I have found myself working a routine that looks absolutely nothing like what I have ever done. I remember my good friends and my family joking to me about how this internship sounded nothing like me or anything I would ever choose to do. I would have ended up interning at a fashion company, at a social media company, at a school, or for an artist. That’s where I thought I would end up. But here I am on an isolated peninsula in rural Japan. Tending a furnace and washing dishes. And I couldn’t be mad about it if I tried. I am finding a side of myself that I rarely get to see or interact with. I am able to focus on tasks, problem-solving in real time, and so on. I get to see immediate results of my labor and I’m getting to do it while learning a new culture and practicing another language. It’s been fun and I’m finding a lot more out of it than I thought I would, and a lot less than what I expected at the same time. I am starting to learn what it takes to be diligent and stick to something until you get it, no matter how much it takes. I am tending a furnace every single day. I feel like I must be unique among interns in this program in being able to say this. It’s making me a better person I should hope.