The takes on study­ing for a Mas­ter’s de­gree

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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.

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