The plethora of scholarships offering programs to study overseas have opened the opportunity for all Indonesians from all walks of life to expand their educational plans. Possibilities that were once hindered by financial setbacks and distance have now been made attainable. However, as those opportunities have increased there are still essential issues that one must think about before deciding to study abroad.
A lot of things go through the mind of prospective university students; like how to prepare for the university entrance exams, what the admission process would be like, adapting to a new environment, acceptance of peers, and so forth. If that’s stressful enough, think about the students who plan to travel thousands of miles away from home to study and live there for quite a length of time. Even after passing the first steps of getting to study abroad, you might still think about the obstacles that lay ahead, like adapting to a completely different society, coping with home sickness, culture shock, all while trying to excel academically.
This Sunday at @America, Pacific Place mall, the Indonesian Club at Stanford in collaboration with Indonesia Mengglobal will hold a presentation sharing the experiences of both graduates and current Indonesian students in the United States answering questions and doubts of prospective students who share the same field of interest.
The event’s speakers hail from Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, Wesleyan University, Vanderbilt University, University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School.
“The presentation is aimed to provide important information particularly to those who are thinking of going to the US for college or pursuing graduate degrees in law, business, or engineering,” says Marsha Sugana, finance and public policy major at the Vanderbilt University. “Attendees should get a better idea of the requirements of the admissions process and also what it is like to study in the United States.”
Most countries with a big population like Indonesia have an Indonesian students association known as either Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia in almost every country. Each campus in those countries with a large group of Indonesian students forms a sub-group of Indonesian students like the Indonesian Club at Stanford. These organizations not only function as a networking between the students but also direct them to not neglect their responsibilities as students as well as representatives of Indonesia.
Unlike the rest of the Indonesian student societies, Indonesia Mengglobal is a group of students and alumni from renowned universities in the US who attempt to connect themselves to Indonesian students curious about global education. Their website indonesiamengglobal.com is a source for information regarding college applications in the US.
“As current students and alumni, we truly appreciate the good quality of education and the breadth of experience that we’ve been lucky to have in the US,” says Angelina Veni Johanna co-editor of Indonesia Mengglobal and President of the Indonesian club at Stanford. “Applying to US schools can be both tricky and scary for most people — we have been in their shoes. Through this event, we want to encourage prospective applicants to apply and address any questions or doubts they might have.”
In the event, speakers will go in depth about what propelled them to study abroad, the different systems of educations in the US, and how it has benefitted them.
“One of the most important skills that I developed is the agility to adapt to a new environment,” shares Stevia Angesty, who has recently earned her Masters in Material Science and Engineering from Stanford University.
“Education in the US not only provides me with the most advanced technical skills but it also exposes me to people with different backgrounds. Working and spending time with such a diverse group of people alone opened my mind and polished my interpersonal skills a lot,” says Stevia.
The presentation will be divided into two main sessions. The first session opens at 1:00 p.m to 2:30 p.m dedicated to those looking to enroll for the undergraduate program followed by the next session at 3:30-5:00 p.m for graduate students.
Each session is divided into 4 topics. The topics of the first session will start with “Why Studying in the US?,” followed by discussing about community college, freshman application and undergraduate scholarships. The graduate application session is also divided in four sessions that will discuss about science and engineering school, business school, law school and graduate scholarships.
“I believe the speakers at this event, all of whom have attended highly ranked schools, can give helpful advice for those who are thinking about applying to schools in the US. Plus, it’s free and you get to meet new friends,” concludes Marsha.
Towards a US Higher Education
Sunday, August 12
Pacific Place Mall, Jakarta
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Undergraduate Application and Scholarship
3.30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Graduate Application and Scholarship
Confirm your attendance at the event’s Facebook page here.