Celebration of the Mind

Let’s reach out to our heart to take a moment to think.

To me education has been a very special part of my life. Without it I wouldn’t have become who I am today. But I know, without formal education, to some people they have become established individuals they are now.

But what I’m trying to say is that education has differently shaped each and everyone of us. It transcends us from time to time. Education, be it formal ones or non-formal ones, should be a lifelong process for all people.

With it, we could be a better person. But without our good intention, with it we could be someone we don’t expect to be. It teaches us to differentiate the good and the not-good and it is us who make that choices.

Life will never be the same if we take control–and control is in our own hands.  So, let’s make a difference for our lives with the education we have earned so far.

The following is taken and edited from a note in another blog of mine writen in late December 2006.

I was very thankful to my parents, as they are highly aware of the importance of their kids’ education. From kindergarten they sent me to good quality education institutions. I spent the whole primary educations in Surabaya from elementary school (1990 – 1996) at SD Negeri Kaliasin IV (State Elementary School), Junior High School (1996 – 1999), I studied at SLTP Negeri 1 (State Junior High School) and this is possibly Surabaya’s the best Junior High School up to now and from year 1999 – 2002 I went to SMU Negeri 6 (State Senior High School).

After graduation from Senior High School, I did not straight away enroll at a university. At that time, I got scholarship from Harlem Hogeschool, the Netherlands majoring in Small Business but I could not take it as I had problem with legal matters for the visa. I was also accepted for a place in Studienkolleg Hamburg as the language study preparation at Technische Universität Hamburg Harburg, Germany majoring in Information and Communication System – a three-year international bachelor degree program, but again I faced the same problem.

In March 2003 I obtained a scholarship-two (partial) from the President University Foundation and from September 2003 up today I have been studying at President University, Cikarang, Bekasi, majoring in Business Public Relations. In year 2007, I am going to graduate and get my bachelor degree of undergraduate education.

For so many reasons, I couldn’t finish my undergraduate degree after fourth year. So then I took a year off and did some voluntary work with the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO at that time. It was really life-changing for me. In 2008, I came back to the university and finish my undergraduate thesis writing. The patience and efforts paid off and I was really happy about that.

I must say that my parents didn’t even get the chance to get continuing education in their time. But because of the conception that my parents, especially my mom implanted in my mind about the importance of education I pursued my master degree.  In 2010, I went to the University of Indonesia and finished my master in American Study with cum laude in 2012. Something that I am really proud of.

My next ambition would be to take another master degree program or a doctoral degree program in the near future.  Again, for me, education is a lifelong process and I just want to change the paradigm most people believe about having doctoral degree title–what is that for, unless I want to go to the academic world.  To me, education accomplishment could give me a sort of self-satisfaction when I finally finish and get the degree.

It’s about to satisfy the thirst of myself in getting more and more in life, in that particular sense.

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