STA, PK BPRI, IELTS, GRE and How My Life Drastically Back to Long-Life Learning Process

In my latest post, I wrote about me passed interview test for a scholarship, named BPRI, abbreviation for Beasiswa Presiden Republik Indonesia or in english: IPS, Indonesia Presidential Scholarship . Now I’m gladly telling the world that I already passed the final stage of the selection/Seleksi Tahap Akhir/STA!! Iyeeey!!!

The the final selection consist of the following test : medical check up, the too-many-unimportant-and-difficult-questions test, and Leadership Project (I was teamed up with 3 friends to create social project in underdeveloped village). The STA was held from 30 September to 3 October, while the announcement for the result is 6 October, all in IPSC (Indonesia Peace and Security Center) Sentul. The awardees shrunk from 134 candidates into 109 awardees.

After the announcement, all awardees have to join Leadership Program from LPDP (Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan) from 7 October to 15 October 2014. It was a very fun Program. I get to know with each other awardees more, and we also work on several social project together. Other times, we get lectures from inspirational leaders in Indonesia, and improve our awareness in Indonesia’s potential for the next years to come. At the last day, we finally meet RI 1, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in PERSON!

I guess I better write on this matter in separate post because there are too much to write about STA and PK. I promise that i will write the entire process to apply IPS.

What I want to talk about in this post is actually the later condition in my life. I get the scholarship, yes. But I still need to apply to the univeristy (since I have no LoA). So I still need to take english proficiency test and GRE (if I’m going to US). My last english proficency certificate is TOEFL ITP, which cannot be used to apply for university. There are two option, whether I to take TOEFL IBT or IELTS. In the end I choose IELTS, because it’s widely used (US, UK, Aussie).

I’m trying to get to University of ***, University of **** and ***** University. Each univeristy has their own uniqueness from my view:

  • University of *** : Melbourne is located near my motherland #eaaaa . Some people says it’s nice city to live in. Aside from that, Uni*** offers program that I need, Master of Teaching concentrated in Biology and PSYCHOLOGY! So I could learn how to teach Biology and also learn more about how students perceive education settings.
  • University of **** : I don’t really have a dream to live in US, so I’ll review this only by the program. It has program that I want but mainly focus in psychology but I will still get M.Ed for it.
  • ***** University : It’s ***** ! But more logical than that, the lecturer, they have Mr. X and Mr. Y! I’ve been learning from their books and theories like the whole time I’m doing my undergraduate program and skripshit/undergraduate final paper.

Some part of me realize that I think it’s not good to explain my preference, so I decided to censored them. I never mean to compare them, all of them is  good universities.

So, now I started to change my life’s pace. From layback freelancer whose life full of chasing wild opportunities, to scholarship awardee with deadline. In 1 year, I have to be accepted in university. Time somehow flow so fast that I hardly have time to do anything at all (I think it’s just me panicking, like always, procrastinator standard syndrome). I started to make plans for several days to come. Organized plan. Somehow it scares me how much my time is worth. every single second.

I study everyday now, for many tests to take, for many essays to write, for many journals and books to read (due to the possibility to change university). No more watching movies, Arashi vids, downloading series. Now I’m to read pdfs and books. They all wait for me to study them done.

This is a big leap in my life. I won’t mess with this one now. I will focus on this goal. Too much risk to take if I lose this. God, please give me your guidance.


(P.S.: I’m seriously thankfull if anyone to give me corrections and advice about english writing if you see anything bad with this post)


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