Speak to Change!




This is not something you see very often. Me, standing on the stage in front of that many people. I was always curious about how does it feel, and it felt great!

I am always interested in sharing useful things to others. This has started since I was in university. As research coordinator where I then shared the research in forums; as training and development in student organization; even last year when I joined the IISB (Indonesian Islamis Society of Brisbane) and volunteered in organizing the annual camping event where we filled it out with a lot of sharing sessions, team building, and problem solving activities. But I always felt that there were a lot of things that need to be improved in me : on my self-confidence, on how to deliver material that is clear and easy to understand, on how to speak in public.

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Hello World!


Those are the most suitable words to describe what I truly felt, when all the immigration paperworks were done, office matters were resolved, and plane ticket was already confirmed. I’m coming to Australia!

Most people think that it was so sudden. But for me, it is actually a dream since a decade ago, delayed but delivered nonetheless. It was possibly started since the day I collected all those international study expo brochures, browsed through overseas university websites, and finally took an IELTS test as requirement for a scholarship application (which was a failure, by the way).

But I guess then the work and daily routines got into me, and those dream were buried by itself. I even enrolled (and finally graduated) from a ‘domestic’ master program, just out of curiosity and thirst for learning and doing something more than just work. But still, the idea of study and living overseas were still kept somewhere inside.

Then it came.

A short email from my employer, stated that there are ‘tickets’ for 100 employees having the dream to experience overseas postgraduate study. I applied without hesitation. Turned out that the most basic skill that you gotta have is all about language — English to be specific. Several steps were following, including aptitude test, interview, [and another] english test. Add GMAT/GRE for those applying for MBA program, which wasn’t the case for me.

Long story short, here I am now in Brisbane. Waiting eagerly to start my classes next week. To experience what it’s like to have open discussions and arguments in classes, to be forced to have critical thinking and analysis, and all other things that they pumped into my nerve system all over this orientation week.

Well I guess I’m ready now. Bring it on!