Hi everyone, I am sorry I have leaved this blog for a year. So many stories I have got since I was doing my research at 9th course in university until I have been working in really different field which is AUDIT of bank.
For every detail of my steps will be shared in the next post. Cause it is just the preamble of my new posting in the last year of 2013.
When you take study somewhere on something, one of the biggest goal is graduation. You see, the time is getting near for my friends who are going to come the graduation ceremony day in Balairung. Actually my friends have graduated in July but the graduation ceremony is gonna be held on September 14, 2012. So, I love to say CONGRATULATION for you guys (for the men: Adi, Andi, Asa, Bali, Bimo, Budi, Daniel, Hadi, Hapis, Pandu, Qnoy, and Reza; and for the women: Asef, Chusnul, Decil, Desti, Dewi, Dian, Dila, Disa, Esti, Fai, Helen, Intan, Inna, Irna, Je, Lilid, Linyo, Maris, Michu, Mika, Mimit, Mita, Nia, One, Prily, Putri, Rasti, Resti, Rina, Sari, Tina, Vina Uni) after 4 years studying in Chemistry Department of Universitas Indonesia, after all the experiences you got, after all the dilemma you had, after all the problems came to you, and many more. What about me? Well, me myself personally is still in the process of “preparing” for my happy graduation. I just wish that I will graduate soon (February, 15 2013) amin. Oia, I would like you to remember of this: It is the first step guys. Your title is your modal to get something you always dream it most. Anyhow, I just wish that you will have really great days ahead after the graduation day. The nation awaits you to prove your competency 🙂
Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you’ll make a difference. ~Arie Pencovici
“Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought” Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (Hungarian Biochemist, 1937 Nobel Prize for Medicine, 1893-1986).
Like my friends have done, right now is my time to do my research at laboratory. You know, it has been so long since I wanted to do my research, but I couldn’t be. Hey Gied, Allah has given the right time for you to undertake your research, don’t be sad! Well, my research starts in Ramadhan which is the month to pray, perform good deeds, and of course fast. It is very challenging to me because I have to manage the time and organize it well. It might be pretty hard, but for sure all of my activities in Ramadhan must be done nicely and accurately (amin). Sure, I intend lillahi ta’ala that my research activity is also my worship in Ramadhan.
In this time, I want to share about one of my activities in Ramadhan which becomes the top of my priorities in that month: My Reseach! So, what do you think if you hear about Levulinic Acid (LA)? Any guesses? Bob’s your uncle! (slang words of “that is it!” that I have been knowing from Awais Ali, a friend from U.K., when I met up him in International Cultural Camp 2012).LA (see figure 1 *thesis guideline*), also known as 4-oxopentanoic acid or γ-ketovaleric acid, is a C5-chemical with a ketone and a carboxylic group. bezzzt…
In August 2004, a US Department of Energy report identified LA as one of the “Top Value Added Chemicals From Biomass” on the basis of the feasibility of production, the general utility of the molecule, and its ability to build and transform the marketplace with new families of useful molecules. LA is a highly versatile ‘platform chemical’ that can be converted into a broad variety of value-added fuels and chemicals (http://mainebioproducts.com/default.asp?topic=LVAC).
In short, what I’m gonna do is to convert cellulose from biomass (I use cogon grass (Imperata cylindrica (L.) Beauv.) or in Bahasa we call it with alang-alang/ilalang) becomes LA. Furthermore, I also use Mn-ZSM-5 as solid acid catalyst to give very promising result for the conversion of cellulose to LA. I realize this topic is not easy to do, but I bet I can do it well. Hopefully, in the next part I will share about the result from this research, or at least just the interesting story of my research in Ramadhan hehehe 😀 Oia, I also want to say,
“Marhaban ya Ramadhan1433 H, taqabbalallahu minna wa minkum. Happy fasting everyone, please forgive all of my fault that might be happen between us 🙂“
In order to welcome new students of Universitas Indonesia (UI), batch of 2012, UI has already organized training activities which are called by Student Learning Orientation 2012 (Orientasi Belajar Mahasiswa/OBM). The training is intended that new students can prepare themselves to live the life course, especially in UI. The new students will acquire the skills needed in university such as Collaboration Learning (CL), Problem Based Learning (PBL), Learning Skills (LS), Information Literacy (IL) and Computer Mediated Learning-Information Technology (CML-IT). Those all are given in OBM.
OBM is gonna be held on December 6 to August 11, 2012 (for regular students) and August 27 to September 1, 2012 (for parallel students). For that, UI opened the registration for UI faculty, students, and alumni of UI to be a facilitator (either an instructor or assistant) to deliver content LS and CML-IT. In short, I registered my self as a facilitator of OBM LS. Actually, I had no experiences in teaching as a facilitator at OBM, but yeah I had been a teacher at some courses that focus on how senior high school students can understand chemistry, so this opportunity challenges me to get a lot of benefits (you see, it is not only about how many rupiahs I will get, but also about how I can adapt with new situations). After all, I used to wait for the announcement but it was so long, so actually I have ever forgot about this, until someday my friend, Reza, told me that I was accepted as a facilitator of OBM LS. The table below is a portion of earned facilitators (actually there were 4 classes, class A-D). You see, most of the facilitators are come from psychology students and I am paired with Ristiana Istiqomah (Nana) from psychology 2007.
Well, I just want to tell briefly who Nana is. So don’t judge me there is something, okay? Alright, Nana is a new friend I met through this event. She is smart, cute, and very easygoing. Even though, I guess, she is a kind of childish woman, but I am always feeling matched with her. She has graduated in 2011, and right now she is continuing her post graduate studies in the same faculty. And for this, she had experience to become a facilitator in OBM LS 2011.
OBM LS Facilitators Training has been conducted for 3 days (12-13 and 16 July 2012). On the other words, we had delivered about how facilitators speak properly in class, give instruction, deliver the theories in LS (critical thinking, communication, learning in university, how to learn and listen, etc.), share ice-breaking and energizing games, and so on. So, how about the trainers (I forget their names)? They just monitored us and gave us feedback of how we ought to have been. Sometimes, they divided us into per group to discuss the activities and let some of us perform in the class. Well, actually the training was like a simulation that a spouses of facilitator was teaching in class while other students were acting as new students. We also taught that there are certain conditions of the previous experiences of OBM LS which probably will inhibit the learning, so at least we have already known how to overcome those conditions, like some of new students don’t want to join with each other and so on.
Last Friday, on July 14, 2012, after learning a few of either theories or activities about to hear and to listen from the book given, Nana and I tried to demonstrate our skills in both of them. Well, actually I was nervous because that time was firstly I tried to teach in front of experienced people of OBM LS. Moreover I am not very good at social sciences, but I have prepared everything for the best, hopefully. Yeah indeed, I am very different with Nana, she is psychology student, that is why I am paired with her 🙂
Time flew fast. Last Monday (July 16, 2012) actually was the third meeting of the facilitators training at Faculty of Psychology, UI Depok. It means just waiting for “H-day.” Of course I’m gonna miss this atmosphere of class, the trainers, and the routines such as doing ice-breaker and energizer, sharing with other friends who have given me lots of inspirations in teaching, and also the food :p
However, I realized that we were learning, and everyone also made many mistakes in using teaching strategy or method, such as technical problem, lack of understanding theories, etc., and also from the mistakes we have made, we got lots of knowledge and suggestions. I hope we can teach better and get the spirit of the new students 😀
“Orang boleh pandai setinggi langit, tapi selama ia tidak menulis, ia akan hilang di dalam masyarakat dan dari sejarah. Menulis adalah bekerja untuk keabadian.” (Pramoedya Ananta Toer)
That quote has really made me want to write down for a few experiences about what I got. Yeah, on July 6th-8th, 2012, I was in Lembang, Bandung, specifically in Villa Oktavia, to participate as a delegate in International Cultural Camp 2012. Basically, I joined this camp for refreshing my mind before I would definitely get busy or stressed out about my research at the lab. Oh, I’d better not worry about that. Actually I joined this camp to make new friends and widen my link 🙂
Briefly, International Cultural Camp 2012, which was held by AIESEC Local Committee Bandung, was a series of Cultural Summit 2012’s events where we could have felt the sense of culture through arts, musics, dances, and more exciting things.
At the first time, I was really shocked when I knew that the people there were really come from all over Indonesia and also around the world. Most of the Indonesian delegates were come from Bandung and Yogyakarta. In addition, for the foreign participants, they were come from U.K., Italy, German, Czech, France, Ukraine, Russia, China, Taiwan, and Vietnam. There were about 100 participants (15-25 years old).
Actually, it was my first time to take a part in a camp and throughout this camp, I found out myself living with people there with different backgrounds, such as culture, study, and so on. In short, what I did there were I felt the atmosphere of living diversity; I understood about the importance of cultural understanding; I enjoyed participating in cultural activities (i.g. playing an angklung instrument and dancing Balinese dance and Foreign dances); I implemented the creativity and art skill (i.g. making a kind of handicraft of paper); and I also got experiences about Indonesian and International cultures (both of them really open my mind).
Well, it was a tiring camp but I was happy because I was with my amazing friends. But then we were divided into per group. Actually I forget how many groups there were, but I was in group 2. In group 2, they were Yuricho Billy from Telkom Institute of Technology, Bandung; Aghnia Fasza Destiffany from Agribusiness at Padjadjaran University, Bandung; Sarah Qurrotun Aini from Medicine at Padjadjaran University, Bandung; Mila Octaviani from International Relations at Padjadjaran Univeristy, Bandung; Triyanto Prabowo from International Relations at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta; and a spouses from Bandung that I also forget their names; and a guy from Italy, who got along with everyone, is Federico Piselli 🙂
After that, we discussed about cultural understanding for the case study given. We used to write or draw anything based on the result of our discussion on a piece of paper. On the other hand, we had to be able to yell as loud as we could if we wanted to present our discussion in front of other groups. Unfortunately we were not performing our discussion because our yell was not louder than other groups. One of the things that I remember a lot is when we then used to prepare for the group performance about cultural understanding *if I am not mistaken 😀
to be continued… *I think I will improve this story soon after I find several photos left in my friends 😀
I can not sleep early this last week. It’s not only about studying my thesis, but also looking for some opportunities. I started out as an eager student to attempt my best in overcoming this big obstacle. What was it? I can’t tell you about what it was. I guess, you will know it. In order to fill in my leisure in 8th semester, I have been steadily looking for the opportunities which could lead me to other countries. Yup, since the beginning of the 8th semester, I decided to challenge myself at least getting only one chance to go abroad. In spite of I did not successfully go abroad, I have always had a great effort to step up and reinforce my endless perseverance to keep on trying in other opportunities. And I am always encouraged by my parent to do better as well as try harder. Hope that there are still chances for me and I can post the happy ending of my tangible dreams. Amin ya Allah.
I used to study the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Paper-based Preparation Program (basic-intermediate) at International Language Institute (Lembaga Bahasa Internasional/LBI), Faculty of Humanities, Universitas Indonesia (UI). I took this program when I was in 7th semester. Actually TOEFL is a test of English-language proficiency for nonnative English speakers. This test is usually required when applying to a college or university where instruction is conducted in English. In addition, if I’m not mistaken, there are some government agencies and other organizations that may request TOEFL results in order to assess fluency level of applicants. At TOEFL, there are three sections: listening comprehension, structure and written expression, and reading comprehension. The point is that TOEFL program has made me better than before, especially in structure and written expression section which is comprised some tricks how to review and overcome of style problems in written English. How was about my TOEFL score? It was pretty good score hehe…
Nowadays, I’ve been actively learning at the same institute, but I used not to continue to advance TOEFL, I took English Conversation (EC) program instead. I was wanting this program because I thought I had to be able to speak up fluently. There is 4th level in EC program. So, initially I had to take a placement test, which level of EC I would get. Finally, the result gave me at 3rd level of EC program.
Based on my knowledge that I’ve learned from both of TOEFL and EC programs, I’m always correcting of statuses of my friends either on Facebook (FB) or on BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). The main aim is just to tell the right ones and share what I’ve learned, instead of teaching or even showing them that I’m good guy at English. At first, they welcomed me and didn’t give any complaints, although sometimes they made fun of me in front of other friends indeed. But I didn’t really mind. Until a time that I found my friend’s status which was written in English was really strange. As usual, I used to give some corrections there. Can you guess what I got? Yup, he’s really angry just because of me gave the right ones. I believed that I told it well. But, he yelled me “SOTOY!” Actually it didn’t matter for me ignoring this problem. In addition, I did something quickly before it got worse, yaaaa, I definitely apologized for him. I was afraid if our friendship broke up *It really sounds like too much, but I’m serious.
Am I wrong or arrogant? What should I do? Oh my Lord, if only my friends are knowing my feeling. I think, I’d better be quiet, not correct someone sentence anymore. I’ll inevitably regret if I’ll do it again. Thank you my blog, you make me calm at least for sharing this feeling.