Saturday, October 1, 2016

how september was

September is the time when I saw people that are close to me grow fastly. My senior (batch 2012) are already graduated. Tia and I bought a person for Mas Gatsu, our inspirative senior that we always adore. I'm glad to know that Mas Gatsu is already accepted in ITS graduate school with a major in urban management. On this month a relative of mine also got married. She is actually my mother's cousin, but her age is only three years apart of me.  I never thought that she is going to married her friend which is a sweet thing!

Talking about school-related stuffs, I get the chance to be a lecturer assistant again. This time is about urban planning studio, not statistics just like last semester. I wish that I'll be able to handle all this stuffs while juggling with my bachelor thesis proposal.

The morning before my senior's graduation celebration, J and I went to Mangrove Wonorejo for sunrise hunting. It was my second visit after more than two years. It's still the same place, except the management has lengthen the front side bridge. J and I came too early, so that we couldn't access the jogging track. Thankfully, the other area are always open for public.

Last but not least, I finally have a new bachelor thesis proposal and already become a member of the computation lab. I used to be not interested with computation lab since Year 1 just because I dislike GIS-related stuffs, even I know that those things would help my career as a planner. Things changes and I find out that I'm actually more into blue sky research that are driven by curiosity rather than worst case-based/fact vs theory research (what?). I might write a separate piece about this thing after I'm done with my studio proposal.

Happy Saturday!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

tiny creature

Babies are amazing. 

At least that's what I know from the writings that I've read and what my mom have said. A few days ago I was stalking one of my favorite social media influencer on instagram. She is the creative director of a Jakarta-based pop-up card company. I really adore her attitude, style, and parenting style (I'm feeling more mature when I write this). Once she wrote on her post that she always communicate with her baby - without using the baby language - ever since he was still in the womb. The message itself was simple. She wants her baby boy to grow as a good boy. Amazingly, her son, who is now a one year old toddler, is calm boy. This thing reminds me of a moment where my mother and I met my father's colleague who was bringing her baby to another colleague's wedding. My family and her were invited to the akad which was held in the morning. Since the venue is located a bit far from Bogor, she had to get ready at 5 in the morning. The night before she talked to her baby, asking him to wake up earlier on the next the day. Her baby boy made it. He woke up after the mother finished the subuh prayer. 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

make the last two semesters count

I'm officially in senior year now! Whoop whoop, that gonna a be tough journey to go. This December I'm going to have my bachelor thesis proposal defence. I supposed to continue the proposal that I was working on last semester, but I changed my mind because of several things. My previous supervisor continue her study in Japan starting this September and without her I'm kinda losing hope. She told me that she couldn't supervise me till graduation last July, just several days before Eid. I know this sounds cheesy, but Mrs. R is the one who believes in my potential and making this proposal possible. She seems the one and only in my department who is concern aboutsystem dynamics as a part of urban planning since system dynamics isn't popular in my department (but later I found out that I was totally wrong!).

Moving on, my academic supervisor told me to consult my topic with him or Mr.C. I never thought that both of them actually are working in system dynamics field. On the second week I'm going to apply to the lab for my bachelor thesis' supervision. I hope that everything will flow smoothly until graduation day.

Talking about the future, I still have no clear idea what I'm going to do after September 2017. An NGO office where I worked as an intern last holiday offered me and my fellow intern mates job for fresh graduates as an junior researcher, just like our co-supervisor. I also haven't declare my choice, whether I'm going to work as a planner or an academia. Going back to school, conducting a research, and helping the youth to grow their interest in planning always seem interesting to me. Last semester I made my very first attempt as an lecturer asistant for statistics class, which was exciting yet a bit tiring. So far being an academia is my strongest will. I haven't see the big picture of being a professional planner clearly, beside the advantages of hopping from one place to another and financially secure. So, let's see where I'll be standing next year.

Until next time,