It almost feels like it simply was yesterday when I was in a plane and did not really know what to expect, however, excited for what the future had on behalf of me. Currently, I am back home with a lot of memories, and plenty of stories to share. I do not even know where to start now that I am writing regarding on my experience as an exchange student for a whole semester at Universitas Bakrie.
Following the MoU between Universitas Bakrie and Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), the students from UUM are ready to exchange students to Universitas Bakrie located at Rasuna Epicentrum Area Jl. HR Rasuna Said Kav C – 22, Kuningan, South Jakarta. We are the first batch here to exchange students and thank God they were very welcoming and all of the staff, dosen, and students were very nice. The student exchange here is me, Nor Zaiwafaa and my two other friends Nur Afifah and Amirah Diyana. Here, we were given the opportunity to stay in a Kosan where each of us was provided with our own rooms.
The Bakrie University environment is very different that makes the experience of undergoing this exchange program more interesting. Where how the learning process, culture, and the surrounding environment here are also very different from UUM. Where it is located in the city areas and there are many malls and traffic here, which were very differ from the greenery surrounding in UUM. Also, I did make a lot of friends and met so many people here during the exchange programs. We get a lot of help in learning from lectures and friends, and when there are things we do not know and needed help, Mba Devi will always manage us reliably.
Run For Zoo program organized by Universitas Bakrie Komunikasi Politik class
Kepulauan Seribu with Embassy Malaysia Jakarta
In addition, we have gained many new experiences in Indonesia, especially when we were asked to do a project to bring all political communications classmates to the Embassy of Malaysia, which brought us closer to the Embassy of Malaysia in Jakarta, and they also invited us to participate in many embassy programs, watch the football match together and also visit the Thousand Islands of Indonesia. We also did join programs made by Universitas Bakrie students such as Run For Zoo in Zoo Ragunan, Jakarta.
Apart from that, Bakrie University's treat us exceptionally pleasant they get us to see how graduation (wisuda) in Universitas Bakrie are and furthermore bring us to visit Indonesia. Where, we have been taken to the Kota Tua Jakarta, Bogor and also to Bandung just before we go home. Through this, we can learn many cultures in Indonesia. Besides the lovely and beautiful atmosphere of Indonesia.
Being in the exchange program has taught me a lot of things. I have grown and my perspective has changed in ways I never would have imagined. I can now say that I am more independent, appreciate my family and friends more, open to new ideas, more adventurous and higher self-confident. It was the best time in my life to participate in this exchange program at Universitas Bakrie Indonesia and I will always remember all the experience and it will always be something I always cherish.