Maybe, this question not only happened to me, but also to those who had managed to study outside of the other hemisphere, mainly because they got scholarships.
HOW COME? HOW TO?
Some may feel this question is very frustrating because, hey, if you really want to know, you can actually find information yourself on Google without asking me. But no, I myself might be among those who have asked the same question. Even though the process is clear and certain, that is seeking information, registering, completing requirements, praying, and waiting for the results. However, this question repeatedly popped into his head. Because to be honest, sometimes I am still surprised and half do not believe I can get a Fulbright scholarship to America, at one of the universities that I think is quite prestigious, namely the University of Arizona. Bear Down!
I personally feel lucky, but many also encourage me that it is not just luck, but also because of my struggles and my parents’ prayers. When I got this scholarship, I was not at an ambitious stage like when I was in college, where I was obsessed with getting the best grades and graduating as the best.
When applying for this scholarship, I surrendered, I was serious and tried my best, so if it didn’t work, I wouldn’t be too disappointed because at least I tried. However, then I realized, it was also the accumulation of my efforts during school and work, which at first was not to create a good CV in order to get a scholarship. In fact, when applying for a job or scholarship, the footprint will be taken into account as well. How serious have you been in studying or working before, so that you are entitled to this scholarship? How responsible are you going to school and previous work so you definitely won’t abuse this scholarship?
I dare say this because I have proven it. I don’t feel so smart that I can go to America. I used to dream of traveling around the world, but I felt it was only limited to wishful thinking. I remember also praying that I would be given the opportunity to go abroad even though I did not really feel the purpose. But it did come true.
I am just an ordinary Indonesian child who comes from a village that may not have an echo. My parents are just ordinary small farmers. Not even one in my family is an office employee, or a civil servant. I am the first generation to continue schooling to junior high, high school and college. Maybe that’s why I really meant it because I didn’t want my parents to go to waste. However, I myself feel that my thinking, even today, is very narrow because my world is small, and I only accept what is presented to me, a thought that I am still trying to change. So if some people feel I am humble, that is not entirely true, because I really do not have anything to boast about. When I was in school when I was a champion or when I got a good GPA, I knew I could take responsibility for it, because I really learned, tried and did not just relax, let alone cheat to get the value ‘A’. Everything comes with a price, I don’t think so because it’s really smart from the sononya. So, this is what I want you to think:
ALREADY TURNED AND HONEST YOU WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW?
Being able to study in America is indeed a gift for me, especially I have had the opportunity to channel my ‘mbolang’ hobby to beautiful places. I can feel myself playing snow in the winter, staring at the leaves on trees that change color in the fall, all that is not in my country, Indonesia. But what I get is more than that. To America with scholarships, not only about mutual understanding between America and our culture, but furthermore: it’s about the world!
I met many people from across continents with different backgrounds. The interesting thing is that I can exchange ideas with them and sometimes I am amazed by the way they have never been in my mind. I became aware of their culture and instead of judging it, it made me understand, understand and appreciate them more. So actually going to America (or other countries) is not merely to check in at a different place, more than that is to open our minds.
THAT’S BECAUSE WHEN YOU KNOW MORE, YOU’LL UNDERSTAND MORE, AND BECOME WISER AND LESS JUDGMENTAL.
Another thing I like about studying in America is that I know how it feels to be a minority. As a Muslim, I belong to the majority group in Indonesia. Even though I have always had good relations with friends who are of different religions, being a minority in that country is very challenging. At first I was worried that there would be many people who disliked me, especially because I was wearing a hijab, my Islamic identity was very visible. We ourselves often hear a lot of media preaching the bad image of Islam in the world. Guess what, so far, Alhamdulillah, I feel safe and calm. I met many people who were very kind and friendly to me. They are very appreciative and always ready to help me. I feel protected. I think, maybe a minority group in Indonesia feels the same happiness when we respect and respect differences. And maybe, they feel the same fear and worry when we try to cheat their rights. My previous concerns were natural, but I didn’t need to worry too much, because in this life the basic principle is:
YOU TREAT PEOPLE WELL, THEY TREAT YOU WELL. IF YOU TREAT THEM WELL BUT THEY TREAT YOU BADLY, THEN THE PROBLEM IS WITH THEM, NOT YOU.
Aside from meeting with Americans and friends from other countries, I certainly also met with fellow practitioners from Indonesia who were not all under the auspices of the Fulbright, but different scholarship programs. I became embarrassed because I did not know about the programs before.
It turned out that the scholarship opportunity was far more than I expected. And this limited information is still a problem for parts of Indonesia. Even though there are many scholarship opportunities, not all of them have equal access to the information and not all are used to finding out for themselves.
It is not intended to indulge in the types of people who still like to be “fed” with this kind of information, but everyone needs different time to open their minds before they can be independent. It would be better if the school or the existing ranks expose as much information as possible about scholarships to students or students while training them to find information independently. Sometimes they don’t try not because they are afraid they don’t succeed, but precisely because they don’t know that they have the opportunity to try. And if they don’t find out, maybe because they are not familiar with things outside of what is being served to them. It’s our job to change this. Give them exposure to the opportunities, train them to look for this opportunity, and if one or two people succeed, we can hope that it can inspire and motivate others, not just in big cities or places, but we also need to show opportunities the same in other small or remote cities.
And if in the end there are those who are afraid to try even though they already know the opportunity, even though luck and external factors also contribute to our success / failure, we will never know if we don’t try.
If I’m not trying to apply for this scholarship, I’m 100% definitely not going to get it right? If I don’t try, the probability is only 1: I failed. By trying, you have two possibilities: succeed and fail. And you can keep trying, praying, and don’t forget to ask your parents’ blessing.
SO, GIVE IT A TRY! IF YOU WANT IT, DOING START SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
I hope that this writing rattles me has benefits. And I hope my writing will be read by my younger siblings in my school first or in other schools.
IF I CAN, THEY HAVE THE SAME OPPORTUNITY.