The Jakarta Post - SPEAK! - - Main Feature - Words: Sekar Kris­nauli T.

Ichose jour­nal­ism in my se­nior year of high school as I fully re­al­ized the im­por­tance of be­ing in­formed and “in the know.”

As a young woman liv­ing in a world of end­less op­por­tu­ni­ties, un­der­stand­ing how the world and how peo­ple work helped me achieve my goals.

Com­ing into my sec­ond year of col­lege at Bos­ton Univer­sity as an as­so­ciate cam­pus news editor, I’ve gained some jour­nal­is­tic ex­pe­ri­ences. With each of them, I found an ad­ven­ture.

I joined my col­lege’s news­pa­per in fresh­man year as a staff writer. It in­ter­view­ing im­por­tant men and women, talk­ing to ran­dom civil­ians, work­ing un­der tight dead­lines.

How­ever, as chal­leng­ing as it was, I met re­ally in­ter­est­ing peo­ple, went to places I never thought I’d go and learned some­thing new in each and ev­ery step - mak­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence beau­ti­ful and lively.

My most re­cent story was my shoot­ing of a man near cam­pus. – and went to the top of my most-ex­cit­ing-things-I’ve-ever-done list.

I got to work along­side pro­fes­sional jour­nal­ists, state scared most of the time I was on scene, but the ex­cite­ment it en­tailed was worth the fear.

Another thing that’s awe­some about jour­nal­ism: It is never bor­ing.

Most im­por­tantly, through my writ­ing, I found the power to ed­u­cate peo­ple - to make them think or feel.

Fur­ther­more, I ed­u­cated my­self - I make my­self think, feel and ques­tion why and how be­cause there will al­ways be an an­swer.

You’ll never be en­tirely sure where that one an­swer might take you. All I know is that it will take you even fur­ther and you will go far.

For the fu­ture, I hope I’ll be able to con­tinue do­ing this thing that I love, from New York City or the Mid­dle East.Wish me luck!

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