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STUDY ABROAD INCREASE ADAPTABILITY
Afifah Puspitaliza and Lisa Utari, two students of FE UNY, are studying for one semester at Kasetsart University in this even semester. Although the classes are still conducted online, both of them have been in Bangkok, Thailand since the end of last year. Ifah and Lisa, as they are usually called, are participants in the One Semester Scholarship Program for ASEAN Students: In Celebration of the 80th Anniversary of Kasetsart University (OSSPAS). This program gives them the opportunity to take 3 courses for one semester until May 17, 2022.
Lecture activities on campus they live smoothly. Ifah herself was amazed by the lectures there. "It's fun, comfortable, the campus is cool, the service is fast and easy," he said.
Ifah, who is a 2018 S1 Accounting student, aspires to travel the world. Therefore, participating in a program like this is the first step and motivation for this alumnus of SMA N 1 Banjarbaru, South Kalimantan, to be able to hone soft skills and hard skills, add knowledge and experience, learn to adapt in other countries.
In line with Ifah, Lisa has also long wanted to study abroad because of her belief in the various educational benefits and experiences that will be gained. "Studying and living abroad in my opinion is a very appropriate way to develop myself into a more independent and adaptable person. In addition, of course, this valuable experience is very useful to increase my knowledge and open and broaden my views on many things. No only about the lecture system, but also about the way of life, friendship, and much more," explained the alumnus of SMK N 1 Wonosari.
Even though they are still in Southeast Asia, Ifah and Lisa feel the different languages, cultures, and lives that challenge them. "People here rarely speak English and the letters are also different," said Ifah. Lisa added, looking for halal food there also requires more effort. "(So far) I cook, before fasting I also cook often enough to save money," explained Lisa. They continue to carry out their Ramadan worship in Bangkok smoothly and safely. "It's just that we live in Bangkok, which is not a Muslim area, so we don't feel the vibes," explained Lisa, who is also studying in the same study program.
Ifah invites FE UNY students not to stop trying if they want to study abroad. "Don't give up, keep on sharpening your English. Improve your achievements, and don't hesitate to try," he said. (fdhli)
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