19 Desember 2014

Jika dan Jarak

Ada yang terlupa: bahasa pertama. Dengan niat awal membagikan pengalaman lebih pada khalayak yang lebih luas, beberapa bulan terakhir, tulisan dengan tema rupa-rupa selalu kutulis dalam Bahasa Inggris.

Tidakkah kamu lelah? Bukankah banyak kosakata yang tak bisa sepenuhnya diterjemahkan ke bahasa itu? 

Benar, dan tanpa terasa, akhirnya aku terbiasa. Terbiasa tidak mengacuhkan potongan-potongan yang meminta diekspresikan.

Berikut ini karya pendekku dalam bahasa pertama: Jika dan Jarak. Selamat menikmati.

Aplikasi UWC Sudah Dibuka!

Halo, kawan-kawan yang luar biasa. Sudah dengar belum?

UWC Indonesia application for 2015 intake is open!

Ada banyak hal yang aku pelajari di UWC, dan merupakan salah satu pengalaman hidup yang tak akan pernah kulupakan.

17 Desember 2014

MIT versus Cambridge: Which One Is Better?

I have got so many questions about how MIT is different compared to University of Cambridge. There is, of course, no absolute (Indonesian: saklek) answer. I am going to try to go through different aspects of MIT and Cambridge. Then, you can decide, which school will give you the most, and the experience you want to have!

Disclaimer: I am going to talk from an undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering perspective. Also, I'm a full time student at MIT, and 'just' an exchange student at Cambridge. So, I'm sorry if my opinion is a little bit biased. 

MIT versus Cambridge. Which one is better? PS. Thanks to Bananagrams that I got from Katie and Yee Ling, I could make this!

12 Desember 2014

Letter from the Past: 22nd

Dear Titan,

Time flies by really fast, right? A year ago, you just celebrated your 21st birthday, with all your friends both at MIT and around the world. You had your first lobster with your roommates and friends: Kelly, Katie, and Yee Ling; you also got showered by blessings and prayers from your other close friends. Even though turning 21 was not a big deal for you (since you don’t drink alcohol, anyway) and it was during finals week, you still smiled really big, were being so optimistic about the coming year.

And all these people changing their names and avatars into me.

09 Desember 2014

Untuk Ibu Titan di Amerika

Ada kejutan luar biasa yang aku terima hari Sabtu, dari Mbak Arina, seorang Pengajar Muda. Beliau memberikan 'hadiah' yang belum pernah aku terima sebelumnya.

Foto-foto dan surat-surat dari adik-adik di Muara Enim!

06 Desember 2014

Recap: Michaelmas Term

Hello, everyone! I hope you are doing well, just like me now. I thought I was not going to pull through this, but I did it, anyway. If you are having your finals now, or just having a really rough week in general, pat yourself on your back, and tell yourself, "This, too, shall pass."

So, here is a recap from my Michaelmas term!

First: Matriculation photograph. Now, Cambridge will forever remember my face. Try to find my face! Photo by Sara S.

30 November 2014

Thank God, for...

It was Thanksgiving in the States last Thursday. I was kind of sad that I missed it; I mean, who could refuse a long 4-day weekend? I know there's a big controversy surrounding this celebration, how it actually means celebrating the 'genocide' of Native Americans, and so on.

Regardless, I want to reflect a little bit, and extend my thank to everyone who has affected me. I want to thank my family and friends for everything. This time, I want to thank people whom I haven't formally thanked before, although they have given so much to me.

Thank God, for...

You! People who read my blog.

I cannot believe how long I have been blogging. Hopefully, during all this time, reading my blog has affected you in good ways. I started having this address since 2006, but actually had my first post on 2008. It has been 6-8 years!

24 November 2014

Birmingham: Frankfurt German Christmas Market

I really wanted to go to Pasar Seni ITB 2014 (Art Market held by my friends' university, Bandung Institute of Technology) this Sunday. It happens every four years, and my friends this year are participating in the committee. Ami, my middle school friend, even told me, "I haven't slept for three days, and I haven't come home for the past one week. I even brought a sleeping bag to campus."

So, you can imagine how much I wanna be there, right? And I had a rough week, as you can see from previous post, haha. Gawat, lama-lama ketahuan state of mind-ku berdasarkan tulisanku, haha.

I decided to go to Birmingham, to one of the biggest Christmas Market in the world, outside Germany of course (because that's where the Christmas Market tradition comes from).

Toys! Nutcrackers! Haribo! Wine! Bratwurst! Schokolade! 
I felt like I entered a time machine (or pintu ke mana sajanya Doraemon), and went back to Germany.

21 November 2014

A Day in a Cambridge (Exchange) Student's Life

What is it like to be a Cambridge student? What is it like to study in a world-class university, share classes with brilliant minds, and be taught by the professors who invent and discover groundbreaking things?

It is like...

You are seeing the sun, but you feel like you're still in a dark place. A very dark one.

11 November 2014

Ada Apa dengan Cinta? Ada Apa dengan LINE?

Hari Sabtu pagi, LINE-ku ribut sekali. Aku baru bangun, karena malam sebelumnya aku tidur jam dua. Ada apa?

'Ada Apa dengan Cinta?' dibuat mini dramanya, kawan!