Sebuah Cerita Awal Perjalanan

Alhamdulillah.. Siang ini (26/3), di Laboratorium Mikrobiologi Laut jadi saksi sepotong kebahagiaan di dunia fana ini. Ketika sedang melakukan pembuatan medium agar dengan menggunakan Potato Dextrose Agar (PDA), tiba-tiba handphone hitamku berbunyi nyaring. Lagu Bruno Mars mengalun kencang. Saya ambil handphone tersebut, dan nomor handphone dengan kombinasi angka yang ganjil terlihat di layar. +62312xxxxx. Aneh. Tak lama, kuangkat telpon tersebut. Berharap bahwa saya memenangkan undian yang beberapa kali saya kirim ke sebuah koran di kota Jakarta. Perkiraanku salah. Seseorang yang bernama Esti menanyakan apakah saya yang bernama Atrasina Adlina. Saya hanya mengiyakan. Dan tiba-tiba ia mengumumkan sesuatu yang membuat saya terkejut. “Selamat ya, anda telah lolos seleksi untuk mengikuti Program Global Environmental Issue. Program kali ini akan berlangsung di Hawaii. Keberangkatan tanggal 18 Mei – 23 Juni 2013”. Sontak, saya hanya diam dan terus mengiyakan apa yang mbak Esti katakan. Hingga pada akhir pembicaraan di telepon, saya pun meloncat dan berteriak kegirangan. Tak lupa sujud syukur saya panjatkan kepada Allah SWT. Kata-kata Mbak Esti yang masuk ke dalam indera pendengaranku seakan terus terngiang… Alhamdulillah…

Tapi, keberangkatan ke Amerika tak hanya melulu soal liburan. Toh, perjalanan selama lima minggu akan saya isi dengan berbagai hal. Ini adalah hal-hal yang akan saya lakukan selama di Hawaii. Bismillah….
Program Description:

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders are intensive academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.  The Institutes will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.  The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities. The Institutes will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week.  During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.

The four week academic residency will explore the role that environmental policy has played in the economic and political development of the United States.  The Institute will use experiential learning techniques to expose participants to current themes in the field, including natural resource management, sustainable development/sustainable agricultural practices, food security, ecotourism, energy generation (new and traditional forms), and water management and treatment.  The issues will be explored from numerous angles: local grassroots activism and civic initiatives, market-oriented approaches, and federal government policies and regulation.  Finally, the Institute will explore environmental issues in the context of a globalized society, and draw comparisons between the United States and the participants’ home countries.  Students will also have the opportunity to leave the classroom to meet with community leaders, and representatives of non-profit organizations.  The academic residency will be complemented by an educational tour that will take participants to another area of the U.S. where they will meet with local, state, private, and nonprofit organizations working in the field.  

Buat teman-teman yang kemarin berusaha ikut SUSI dan belum berhasil. Selalu ada jalan di balik sebuah kejadian. Tak boleh kecewa karena tak mendapatkan apa-apa, mungkin Allah SWT sedang menunda yang terbaik buat kita… (teringat kejadian seleksi KKN ke Jepang tahun 2012…)
Saya ucapkan selamat kepada empat partisipan dari Indonesia yang akan jadi tim saya di Hawaii nantinya.. Let’s work together, guys.. 😀
Ahmad Anhar Syahputra (Universitas Riau), Imam Hidayat (Unhas, (ku kenal ji ini..hahaha.)), Rida Nurafiati (UGM), Willian Alex Ginardy (Univ Petra Christian). and also Congratulation to Mega Irawan (Hubungan Internasional Unhas) yang lolos untuk New Media in Journalism.. 
Semangat! Ganbatte Kudasai….
P.S : Terkadang manusia tidak sadar dengan setiap surprise yang diberikan oleh Tuhan. 

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3 Comments

  1. selamat ya…:D
    semoga kita bisa jadi tim yg solid..
    eh nama ku salah ketik sis, harusnya William…:D

    William

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