It’s good to be back to Universitas Indonesia after studying, staying, and travelling overseas for almost 9 months. My encounter to Universitas Indonesia (UI) is always giving me thrills and making me emotional. This morning, when I stepped on the pathway in the midst of campus wood leading the way to my faculty, breathed in the fresh mist that left after the dawn, memories stroke in to my head: this is the place where nation’s brightest minds find answer to its calling towards knowledge. For some, UI is Indonesian top university. For me, UI is the center of research excellence and student youth movement, accelerating impactful change in Indonesia and beyond.
I remember almost three years back, when I was still a high school student in province, I and my best friend, Kadek, were dreaming to pursue my study in UI despite the death-defying admission test and the risk of being away from home for some years. Our dreams were high, becoming a great man and contributing to a greater community beyond what we had back then, and UI is the milestone to achieve that dream. The challenge was not easy, as it will never be for such a high dream. We spent hours of cramming overnight, faced financial difficulties, or even experienced doubts from people around for being too high setting target. Yet, as we believed in our dream and we were committed to ourselves to make it happen, it did happen. I was enlisted in International Relations major with only 42 others student in that batch, and Kadek in Information System major, pursuing her target to be a top woman system analyst.
It was three years ago, and I still remember every details of strife we have been through back then as a memento of dream and resilience. So, when I had opportunity to share it with high school students in Cirebon in Cirebon University Fair 2012, I told it as it was. Dream is the fuel of our passion and the reason for being. Our today’s reality is what we dreamt before, and our future is much decided what we are dreaming right now.
So, here I am once again, back to campus where I am rooted and beautifully forged in to a better self. I shortly plunge into campus activity and its dynamics: quiz, paper, credits, friends, and love stories. This morning, I was nervous about what kind of response I might accept from community that I longed to see for months, but then what made me difficult today was my English-programmed head expected to present in fully formal Indonesian. Not all of my professors are aware that I was overseas for study, and speaking in bad formal Indonesian was really unacceptable. 🙁
UI has changed as much as I have during the last 9 months since I was away from school. The landscape is now much more mesmerizing with the newly open Central Library named Crystal Knowledge. It was still a pile of concrete when I was still there last year. Now, as I see, become the new icon in UI landscape. New buildings and facilities are also reaching up the sky, reminding me with Singapore and its never ending construction.
It’s good to be home! Now I am ready to give a kick for a year ahead. Be daring and spectacular!Tags: Crystal Knowledge, NUS, Singapore, Universitas Indonesia, USA