Hello, My name is Wina. I’m from Hati Suci Shelter. I have an interest in studying in the medical or health field, that’s the reason I want to become a surgical nurse. My hobby are listening to the music, reading books and I also love to learn new things. I will study at Sint Carolus University, majoring in Nursing. I am very grateful to be selected to receive this scholarship, I am very happy because I have the opportunity to be trusted to achieve my dream. I will be responsible, and will optimistic in achieving my goals.
I come from a broken family. I was sold by my biological family to a couple who I called father and mother. My adopted mother died in a train accident when I was 4 years old. After that, my adopted father married another woman and the atmosphere in our family changed rapidly. From that marriage, they have two children who love me. When I was young, I was educated hardly and I was required to get good grades. I want to thank my adopted mother, who has built my mental growth stronger than other children. One day, my adopted father died in an accident that happened in 2019, when I was in grade 10. I lived with my adopted mother and her family. When I lived with her, I used to have to get up early in the morning to take the first train so I wouldn’t be late for school. Due to busy activities and insufficient rest hours, my body was susceptible to disease. That’s why I was placed in the Beth Shalom Shelter that wasn’t far from my school.
After finishing 10th grade, I got news from my grandmother that I will be moved to the Hati Suci shelter. After three months living in the Hati Suci shelter, my adopted mother suddenly disappears, she didn’t want to have any relationship with me anymore. I chose to stay here because it was the best for me. In the shelter, I learned many things. I learned about society, I learned about what family is, how to socialize, I learned to appreciate others, and so on. I feel joy and sorrow, jokes and laughter, I am grateful living in the shelter. I also had the opportunity to study. I am not very sociable, I tend to be introverted, I tend to be able to open up to people I really trust. However, I am a good listener, and I am an open-minded person.
I will be responsible for the trust that has been given to me. I will give the best of me so I can achieve my dreams and goals. I will bring the name of the Hati Suci shelter and Heliconia to be better through my attitude. Thank you Heliconia for trusting me.
Message from Wina, August 2022
First of all, I would like to thank the Heliconia Scholarship foundation for allowing me to pursue higher education. Now I am preparing myself for the 3rd semester. I am excited and nervous at the same time.
The 2nd-semester lectures had lots of practicums. I was happy because I could learn in the laboratory, and met the lecturers and some of my friends. Besides studying at the academy, I learn how to socialize. I participated in several competitions and event committees (International Nursing Day, and Dies Natalis) to gain experience. I also registered myself in the Student Association Organization (HIMA). I learned to manage my time, and although I still often get stuck, I keep learning. Studying on campus was held several times to discuss one or two things, we were asked to raise funds of IDR 15 million and we managed to get it by selling products and other activities. I was stressed in managing my time but I can get through it.
On May 21st, 2022, Mrs. Wenny (Deputy Director of the Hati Suci shelter) celebrated her birthday. She invited all Hati Suci children. I prayed for her to stay healthy and happy. Naomi (Heliconia’s Head of Student Affairs) held a video meeting and I shared my grievances and burdens with her. I realized what I need is to do my best, not do it perfectly. That’s why I was a little more gentle with myself, thank you Naomi for awakening me.
I went to Dufan (an entertainment park) with other Hati Suci children. It was very pleasant to release stress and relax the body and mind. In July 2022, I became an Assistant Lecturer for an English course. July 13th was my birthday, even though it was a simple celebration, I cherished that moment. I received many greetings and gifts from my lecturers, friends, and family. My grandma gave me food to eat together, and I received lots of cakes from the English lecturer, my friends, my sister, and the campus staff.
LDK (Basic Leadership Training) was also carried out. We went camping in Bogor, West Java. We cooked ourselves using a portable stove and played various games. Then, I was officially inaugurated as a member of the SEMA-HIMA organization. I got a position as Deputy Chair of the Nursing Student Association. I hope I can manage my time better, and hopefully, the next semester will be even better. I hope I can advance the name of the campus even better.
Message from Wina, January 2022
First I will always say thank you to the Heliconia Scholarship Foundation. Without Heliconia, it would be difficult for me to go to college. I am also happy that I have the opportunity to join a university. At St. Carolus University, I have learned a lot about the code of ethics, medical matters, diagnostic methods, and others.
Because of the health protocol, I still study online. However, it didn’t stop me from continuing to study. The final semester exam was from November 2021 to January 2022. In December 2021, I was busy studying, but I was able to spare some time to help the shelter decorate for Christmas and New Year. I also sketched Mr. Joseph’s face (former head of the Hati Suci shelter) for his birthday and the face of my uncle who lives in Belgium.
I was happy because I had one week of Christmas holiday from campus. During the holidays, I couldn’t go home to my grandmother’s house, so I stayed at Pingping’s house. Pingping is my friend who lives in the shelter too. I spent my holidays studying and playing with the dogs at her house. There are seven dogs, five of them are puppies. They are very cute. I played with them when I got stressed.
In January 2022, I went to Mrs. Francisca’s grave with Mr. Joseph (they are a couple who are the former Head of the Hati Suci shelter). After visiting the grave, we went to Chimory in Bogor, West Java. In the shelter, I carry out duties as a nurse to do swab tests for the children and employees.
On January 3rd, 2022, I went to college to take some lessons and also do the exam. After the end-of-semester exams are over, I got free time that I used to take makeup and flower arrangement classes held by the shelter. May this year be a blessing for me, you (who read this), and also the Heliconia Scholarship Foundation.
Message from Wina, November 2021
Thank you to the Heliconia Scholarship Foundation for making me one step forward to achieving my dream to be a nurse. I am also happy that I’ve been accepted at St. Carolus University. I learn a lot of medical things, how to write a diagnosis, spirituality, and else.
Because Covid-19 is still a threat, I started my lectures online. I find it quite difficult to learn about health online because there are some things that must be practiced directly in the lab. But after Covid subsided a bit, I was vaccinated. I could visit campus to take some references and borrow books, but I must follow the health protocols. I met new friends from various ethnic groups, races, and religions. My friends and I created a small group to learn online, tell jokes, and share stories. There were many assignments given to us by lecturers, assignments to make papers, presentations, and others.
On November 11th, 2021, I had a midterm exam starting with the Biomedical course. I studied every night for a month before the exam. I was excited, scared, and feeling challenged. I cried a little because I was stressed. However, the effort never betrays the results. My grades are good, and even though my target value is not achieved I am still grateful. I got good grades too for the lab exam. Subsequent exams went well and got good grades. I spend a lot of time studying, joining seminars, and spending time in the shelter. I was stressed but I could handle it though. I hope to remain consistent and will always be enthusiastic in my studies. I hope I can go home, so I can meet my family. I miss them very much, it’s been a long time since we’ve met.