My name is Nethania, I’m from Hati Suci Shelter. Now I study at Trisakti University, majoring in Accounting. I started studying in 2020 and I will finish college in 2024. I’m very lucky to be chosen by the Heliconia Scholarship Foundation to receive a scholarship to continue my education at university because I know very well study at university needs a lot of money, so I will never waste this opportunity. I’m the second child of two siblings, I have one sister named Pingkan. We are from a broken-home family, our parents divorced when we were at primary school. After they got divorced, my sister and I stay with my mom in a rented house. We enjoyed the fun and sorrow together.
One day my grandmother and my father contacted my mom and suggested entrusting me and my sister to Hati Suci Shelter. They sent us to the shelter to reduce my mother’s burden and it’s good for our future. When I live in the Hati Suci shelter since I was 7 years old and my sister was 10 years old. I was very sad because I couldn’t meet my mom every day, and I thought that maybe my parents don’t love us anymore. Day by day I became more mature, and now I know why they did this. Now I’m not sad anymore, I even feel that I’m so lucky living in the shelter.
I’m so grateful that I can study, I have proper food, and the shelter also gives us the facilitation to support our hobbies such as futsal, basketball, badminton, table tennis, playing music, and choirs. Because I like to sing, so I chose the choir activity. We do performances for several shows, we performed at Unilever’s office (an international company in Indonesia), and another event when we were invited by SCTV (the national TV station in Indonesia) to sing there.
In the Hati Suci shelter, I get a lot of life lessons, such as being independent, caring, responsible, disciplined, and always grateful. We also have a responsibility to do house chores, such as sweeping the garden, sweeping the rooms, cleaning the bathrooms and toilets, and washing the clothes. All of this makes us more independent. We are also taught to be disciplined, so must be on time for every activity, such as time to sleep, eat and take shower, etc. We are taught to eat anything which has been provided, this teaches us to always be grateful.
Because I’ve been chosen to be a part of the Heliconia Scholarship Foundation, I promise to give my best and I will not disappoint the Heliconia Scholarship Foundation. I will try to convince Heliconia that I’m not the wrong choice. Thank you very much to Heliconia for helping me to make my dream come true.
Message from Nethania, July 2022
On July 18th, 2022, all children of the Hati Suci shelter were invited to go on vacation to Dufan. We went to Dufan by bus, we departed from the Hati Suci Shelter at 9 am. There we were very happy, we played together from morning to evening. We really enjoyed that time, I was feeling so free, all of our fatigue disappeared instantly there.
Two days later, on June 20th, 2022, we were allowed to go home, because the school holiday has arrived, so we can go home until July 8th, 2022. However, not all of the children went home, there were still around nine children staying in the shelter, including me. I decided to stay in the Shelter because I hadn’t been off from my college and I was busy with my tasks at that time, so I decided to go home later on June 25th, 2022. Doing assignments in the shelter is more conducive than doing it at home. Even though I was so busy, I was not discouraged, I enjoyed my days in the shelter. Together with my friends who stayed in the shelter, we visited Monas (National Monument). We enjoyed that moment.
On July 17th, 2022, together with my friends from the Student Activity Unit, we held a social action to visit the Fajar Baru orphanage located in Depok. The purpose of our social action is to share love and entertain the children in the orphanage. I was the treasurer of this social action. The task given to me was to do the financial report and collect all of the transfer proofs. We went to the orphanage by bus. First, we gathered at Trisakti university, then we go together at 7.00 am. When we arrived at the Fajar Baru Orphanage, we were immediately greeted by the Children of the Orphanage. They greeted us warmly. We started the event by having a mass together. After the mass, we had lunch. After that, we continued the event by inviting the children to play games together. We played and sang together. On that day, my friends and I really enjoyed the moment of togetherness with the children. From this activity, the important thing that I learn is that we must always be grateful for what we have, there are many people out there who are less fortunate but they are still grateful for what they have. And we must also always remember to always share that if we have more blessings, we must share with those who are more needed.
Message from Nethania, 2021
Time flies so fast, my 3rd semester is almost finished. Yesterday, from December 20th to December 22nd, 2021, I had a final semester exam. After that we had Christmas holidays until January 5th, 2022, cause my final exam was cut by the Christmas holiday, So from January 6th to January 7th, 2022 I continue doing the final semester exam again. This semester I feel so grateful because I still have a good friend, who always supports me, and helps me when I need help. But I had an unpleasant experience in one subject, the government accounting course. At the beginning of the semester, we formed a group to do a group task. My group consists of five members, two girls, and three boys. Then one of us was chosen to be the leader, and the leader has a duty to manage the work of the group and ensure that the assigned tasks were done well and submitted on time. At first, the cooperation in this group was still good, but over time the cooperation became less good, and one member of us resigned. So we are only four members, and I was the only girl in the group. I was not very happy with their behavior because they lacked initiative in doing group assignments, there was really no awareness to do the work, including the leader of the group. Because they did not have the awareness to do group assignments, I suggested to the group leader to divide the tasks so everyone could be participating in group work. But when the part that has to be done has been distributed, they always delay, some even didn’t do the part, so I often decide to finish everything. Huftt… it was so annoying. I told my close friend about it and asked for her advice, she said it was better for me to handle the assignments for the sake of good grades because otherwise my grades would also be threatened. From this experience, the lessons that can be learned are never to let go of responsibility and always rely on friends. Because in the world of work, we will be required to do a good job and be responsible, and there will be no friends who can always be relied on, so we have to prepare from now.
Last Christmas holiday was so much fun for me because my friends and I are allowed to go home to celebrate Christmas with our families, this is the thing we miss the most. I really enjoyed the holidays, but it was very fast, I need more holidays to gather with my family again. Hopefully, this pandemic will end soon so that everything can be normal again and we can go home as usual, once a month.
Now I have a semester break, I feel relieved, but at the same time I still feel tense, because I still have to wait for the final results, I hope my 3rd-semester grades are good. now My friends and I in the Hati Suci shelter are preparing for a Christmas event which will be held on January 15th, 2022. We will present several performances at the Christmas event, including dance, choir, and drama. I joined the dance show. We are now busy doing the exercise so that we can give our best performance. Actually, I also had a Christmas event at Trisakti University on January 15th, 2022, and I became on the committee of the event. On the same date as the Christmas event at the Hati Suci shelter, I couldn’t attend both events at the same time, so I have to choose one. And I chose to attend the Christmas event at Trisakti University because I was committee of the event.
Message from Nethania, 2021
I can’t believe I had passed two semesters at Trisakti University. Different from the previous semester, this semester my schedule is denser, consisting of nine courses, I study from Monday to Saturday. Learning is done online, and I still feel the lack of ability to understand the materials. To overcome this problem, I looked for more information about the material on the internet and asked my friend who was more understanding. I am very grateful to have many friends who are kind to me and willing to share knowledge, we always help each other. When I have difficulties in studying, my friends are willing to help, and vice versa I also help my friends when they have difficulties.
June 28th, 2021 to July 3rd, 2021 was the final semester exam. The exam was conducted online. Even though it was online, the discipline was still applied. We had to follow the rules that have been applied during the exam. Submitting the exam to the platform provided on time was also one of the rules, if I was late then the consequence was the answer sheet would not be accepted and it will impact my scores. This rule is a bit complicated for me because turning on the camera during the exam makes me less concentrated, and makes me fail to focus. Besides that, for subjects that are related to calculations, the time was very short, so I did the exams in a rush. Although it was complicated, I know the purpose of these rules is to train us to be honest and disciplined.
I’m currently on semester break. The exam period has passed but I can’t calm down because my exam results haven’t been issued yet. During the semester break, I stay at the Hati Suci Shelter. At Hati Suci Shelter we play together, watch movies together, and share laughter together. Before the holidays arrived, actually we had plans for a vacation to Puncak, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and because the condition outside is not conducive, the vacation plan was canceled. My friends and I are really looking forward to this holiday trip but we know it was canceled for our common good. Not only that, due to the outbreak of this pandemic, all activities in the Hati Suci shelter such as dancing, choir, and taichi were also temporarily suspended, the aim is to reduce direct contact with outsiders. This kind of situation makes us bored, but we must still enjoy living it. At this time, we just hope that this pandemic will end soon so that everything can back to normal, and we can carry out normal activities, gather together again without fear, and what we are most looking forward to is going home to meet the family again. We really miss our family at home, we really want to go home, but because of the current conditions we are not allowed to go home. All we can do right now is pray for our families at home so that they stay healthy and protected always.
Message from Nethania, December 2020
Time flies so fast, I’m going to start the second semester. The first semester meant a lot to me, I had very funny classmates. Even though the courses were conducted online, and the materials were difficult to be understood, we helped and supported each other when studying, doing assignments, and having exams, and we were always in the same group for assignments.
On December 14th-19th, I had the final exam for the first semester. I had some difficulties such as a short time to answer the exam, and I didn’t understand the material. When the exam was over, I was very happy, so I could have a holiday, and be able to release my anxiety. But I couldn’t calm down yet because I need to wait to get the results of the exam. I hope my scores are good, so I don’t need to take a remedial class.
In Hati Suci Shelter, this Christmas holiday is different from the previous year. We usually go back to our home to celebrate Christmas with family, but because of the Covid-19 pandemic, I decided to stay in the shelter. The children in the shelter don’t feel sad, we are happy together. We also don’t feel bored because we spend the holidays with laughter, exercise, play games, watch movies and sometimes bake cakes. When we miss our parents or family at home, we can do some calls. Our parents or family are also allowed to visit us, but they must follow the health protocols. We really enjoy our holidays in the shelter because besides we have fun together, we also receive lots of blessings. We are happy because the caregivers are very kind, they try to make us happy and not feel bored during this holiday. We had dinner together in the shelter to celebrate Christmas and New Year.
Message from Nethania, November 2020
I want to say thank you to the Heliconia Scholarship Foundation for trusting me as a grantee of this scholarship by giving me the opportunity to continue my study at university. I know very well that studying in college is not easy, but this is a golden opportunity for me. I will give my best to Heliconia. I have been accepted at Trisakti University, one of the best universities for Accounting major.
At the beginning of the 1st semester, I have 7 courses. I have classes from Monday to Saturday. At first, I was very excited to go to college and to start new learning with new friends, but since Covid 19 pandemic spread, I haven’t met my new friends until now. We must do online learning by using several platforms that have been determined by the university.
I tried to follow the online learning even though it was difficult, but by that time I think the materials were getting more difficult because I didn’t understand the materials which were presented. It was difficult for me to do the assignments and the exams, but I didn’t give up. With this situation, I keep trying by discussing with my friends and seniors and looking for information through books and the internet.
I had a midterm exam on October 19th – 24th 2020, the exams were online too. The lecturers gave questions on Google classroom, and during exams, we were supervised by the lecturers on Zoom. When the exams are completed, the answers must be handed in before the specified time. I was very nervous during the exam because the lecturers were monitoring us. It was difficult because the time given was so short, and there were some obstacles too in sending the answers.
Even though all activities are online, I really salute my friends and seniors, because even though we have never met but we are already close to each other. We often communicate with each other, and my friends and I often sometimes discuss the materials that we don’t understand. We also talk to each other and have some jokes with laughter. I am very happy because the seniors accept me well.
I am so happy too because I could join the Catholic Religious Unit at Trisakti University. We do some activities, such as sharing and playing games together. In October 2020, we also had Rosary pray several times online. We organized online mass together and I also became an officer in this organization. This extracurricular is provided for the Catholic students at Trisakti University. From this organization, I was told that whatever the circumstance that we face right now, there is no reason for us to stop praising God. My impression after joining this spiritual extracurricular is that I am very happy because I could get to know my friends more, we become more intimate, and grow my faith together with friends.