When I entered into the Balairung University of Indonesia hall as a graduate, I felt embarrassed.
Although managed to pass the 3.5 years, I regret my undergraduate thesis did not get an A and my last semester GPA is not cumlaude. (My total GPA is cumlaude)
In my final semester, I get sudden realization that I had the lack of achievement and contribution to UI. What have I done for these past year?
I remembered the reason why I wanted to join UI, It is when I was 6 years old. The riots in May 1998 caused a lot of activity stopped. Although I was small, I remembered the atmosphere were tense, scary because I live in the Mbah's house (grandpa) that is located right next provincial road where frequent intercity buses went back and forth. The front porch of the Mbah's house often became a place for people who wait for intercity bus.
At that time.the road were so quiet, people are afraid to leave the house and a lot stalls were closed. I remembered my mom asked me to cut corners since it was dangerous to go to market. The worst news for me was preschool also closed. I really like the school, the May riots seize my greatest happiness: the school.
"Je, wear your jackets. If the situation deteriorates, we will go through the back door. Umi has prepared important documents such as birth certificates and some clothes. "
"We will go, Mi? Leave the house? "
"Yes, if the situation is getting serious (dangerous). "
"Umi not sure yet, but if Umi says we go, we go."
Immediately I felt anxious and sad.
I did not want to leave the house. I pray that this unrest over so I can go back to school and do not need to leave the house.
Thank God my prayers were answered.
When I heard the news, I know that the UI students successfully entered the House of Representative Building.
At that time, I consider UI students as heroes, and I promised myself that time, I'll go in the UI and want to be like them.
Time pass and I forgot promise that I made when I was 6 years old
Now, I wonder what have I done in UI? for UI? Have I Managed to be a hero?
I shook my head.
It felt so ashamed at myself.
How could I forget and do not utilize my time well.
"Veritas, Probitas, Iustitia. Truth, Honesty, Justice. You'll often hear in college. You as a UI alumni, should remember and apply them wherever you are. "*
I was stunned to hear what prof. Anis, Rector of UI said during a speech.
He does not discuss the GPA as a measure of success or characteristic UI alumni.
he did not mention winning trophy as proof to be hero or UI alumni.
I felt I was given a second chance.
I still can improve myself and do not embarrass University of Indonesia.
Yes there is a chance, if I can remember and always apply Veritas, Probitas, Iustitia
Thank God and Thanks to Prof. Anis!
I hope I can apply Veritas, Probitas, Iustitia
Btw, congratulations on the election and inauguration of Prof. Anis as Rector of UI.
Good Luck Sir!
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