My name is Rizky. I live in Vincentius Putra Shelter. I currently study at Pertamina University, majoring in Chemical Engineering. I started studying in 2019 and will finish in 2023. My feeling when I was chosen to receive the Heliconia Scholarship was very happy because I don’t need to think about the costs. I don’t need to burden my parents and relatives with it. I’m driven and full of ambition to not disappoint everyone who helps me, and I will strive to get good grades. Heliconia has provided me with opportunities that others might find difficult to obtain. I will try to convince the Heliconia Scholarship Foundation that they are not wrong in choosing me to receive the scholarship. Heliconia helped me to reach my goal to study in the Chemical Engineering department. This is a true gift to me.
Message from Rizky, January 2021
The 3rd semester was quite tough because I had to face some courses which refer to chemical engineering. Many new materials that I really didn’t know before. As a result, I felt a little difficulty when studying the subjects. Also, this semester’s courses are entirely run online. The question and answer process was deemed ineffective if I did not understand the material, and also the practicum which was carried out online makes the tasks overload. Fortunately, I have a study group and a partner that I can invite to discuss the difficult materials together.
There were various difficulties in the 3rd semester, especially the study time and technical issues. When attending online class, I often left the meeting because of the internet problem which suddenly turns off. In the end, I had to buy internet credit, so I could join the class again. The laptop also not good enough to open two applications at once, so it often crashes. I would like to add more memory on my laptop next time to solve this problem. In the shelter, the sleeping hours are now limited. I need to start sleep at 10 PM according to the shelter’s rule, it makes me hardly finish my tasks on time, especially when I have so many tasks. I never put off on doing my assignments, but the tasks are so many. I have spoken to the head of the shelter that it is difficult for me to have limited sleep hours. Actually, I am also tired of doing those tasks, but I still have to set aside the hours of sleep for the sake of the assignments. In the end, this semester could be passed well.
During this semester, I did many things. I joined a committee program called MOTK. MOTK is the Chemical Engineering Orientation Period. I became the mentor leader who directs the mentors, arranges the assignments for the new students in a chemical engineering major, gives announcements and directions to the new students. This activity takes a lot of my time because the program starts in the afternoon until the evening. My challenge is in managing my time between doing the assignments and attending the events. I left the gameplay because I don’t have time to play the game anymore. Besides that, I also attended various seminars to fill my time and increase my knowledge.
In the end, I passed this 3rd semester well. I got a GPA of 3.87. This result is good enough for me. In the future, I will try to maintain and even improve my GPA. Thank you to The Heliconia Scholarship Foundation for supporting me during this lecture process.
Message from Rizky, 2020
When I started studying in the 2nd semester, there was no obstacle during the study before the Covid-19 pandemic. I attended classes, tutorials, practicums, extracurricular activities well. The lecturers teach with a method that was easy to be understood. When I had difficulty in understanding the explanation, I was given a personal explanation by the lecturer. I also have some friends who are very supportive of learning, we discussed each other so we could overcome the difficulties. Things went very smoothly before the pandemic.
In March 2020, I attended a night of togetherness for students in Bogor, West Java for two days. The activities were very exciting. Some of my friends brought toys to play together, lots of snacks for us to eat together, we had barbeques, shared stories, took pictures, we also played games in groups.
After that event was finished, I got an announcement that the teaching and learning activities will be online until the end of the semester because of the Covid-19 pandemic. When online learning was begun, I felt the atmosphere of teaching and learning was very different because the lecturers only explained the materials in PowerPoint. They used to teach us by using a blackboard and explained to us step by step. There were also some lecturers who only sent modules and explained by using sound recordings and sent us the YouTube links. There were also some lecturers who did not explain anything but often gave us assignments. I hope I could study independently and understand the material by myself. To anticipate the misunderstanding, my friends and I created a WhatsApp group, so we can learn together online, this idea was quite effective for us.
My practicum class was done online, I think it’s unique. The lecturers provided videos for practicum procedures, provided data to be analyzed, and I did the practicum report. The final semester exam was conducted online. There were several courses and group project assignments in the exam. This 2nd semester, my GPA is decreased because I lacked in preparing for the English exam and got an unsatisfactory grade for the creative problem-solving subject. In the future, I promise to be more serious in learning, so I can improve my GPA for next semester. I thank the Heliconia Scholarship Foundation for supporting my study. I will prove that this foundation is not wrong in choosing me by increasing my grades during college.
Message from Rizky, 2020
After attending lessons for 3 months at Pertamina University, I don’t have any obstacles in attending classes, community or campus activities, and social relations. I was quite happy when I knew that some lecturers who teach me are from ITB (one of the best Public universities in Bandung). It motivates and encourages me to be more serious in learning. My main problem is that I often get sleepy during lessons, especially in some subjects such as Critical Thinking class, English class, and Chemistry class. Indeed, my weakness is I can’t listen to the Lecturer for too long, especially for some subjects that I am not interested in. I handle this by taking notes of the lessons that I don’t understand and then I review my notes at night.
When the Mid Test results came out, thank God I got pretty good scores. But I am not satisfied with this result because there are some scores that are still below 80, and in my opinion, it is not good, especially the TTKI score which is very unsatisfactory. Indeed I made a mistake because of underestimating this lesson. As a result, I got a bad grade. But I was confused with the Critical Thinking subject because I felt confident with this subject but unfortunately, the result is not pretty good. The lecturer did not share or show the assessment criteria so I thought that the assessment was subjective. For the remainder of this semester, I will study even harder so I can get an ‘A’ score in all subjects and my minimum GPA target to achieve is 3.60.
Message from Rizky, 2020
During my 1st semester at Pertamina University, I got many lessons, especially science and life lessons. When I was in high school, my study was based on Catholic values. Now I study with friends from different religious backgrounds, which makes me love diversity more. During my campus activities, I take lessons according to the class schedule, complete assignments with friends in break time, go to the library to read books, chill out in the canteen. We play games, eat, chat, complete our tasks, and discuss with friends about the lessons.
I joined some extra activities at university. I joined Chemical Engineering Student Association as an administrator, I became a committee for UPMOAR (Art Organization at university) as a decoration section, and I also registered as a general election committee for BEM UP (university students association).
This 1st semester, I was struggling to get the best grades, I studied more at home until late at night. When there was any material that I didn’t understand, I watched videos about those lessons on YouTube, and I discussed with friends about the material. I also often consult with the guardian lecturer about lecture matters.
I have attended some seminars to get more knowledge about my study. I think this will be useful for me in the future. After struggling during the 1st semester, finally I got a 3.93 GPA, and I’m very grateful for this. In the future, I will try to keep my grades good.