplaceable. For 2 months, I had the chance to hear closed meetings of professors from all over Japan, as well as from ambassadors and researchers. These two months made me realize that I should never be satisfied when learning. Another thing that I learned from this experience is that I should be better prepared. The funny story about this opportunity is that I almost missed the deadline for it. I found it on the second to last day and submitted it on the last day. This taught me that I should be better prepared in all my endeavours.
The experience started with greeting all of the members of JFIR, who were very welcoming. For the first few days, I experienced some office work. I was also able to sit in on a discussion about the Trump administration, which is something I am very interested in. On the third day, there was a surprise meeting about the South China Sea. This was another part of the experience that taught me the importance of being prepared.
The more I participated in the internship, the more I began to enjoy it because I would start to get a better glimpse of what was going on in different parts of the world. There were always new resources that I could use to help me understand what was occurring around the world, and what was of interest to JFIR. Some of the topics that I researched were environmental issues, the Trump administration, the East Asian Sea, the decreasing population of Japan, and USA & India’s Think Tanks.
I was also lucky enough to have the chance to be in two closed meetings at the International House of Japan. The meetings were about the global shift with the emergence of the Trump administration and China’s gradual rise of power. Just being in the same room with brilliant minds was great, but the content of the discussions was amazing. Although I have done lots of research at JFIR, I learned that learning is endless and that that’s the beauty of education.