The takes on studying for a Master’s degree
Dias Kinanthi is a passionate young woman who strives for knowledge. She took an associate’s degree in languages and a bachelor’s degree in humanities. Right now, Dias is completing a master’s in the faculty of International Relations at the University of Indonesia.The 27-year-old loves learning, working and having fun at the same time here’s what she had to say. What’s the difference between college and graduate school? Students in an undergraduate program are given a more they have to achieve by the end of the semester.
It’s so much different in the graduate program, due to the shorter study period [two years].The syllabus contains only the themes, so that your time in class is not used to study, but to consult with your lecturers or supervisors instead. It motivates us to learn more independently. Is it harder? Because currently I’m taking a different major, I had to study harder and take extra courses, so that I could decide my specialization in the next semester. Why go in a new direction for your master’s? My major in international relations can lead me in the direction of my future plan to get involved in diplomacy. thesis, which was a structural-semiotic analysis of German foreign policy in the year 2012. In other words, I intend to have a better understanding of what I’m interested in. Why study in Indonesia instead of abroad? I actually planned to study overseas to broaden my perspectives, but I had to cancel this for a personal reason. Hopefully, I’ll be able to pursue my doctorate abroad.
As I go further with my studies in International Relations, I feel grateful that I’m doing my master’s here. Since IR is related to the national interest, I can get a better understanding about the interests of my country and the region surrounding it. How do you manage your time, simultaneously working and studying? I chose work that I can enjoy, so it won’t get me stressed and disturb my studies. But still, deciding to work and study at the same time requires a huge consideration. I have to work in the afternoon and study in the evening.Therefore, I forfeit my free time on weekdays.
Nevertheless, it has a positive impact, too. It increases my focus, both in my work and study. What are biggest opportunities you’ve had as an International Relations student: Volunteering in Russia and India, participating in a Model United Nations and in the Russia-ASEAN Summit 2015 in Vladivostok Can you give us some tips on how to enjoy university life? Reassure yourself about the goals that you want to achieve every day. It will make all the work feel so much easier.
Try activities that support your studies.As for me, I try to take part in international conferences and volunteer abroad.