Hello, my name is Clara Lilianie. Everyone calls me Clara. I live in Hati Suci Shelter, Jakarta. Right now, I study Psychology at Tarumanegara University, also in Jakarta. I started college in 2019. I’m so thankful that Heliconia trusts me by giving me this scholarship. When I was told that I got this scholarship, I felt so grateful to God. I couldn’t believe that Heliconia gave me the chance to reach higher education and make my parents proud, my family, and myself. I’m motivated to become a Psychologist, so I can help everyone who has problems, who feels lonely and insecure with themselves. Because Heliconia gives me this precious chance, I promised myself that I will always do my best to get good achievements. I will prove to Heliconia that I deserve this scholarship and make Heliconia proud of me.
Message from Clara, December 2020
I had finished the final exam in early December 2020. In the 3rd semester, I think the materials were more difficult than the 2nd semester because we studied fully online. There was one course which difficult for me, the Quantitative Research Methods course. When I did the project, my friends and I were divided into groups. We must do research for 3 months. Our topic was about “sleep quality of the college students in Jakarta during pandemic”. Before we started the research, I thought it would be easy. But I was wrong. This research was so difficult, especially when we counted the results. We must recode their variation answers into numbers, it was so tiring. Then my friends and I decided to have a meeting to discuss our research at Central Park Mall. Because of this research, I often went to sleep at midnight. When our research was done, I was so happy and I wish my group will get a good score.
I had my favorite course too, that was the Psychology Assessment Practice course. In this course, we practiced to be a psychologist and learned how to solve our client’s problem. I always got high scores in this. My lecturer is a detailed person and very humble. She gave us the best advice to improve our skills, she always appreciated our efforts. My friends and I as a group did a project to interview a psychologist to get to know further information about the psychologist’s job desk. Luckily, our interviewee was a good person and we really enjoyed the interview.
On Christmas Day, I didn’t go back home because the pandemic is not over yet. In Indonesia, the covid-19 cases increase every day. If we would to go back home, we must do a PCR test which costs is expensive. I miss my mom, but I couldn’t force myself to go home for now. I hope this pandemic will be over next year. On the other side, I registered myself to be a member of the Christmas committee in college. The event was held online on December 24th, 2020, and I became the master of the ceremony. That was my first experience and I was nervous. I often practiced to improve my skill, the leader of this event said that my skill has improved well.
In the shelter, my friends and I who were not go back home during the holiday, watched the movie every night, which was enough to cheer us. We created the Christmas tree together and it was so beautiful. We also cooked some snacks for us to eat together. It was so funny. I hope next year I can study at campus again to meet my friends and go home to meet my family.
Message from Clara, June 2020
I had finished the final exam of the 2nd semester in May 2020. In February, before the Covid-19 pandemic was spread in Indonesia, I had a ‘live-in program’. ‘Live-in’ is a program from university for the students to live together with the residents inland for several days to learn from their lives, do their work, increase our empathy about other’s life, etc. I lived in Ciherang, West Java for 3 days in one of the resident’s houses. My friend, Meicy, and I lived in Dede’s House. Dede is the first daughter in the family whose house we ‘lived-in’. Dede lives with her parents and her brother. Her parents work as farmers and they have livestock to sufficient their lives. Dede is a shy girl, and she is nice too.
One day, I asked Dede about her dream or her ambition in life, she said to me that she has no dream because she graduated from elementary school only. Her parents don’t have money to pay for her education. I was so sad and grateful at the same time. I was sad knowing her condition makes her stop dreaming. In Indonesia, education isn’t spread well inland. I’m so grateful because Heliconia Scholarship Foundation supports me to continue my study at university to reach my dream. I encouraged Dede to never stop dreaming because there is always hope in our life. In Ciherang, Meicy and I helped Dede’s mother in the rice fields by pulling weeding. That was the best experience I ever had because I could learn about new things and be grateful for everything in life by living together with the residents inland. Three days later, we must back to Jakarta again. I was sad because they were so nice to us. I said to them that I will come again to visit them someday.
In March, when the government gave an announcement to the citizens to stay at home and we got lockdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic, I started study from home, which means I study from the shelter. All of the Hati Suci shelter members can’t go home for several months because it’s too dangerous for our family and there is no guarantee if all of us will get affected or not if we go home. A study from the shelter makes me happy because I don’t need to wake up early and use public transport to go to campus. I spend time playing with my friends in the Hati Suci shelter, they are like little sisters to me, sometimes I help them if they have homework from school.
I also helped the teachers at Hati Suci School (the school which is inside our shelter) to supervise the exam in the classroom because of limited computers, so we did an offline exam. Every morning, we do routine exercise to keep our body fit and we learn some recipes to make snacks. We are so proud to learn something new in this pandemic situation. On the other side, I feel so sad because I can’t meet my friends, my mother, and my big family. I miss them so much.
On May 28th, 2020, we celebrated Carli’s birthday and I was so happy with that. I wish Carli gets all of the best things in this world. She is a hero for me and for the other members of the Heliconia Scholarship Foundation. This is the end of my story during the 2nd semester. I hope everybody who reads this is in good condition. Thank you.
Message from Clara, 2020
I have finished my final exam in the 1st semester. The results were good enough, I must get better results next semester. Until today, I still can’t believe that I am a college student. I am so thankful for Heliconia’s kindness. I want to tell you about my final exam. In Positive Psychology class, my team and I made a video about sexual harassment. Hati Suci shelter and the campus were the places that we did the video shoot. We posted the video on YouTube and shared the link to get some likes. Our group didn’t get many likes but thank God we still got B scores. In Communication Psychology class, my group and I did a presentation, and we got an A score. I was so speechless and happy because that was my first presentation task in college.
After the exams were finished, we got a new project for Philosophy class. We went to Blok M and Kota Tua Jakarta (the old part of town) to find about something digression as much as we could. It was so funny but tiring too. We started our trip from 8 AM until 3 PM. This field project was aimed as a social project, in collaboration with Hati Suci High School. My friend Dicky and I were later presented our project report that we got from the field to the students in Hati Suci High School.
After the project was done, we had holidays. My mother and I went to Lampung in Sumatra Island. I was very happy because I met my cousins, my nephews, and my grandma. I came back to Jakarta in the new year. Now, I just started the 2nd semester, I believe that it will be fun because I am ready to face the new journey. In Indonesia, people talk about Corona Virus and it scares me. I hope you are fine and stay safe there. See you.
Message from Clara, 2020
First, I want to say thank you very much for giving me a chance to get higher education in Indonesia. I promised myself that I won’t disappoint people who care about me. I am very happy and excited to learn new lessons. I have accepted to Tarumanagara University, one of the best Psychology Major in Indonesian Private University.
This University has some values, it’s called EPIC: there are Entrepreneurship, Professionalism, Integrity, and Caring Community. All Psychology students must have those values. I joined an extracurricular called Mnemonic Club. In this club, we can create or join a psychology competition, such as debate, and also discuss any psychology issue that is happening now, movie analysis, etc.
The lecturers are good, funny, honest, humble, and intelligent. I have some close friends in my class, they are Meicy, Febe, Ajeng, Christo and Wilson. They are so good to me, very helpful, and teach me a lot about their personality. My favorite friend is Ajeng. She is good, humble, smart and she has a beautiful smile. She is very funny and cheerful too. So far, the subjects in my major aren’t very hard, but I still need to study well and read my books.
In my major, I get so many projects. Usually, I make a group project, so we can share our tasks to do the project. This is my first story, I hope you like it. Thank you very much. God bless us always you.