Roads less taken
WELCOME BACK, readers. I hope your school vacations were great and that your Lebaran was festive ( mohon maaf lahir batin, by the way).
Speak! is focusing on university life this issue, with stories on students who’ve chosen unusual majors, how to convince your parents to let you study overseas and how campus life is different in the West.
For most of us, college is the capstone of our education. It’s the last time when we will have the time – and the duty – to intellectually explore and develop our critical thinking skills in our daily life.
out what we want to do with our lives.
For me, I left high school, where I was one of the smart kids, for university, where all of a sudden I was just a face in the crowd. It was humbling. I shifted my major a few times before studying history – which closed some doors (such as medical school) and opened others (like journalism).
Half of my degree is in science and mathematics, but absolutely none of those classes were wasted. It’s the modern economy: We’re going to have many jobs in our lifetimes and need a lot of skills to compete. So be prepared to change course.
good at. A good example is our cover model this month, Isyana Sarasvati. After studying classical music in Singapore and London, she’s returned to Indonesia – to record pop music.
Also look at our article on life on campus in the West.
I liked how one writer spoke about working while studying, which is more common in the US and UK than you may think. I worked as an assistant in a biology lab as a freshman, washing a lot of test tubes! Another student I knew, Fred, worked as a cook in our dorm while he studied physics and astronomy while working in a campus second in command of a submarine in the US Navy.
So you’ll never know what doors will open in college.You might feel lost – which no one likes – but it’s natural. You’ll be pushed outside of your comfort zone over the next few years, but embrace it. Try the unusual. Learn from your mistakes. Look