It took nearly a year to finally meet my SUSI buddies again, and I was sooooo grateful to meet them all! We had a mini reunion with Hafidz and Deslina in Indonesian Young Alumni Community Conference (KAMI Conference) at @america, Pacific Place, Jakarta. It’s not complete, though, because most of my SUSI buddies were not residing in Jakarta: Tasha (in Bandung at the moment), Odit (recently nailed his bachelor degree in UGM), Sinta (in Surabaya), and Soro (in Papua). Deslina was also just graduated from Universitas Sriwijaya, Palembang, and now seeking her Master degree….and specially visited Jakarta for this! Love ya Dz!
SUSI-BSU Indonesia students are the short-listed, most-talented, passionate, and daring student leaders selected by U.S. Department of State for “Study in the United States Institute for Student Leaders” Scholarship Program—and for me, they are the most lovable and sincere friends. We shared our life-changing journey in Ball State University in Summer 2011 with other student leaders from the Philippines and Malaysia. After my hurried travel from Washington D.C.-Detroit-Tokyo-Singapore-Jakarta-Singapore in nearly 4 days only, I spent the rest of last year to finish my (another, if I may say) exchange program in National University of Singapore for a semester. I had amazing opportunity to meet JR, Malaysian student, who took an internship program in a prestigious law firm in Singapore, then visited the Philippines in late December to fulfill my Philippines friend’s invitation that I can’t resist!
I am now safe and sound in Jakarta. Going back to my sweetheart, Refaldo Fanther, my family, my cats, and my school buddies in Universitas Indonesia. And seeing real Indonesian SUSI-BSU buddies was reallllllly more challenging for me, hahaha, comparing to my encounter in overseas friends.
My mum is always right, “Silaturahim opens up sustenance”, or in a more materialist word, “Networks open up new opportunities ahead.” Our meeting concludes in sharing of sponsor information, conference opportunities, and future project together in social media—something we have seen in the world and want to share here in Indonesia.
Allah SWT always has a mystery.Tags: Reunion, SUSI, SUSI BSU, TF LEaRN @ NUS, Travel