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!

08 November 2014

Guy Fawkes Night

Guy Fawkes night is when people are outside, watching big fireworks, and staying for bonfire after that. Credits of this pic goes to Sara.
I was wondering about the same thing like you, when I heard some rumors few days ago. "Yeah, it's Guy Fawkes night, so there will be an awesome fireworks, and huge bonfire." Who is this Guy Fawkes guy, and why do people celebrate him?

03 November 2014

Going to the Observatory for the First Time

I had a great weekend, I would say. I went to Downing College Formal Hall with some Indonesian friends here, at Cambridge. Then, the day after, I went to an International Food Festival and tried different foods from different parts of the world: from jollof rice (Ghana), to mango lassi (India); from veggie bun (China), to milk tea (Thailand). After that, my friends here told me that we could go to observatory (!) which is located in West Cambridge area.

Going to observatory is on my lifetime bucket list.

29 Oktober 2014

Officially Matriculated!

Hello, everyone! I hope you are doing well, although the weather is getting colder (or if you are in Indonesia -it has not rained and the weather is super hot).

First lesson when you are away from home: eat a balanced meal, which means you should eat veggies and fruits, and always wash your hands. You never know when you are going to catch a cold. Especially at the beginning of the year, when everyone just came back from their summer holidays, and brought viruses/ bacteria/ germs from there. That is why there is always an 'epidemic' cold/ fever/ influenza going on at the beginning of school year.

So, what have I been up to?

Me in undergraduate gown.

15 Oktober 2014

Feeling Small: Good and Bad

It has been exactly two weeks since I arrived in Cambridge. There are so many things going on, so many new friends, and so much work to do. Well, not really, compared to weekly problem sets deadline at MIT, haha. Seriously, though, I am having trouble to 'unfreeze' my brain after four months of summer break.

Yet, Cambridge cannot stop being beautiful for a moment.

King's College, University of Cambridge. That's true, we cannot step on the grass.

04 Oktober 2014

From Cambridge to Cambridge!

Hi, everyone! I hope this post finds you well, and also, Eid Mubarak for people who are celebrating it!

Eid prayer near Cambridge University.
So, as I told you before, I am now settling in Cambridge, UK, and going to study in University of Cambridge for the next one year under Cambridge-MIT Exchange Program, which is possible because of BP sponsorship. Thank you so much, BP!

So, how does it feel to be in England and Cambridge for the first time?

21 September 2014

Refleksi: Waktu Cepat Berlalu

Jadi, walaupun summer saya tahun ini totalnya empat bulan, tetap saja sebentar lagi saya harus kembali ke realita bahwa saya seorang mahasiswa yang baru beres setengah jalan (atau kurang?). Tentu saja, siapapun rasanya ingin liburan terus, karena hanya ada 'senang' di sana, sementara realita tak hanya menyajikan 'senang' tetapi juga menebarkan pil pahit di mana-mana.

Lingkaran pertemanan saya di Indonesia berhenti di SMA, karena sejak saya pindah ke UWC, otomatis saya tidak mendapatkan 'segerombol' teman baru pada saat yang bersamaan, seperti misalkan kalau masuk universitas baru, dan sebagainya. Karena saya tahu saya pasti kembali suatu saat setelah pendidikan saya selesai, saya harus mempertahankan jaringan yang saya miliki. Manusia tidak bisa hidup sendiri, bukan?

Berdasarkan hal tersebut, saya selalu mencoba bertemu teman-teman saya. Bahkan saya menyengajakan diri berkali-kali ke kampus orang (baca: ITB, karena Unpad terlalu jauh, haha), untuk bertemu beberapa kawan.

Ada satu hal yang saya sadari: waktu benar-benar cepat berlalu.

17 September 2014

Applying UK Student Visa from Indonesia?

Halo, semuanya! Semoga tulisanku kali ini menemukanmu dalam keadaan sehat, amin.

Tiga-empat minggu terakhir aku sering sekali bolak-balik Bandung-Jakarta untuk mengurus visa ke UK, dalam rangka pertukaran mahasiswa. Mungkin aku pernah memberitahumu sebelumnya, tetapi jika belum, aku berencana untuk menghabiskan setahun di University of Cambridge, UK, sebagai mahasiswa pertukaran di Department of Engineering, di bawah program CME (Cambridge-MIT Exchange). Doakan semoga lancar, ya!

16 September 2014

Aku & Buku: Bobol Celengan

Aku baru sadar belakangan ini, bukuku banyak sekali, sebagian besar komik Jepang. Aku mengumpulkannya sejak kelas 3 SD. Tak hanya itu, banyak juga novel dan buku non-fiksi dengan berbagai macam topik. Ibuku, sejak tahun 2000, rutin membeli majalah Intisari (Reader's Digest-nya Indonesia), dan sejak tahun 2010-an juga rutin membeli majalah Kartini. Ayahku, entah sejak kapan berlangganan koran Kompas (mungkin sejak jauh sebelum aku lahir), meskipun harga kertas naik terus.

Yang tersisa dari koleksi Intisari tahun 2000. Ibuku senang membeli Intisari, tapi entah mengapa enggan untuk berlangganan langsung.
Bagiku sendiri, koleksi buku-bukuku ini adalah saksi bisu aku tumbuh, sekaligus salah satu faktor yang membentuk diriku saat ini.

Semuanya bermula dari suatu siang yang terik, saat kelas 3 SD.