Hello, my name is Labi. I am from Vincentius Putra Shelter located in Central Jakarta. Now I am a student at Tarumanagara University in the Law study program. I started college in 2019 and I have the target to be able to graduate university in three and a half years, which will be in 2023. I feel very happy because the Heliconia Scholarship Foundation wants to help me with tuition fees, and I feel so excited because Heliconia gives challenges to the students to get a GPA (grade point average) of 3.25 minimum, which makes me very motivated in learning. Heliconia really changed my life, because I used to think that I would only be a high school graduate. Thanks to Heliconia I can now be more confident because I can study for a Bachelor’s Degree.
Message from Labi, February 2021
The 3rd semester was very tough because the learning process was still online. I had to study with all limitations, sometimes constrained by the network, sometimes I didn’t understand the materials which were presented. Moreover, in this semester, the new curriculum was implemented in my faculty. I was required to study subjects that I shouldn’t need to take. Honestly, during online learning, sometimes I complain about the internet network, and about the speed of speaking by the lecturer team. But despite all of that, I tried to learn more after the classes were finished. When I study, I always take notes for some important things, and then I will learn them again. As a result, in the 3rd semester, I got a GPA of 3.57. It’s not as high as the last semester, but I will look for a way to understand the online learning process, so I will get better results. Because of the new curriculum, there is an opportunity for me to finish college in 3 and a half years, instead of four years. There is also a new rule that in the 5th semester, the students will be required to choose between study one semester at another faculty or do an internship.
In this semester, I officially became a member of the Students Council. I took part in the research and the development of the department. The tasks which will be carried out by this department are to examine some cases in the community, dissecting the cases so the readers who are not from the law faculty can understand, the right legal basis for the perpetrators, and so on. I also in charge to create and publish Instagram stories about short lessons, articles, and basic legal definitions. Together with the team, I also make the learning modules and write contradictory articles. In the last of October 2020, The Students Council had held a live program due to the pandemic, we decided to focus more on socialization. In this program, I was trusted to be the vice chairman of the committee. This program is arguably a well-executed program.
I also applied for a scholarship that was organized by the university for outstanding students. Before I registered for this scholarship, I forgot to tell Naomi and Sherly at first, so I apologized to them. I hope this pandemic will pass quickly so we can go to campus as we used to do, and be able to interact with my friends again.
Best regards, Labi.
Message from Labi, 2020
This 2nd semester I felt a bit unpleasant because in this semester many campus activities were done from home by using online media or the internet. Because of Covid 19, the Indonesian government issued a regulation to study from home. We must use a mask and keep social distance to reduce the spread of this virus. To be honest, when I heard this regulation regarding study from home, I thought I would be foolish if I did not find the alternatives or other ways to understand the materials that I’ve learned.
Indeed, if we talk about the use of technology for online learning, it’s cool, because we can learn what was developed in the world today. But in my opinion, this online learning is very ineffective, because sometimes we may lack concentration about what is explained by the lecturer. Honestly, when I did online learning, there were many materials that I couldn’t understand. I also think that if the next several months we still do this method of learning, I will definitely not make it. So the only way I can do this is when the online class is over, I will ask the material that I learn that day, and I will learn it by myself. If there is something I don’t understand I will ask in the next online class.
This semester, my friends and I from the Law faculty were planning on selecting new student council chairpersons. I am a member of the committee, so I use this opportunity to learn the process of how to be the head of the student council. So maybe later I also can become the next candidate.
The university website has programming problem recently, so I couldn’t check my grades for the 2nd semester. Hopefully, my grades are better than the previous semester.
Message from Labi, 2020
Getting a GPA score of 3.47 in the odd semester was not something easy for me, being a freshman in the Law major. My seniors said that in the early semesters it would be very difficult to get a good GPA. The lecturers also said the same thing to us. As the class president, I said to my friends that the words said by the seniors didn’t need to be concerned, but we should make a good spirit in the study and make those words from seniors as our reference, we should study even more so we will get a good GPA.
In this odd semester, I also got many good friends, who are my classmates and some of my seniors. I am very happy when I can get closer with them because from them I can learn more about Law. When there is something I do not understand about a course, I can ask them and they will help me. There are also some of my friends who feel happy when talking to me, especially when we talk about life. Many of my classmates are from rich families, but they never experienced pure happiness in life.
I was also busy with a number of activities at campus, one activity is that I participated in the BEM organization (Student Council) in my faculty. All Law students got the invitation to register for the election. Total registrants were around 260. A week after the registration time, we were scheduled for interviews. Only 60 students would be accepted. One week after the interview, the faculty issued an announcement, I saw my name on the list. I passed the interview.
A month later after the election, on October 6th to 8th 2019, we participated in Leadership Training activities. There were 60 students who were accepted, only 57 students took part in this training. After the training, we were declared to be officially young members of the Law faculty.
Besides joining the student council, I also had many assignments in class. Honestly, I was so bored when I was given a lot of assignments. Some of my friends asked the Lecturer, why should we repeat the material so often? The Lecturer only answers that many of us do not understand the material, and therefore the material continues to be repeated.
From February 6th to 8th 2020, the students in Law Sociology class went to a village to conduct field research about how people in Lampung apply the rules in their society. The conclusion was that the people in Lampung are friendly, and indeed many of those are very obedient to the rules. I also asked a man to what extent the residents are aware of the laws in Lampung province. He answered that the community obeys the law, and they will get the consequences if they disobeyed the law because the leaders here can quickly make a new rule for us.
Basically, during my first semester, I feel very happy because I have been through many things. Whatever is good or bad I still enjoy the experiences and I am grateful. I am grateful when I am still given a problem from God because the ancients said that experience is the best teacher. As long as we struggle, there will be something to be achieved. There is one novel that I have read, I quote a very good sentence “if you want something, try to get it because the universe will also help you to achieve what you have fought as long as you still want to fight”.
Message from Labi, 2020
First I want to tell you how happy I was when I was accepted as a new student in university. There were various kinds of feelings when I was welcomed as a new student, first I felt very happy because I get new friends, and felt so happy because I will be an intellectual man by joining the university. My happiness arose when I think that I am a lucky person because there are many children out there who can’t get this scholarship. I’m enthusiastic because one day I will be an independent man and can solve my own problems in life without depending on anybody anymore. I’m also very tired because there are so many activities in the university, but that is exactly what I will face during college. Those are the feelings that I felt as a new student in university.
When I received the schedule and started my activities at campus, I was confused because the schedule was different from my schedule in vocational high school. There were eight hours of study a day in high school, but there are only two hours of study a day in university.
The first time I entered the class, my friends in the class chose me to be The Class Leader. It motivated me to study more by doing the tasks that are given to me. The next day I was upset by a lecturer because he denied my question. From that moment, I started to dislike that subject, but somehow I still respect his policies and decided to join his class. His teaching system is very ineffective, he gave us five titles and divided us into five groups to do a presentation. Why do I say ineffective, because we only learn about the topic of our presentation and don’t learn about the other topics that other groups learn.
The next experience was when I joined a competition event between new students in university called Constitutional Drafting. In this event we learn about the basics of Law, such as Governing Body, Management body, we were also required to take part in an activity called Leadership Training. In Leadership Training, we were taught to not get angry easily at others, to be more inferior, to be more respectful of one another, and therefore I participated in this activity with great enthusiasm. I, even more, happier when my friends and I become The Champion of Constitutional Drafting Competition.