A blog of everyday life and traveling experience.

Kamis, 25 Oktober 2012

Das Leben Einer Studentin

It's been a few weeks since my last post, and honestly sometimes I do feel I want to write many things but things went crazier for the last few weeks, and I didn't have much time to write everything I've planned to write.

So now, I just want to update what happened on my life.

It's now the seventh week of Uni, and I felt I got less homesick than last month. After I flew back to home last month (well, now I am also at home, but it's planned, not like before), I got some motivation to survive in the university life. I didn't cry (well, it's a bit dramatic, but yes, sometimes I cry because I miss my hometown, which was quite strange because I didn't cry when I was far away in Germany) anymore. I'll tell you a secret, last month, it's normal if I cried once in a day just because I wanted to be home so badly.

In University, things went quite difficult. Almost all lessons that I had now were completely a new lesson, so it's a bit difficult to catch up with a ton of uni's activitiess. But I've promised to my parents I'll have good grades and back to Germany as soon as I graduate! So, finger cross!

n.b : I think, I could write a bit better in German, but well...
Selasa, 04 September 2012

2 Jahre Deutschland!

Weil jetzt ich an Deutschland schreibe, denn werde ich auf Deutsch schreiben, obwohl ich weiß, dass die meistens nicht verstehen können.

Also, jetzt ist den 4. September 2012. Ich habe erinnert, dass genau 2 Jahre vorher Samstag war, und ich hatte mein erstes Fahrradtour in Haltern mit Anne und Franz-Josef. Ich habe auch erinnert, dass am diesem Tag  2 Jahre vorher, habe ich gedacht dass ich nicht mehr Fahrrad fahren möchte weil es anstrengend war. In Indonesien (bis jetzt) hatte ich niemals so lang Fahrrad gefahren.

Die Zeit geht zu schnell, und jetzt ist schon 2 Jahre seit ich der erstes mal in Deutschland gekommen bin. Das Leben geht weiter. Ich weiß dass ich viel geändert habe, und ich danke an meine Erfahrungen, dass ich besser Leute sein konnte.
Senin, 03 September 2012

First Day of University!

It was the third September 2012. And it was the first day of University!!! I was excited but also a bit scared. Life as a college student would be different as life as a high-school student. We would become more wise, and a bit strict about money especially those who didn't live with their parents.

So let's talk about my first day.
My alarm has woken me up at 5.00, but I suspended it till 05.30. I took a bath, and after that prayed. Then, I made some hot-chocolate. I decided to have some breakfast at campus because there wasn't any store opened at that hour yet. I checked my things again, made sure that I didn't forget my notes and pensilcase, then waited for Anno. Anno was so kind because he wanted to pick me up at the house where I stayed. He also brought me back to home. He came at 6.45 and we went to campus.

There were lots of new students, if you were there, you could easily spot them. We wore white shirt and black trousers/skirts.And we attached sort of nametags on our shirts so it would be easier to socialize if we knew each other. We were waiting in the front of our classes, and the first one was "Linear Algebra". I was one class with Radhea, my friend who went to Italy at the same time with me when I went to Germany, and Hery, we used to be on the same class in high school before I went abroad. The lecturer was a bit late because there were some changes of the schedule, but she was really really nice. We didn't learn any matter yet because we would start next week, but she has explained some rules of her lesson.

Linear Algebra ended faster because there were no materials today, so I decided to go to canteen and grab some food (I was really really hungry) and ate it with some friends. Then we were waiting for the next class while catching up with the other new students. There were about 222 of us, and we couldn't recognize them at one glance. Sometimes I had to ask their name more than 3 times until I remember them (if you are one of those person, I must say I am truly sorry).

Our next lessons began at 10.00. It was Digital Design. The first ten minutes was introduction by the lecturer, then we began to study. Weve learned about binery numbers. It was a bit fun because sometimes it was confusing and everybody just laughed at the class.

Then after that I went to buy some food (again). I decided to buy it there because it was cheaper (eventhough it wasn't much, and brought it home so I didn't have to worry about lunch. I waited for Anno (he went to library), and then went home.

So, that was the first day, and I hope it would be the only first day of Universtiy as a new-undergraduate-student of my life :) That's my story, where's yours? :))

Jumat, 20 Juli 2012

Ramadhan Comes!

Ramadhan comes and we will start fasting tomorrow! I apologize if I have any mistake to you all :)

Marhaban Yaa Ramadhan!
Rabu, 18 Juli 2012

Between Tenth November Institute of Technology and Germany

Hii.. Es ist schon lange seit ich hier letztes mal irgendwas schreiben. Also, seit nicht alle von uns Deutsch sprechen können, würde ich dann auf Englisch sprechen (weil nicht alle Indonesisch sprechen können, Google Übersetz hilft nicht so).

It's July now and it means the holiday time is almost over. Thank God I passed the Uni-entrance exam (although I passed on my second choice) and my days as Senior High School student was over. Well, my dad gave me a tough choice between studying in Tenth of November Institut of Technology (that's in Surabaya, the second largest city in Indonesia) and studying in Germany. Those days were difficult to pass by because I was confused and I needed to think about it seriously from deep inside my heart (okay, I'm exaaggerate a bit). After thinking about a week, and after receiving the test result that I passed the test in Surabaya (which only 96 people from thousands who have registered), I decided to study in Surabaya. When I told people about my decision, they asked the same question; WHY?

So here what I thought.

Tenth November Institut of Technology

  • Located only about 1,5 hours with airplane from Makassar, which means my parents could visit me anytime they want, and I can go back to my hometown everytime I have time.
  • Not expensive, only Rp1.800.000/Semester (about €150)
  • It's one of the best University in Indonesia
  • I pay 1.350.000/month for a room to live (about €120, that includes electricity, water, air conditioner, cable TV, Wifi, near campus)
  • I have some friends who studied there (eventhough they are already on their 2nd year)
  • I still need to learn Religion and some other lessons
  • It's one of the hottest city in Indonesia (they almost have no cloud),
  • Not really safe (thief and robbery)
  • No public transportation to the Campus
  • They speak Indonesian with different accent that I used to speak in my hometown.
  • My host family is there (number 1 reason)
  • Studying there is my dream since I got back from Germany
  • They speak German!
  • Well, it's Germany! You can get a very good job if you graduated from there
  • It's clean.
  • Easy to go everywhere, especially abroad.
  • People will think that it's cool to study abroad (it's a silly reason, but yeah, I thought about that too because many people think I'll go back there, especially my teachers)
  • It's safe.
  • No ghost (well, as I was in Germany I didn't believe that Ghost exist)
  • I need to go to Studienkolleg, that means I graduated 1 year longer than people in Indonesia.
  • In Studienkolleg I will only lear 4 subjects for the whole year (Math, Deutsch, Physics and Chemistry)
  • It's expensive in Studienkolleg (Rp30.000.000/semester - about €2700)
  • It's expensive to live in Germany (dont know how much exactly it costs, but I think it's aboout €500-€1000/month)
  • Far away from home, I don't know if .I could get home every holiday
Okay, so I hope you understand if I prefer Indonesian than Germany. But my mother made me promise to finish my study soon and continue my study in Germany, since it is my father's dream to see me get a degree (either Bachelor, Master, or Doctoral) from a University in Germany.

So that's my story, don't hesitate to ask!