My name is Gracia Kristina, you can call me Gracia. I was raised at Hati Suci Shelter. I study at Pancasila University, one of the best Pharmacy majors of all Indonesian private universities. I started my study in September 2019. I was very happy and grateful when I got this scholarship. I am so thankful to Heliconia for trusting me. I will never give up until I reach my dreams. My dreams are that I want to work in the health sector and open a pharmaceutical business. My commitment to Heliconia is that I will study hard to get the best grades and never disappoint everyone who helps me.
Message from Gracia, February 2021
In the 3rd semester, I started my practice lessons on November 30th, 2020 until February 1st, 2021. My classes are used to be online during covid-19, but in January, I started back to campus to do my practice lessons. I went to campus once every two weeks. Even the students already back to study at the campus, but we had limited students in the class. There were around 12 to 15 students in each classroom. We mostly had online classes, I had so many assignments but unfortunately, I couldn’t access the library pages on the university website. I must manage my study time well.
In this semester I joined the Pharmacy Fair as documentation division and that was my first experience as a committee at university. I also joined the Inauguration Event. The inauguration event was be held in November 2020. Then in December, I joined the university Christmas Eve event. All of those events were done online.
My Christmas holiday started on December 21st, 2020 until January 3rd, 2021. I spent my Christmas holiday in the shelter because of this pandemic, I couldn’t back home to visit our parents. I must take a PCR test if we decide to back home, while the PCR test is expensive. So I decided to stay in the shelter. Most of the children in the shelter didn’t go home and we celebrated Christmas and New Year together. We had special dinners together on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. We grilled some corn, fish, and sausages, and we were so happy and enjoy it together.
I hope this pandemic can finish soon and we all stay healthy.
Message from Gracia, 2020
I started the 2nd semester in March 2020. After two weeks, when the coronavirus spread in Indonesia, all of my classes must be done online. The online classes were according to the lectures’ schedule. I don’t like the online classes because I have difficulty in understanding the lessons, also sometimes the internet network is not stable. I’m sad because this semester I can’t do my lab work at the campus. Because of this pandemic, I also can’t meet my lovely friends.
My middle exam and final exam were online. The time to do the exam was so short because we were given only 1 hour for about 50-60 questions. In several subjects, such as Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Physics, and Chemical Analysis, I felt that I really needed more time to finish it.
Because of this pandemic, I become closer with my friends in the shelter. Every morning, we always do exercise together. I often help them to finish their homework too. When they were on holiday, we wanted to make their holiday so fun. So, we decided to create an event. This event was held for four days. On the first day, there was a sports competition and this was a good start because they were so happy. On the second day, there was a storytelling competition and we were so amazed because their performances were perfect. On the third day, there were special performances from each group, there were four groups and they were looking so cute. On the last day, we had a trivia quiz, TikTok battle dance, and we made an activity like on the ‘running man’ Korean tv show.
All of us were so happy. We, the college students as the committee in that event were so hard to choose the winner because they were so great at each competition.
I hope this pandemic can pass soon, so we can meet our friends, family, and all people who make our days colorful again. I hope our activities can run as usual. Thanks for taking the time to read my story.
Message from Gracia, 2020
Hello, I want to tell you about my experience in my 1st semester. I was so happy because I could study in every lesson this semester very well. I also joined the Wall Magazine organization at the campus, and I was elected as a treasurer. I was so happy to be part of this organization.
On December 13th, 2019, I joined Christmas Eve at University. That was my first Christmas with my campus friends. My Christmas holiday started on December 20th, 2019 until January 6th, 2020. I spent my holiday with my family, but during the holiday I also had to study to prepare for the final exam that was held on January 7th, 2020. The final exam was started on January 7th to 22th 2020, it was about 2 weeks examination. Before I faced the final exam, my friends and I studied together during the holiday. When the final exam was done, we have a holiday again until we started the next semester.
On January 18th, 2020, my friends and I at the Hati Suci shelter held a Christmas celebration too. We invited our parents to attend this Christmas Celebration, and we gave them special show performances. In January I also celebrated Chinese New Year with my family. I visited my grandma’s house.
Message from Gracia, 2020
First, I want to say thank you for trusting me by giving me a university scholarship. I am very pleased and excited to learn new lessons. I was accepted to Pancasila University (UP), one of the best Pharmacy Major in Indonesian Private University.
In this first semester, I have 11 subjects. I have class every Monday to Friday. Every Friday, I joined Congregational Fellowship (worship) and I joined an extracurricular called Wall Magazine Club. I also participated in a camping event that was held for three days in Arra Lembah Pinus, Puncak. In that event, we worshipped God, played games, and had fun together. By joining that event, I got many friends from various faculties.
The activities of the academic society are also required special attention because the subjects are difficult and the lecturer doesn’t have enough time to give attention to every student, because there are many students in the class. So, I try to reread again the materials and I need to learn it by myself, and looking for the information from the internet. During mid-test, I studied at home alone, and sometimes with my friends. I must study hard to get good scores. When I was doing the Human Anatomy practice exam, suddenly I got the information from my mother that my grandmother passed away. That news made me sad and disturbed my concentration when I doing the exam. It was a very bad day and I hate that day.
That was my experience until the middle of the semester. I get many new experiences since I started to study at university!