Alhamdulillah… Perjuangan saya untuk melanjutkan studi terjawab pada 18 Mei 2012 lalu. Aplikasi saya untuk menuntut ilmu di Formosa diterima :D. MaasyaAllah…
Sekedar berbagi pengalaman dan cerita. Niat saya untuk melanjutkan studi telah saya mantapkan sejak setahun yang lalu. Maka, dalam kurun waktu 6 bulan terakhir, saya persiapkan segalanya; tes TOEFL, research plan, motivation letter, dsb.
Sekitar bulan Februari 2012, seorang kawan menginformasikan kepada saya perihal Taiwan Scholarship. Karena saya memang berminat dengan regional Asia Timur, jadilah saya bersemangat 45 untuk melanjutkan studi di sana.
Untuk aplikasi beasiswa Taiwan, para pelamar diminta untuk mendaftar ke salah satu Universitas di sana. Aplikasi ini dilakukan secara terpisah. Setelah beberapa waktu meriset, jadilah saya menetapkan hati untuk studi di International Master’s Program in Asia Pacific Studies (IMAS) di National Chengchi University (NCCU) yang terletak di Taipei.
Setelah berjibaku dengan segala kelengkapan dan persyaratannya, alhamdulillah pada 30 Maret 2012 saya bisa mengirimkan aplikasi ke NCCU tepat waktu. Dan, akhirnya, Alhamdulillah, yang ditunggu-tunggu akhirnya datang. Hasil seleksi penerimaan mahasiswa NCCU diumumkan pada 18 Mei 2012, dan syukur tak terkira, nama saya tercantum di daftar tersebut :).
Dan kejutan dari Nya berlanjut. Tiga hari setelah pengumuman NCCU, saya mendapat email pemberitahuan dari komite Taiwan Scholarship, bahwa saya menjadi salah satu kandidat penerima Taiwan Scholarship 2012. Alhamdulillah…
Nah, di dalam postingan ini, izinkan saya untuk berbagi contoh esai yang saya kirimkan ke Admission Office of National Chengchi University (NCCU), Taipei. Esai yang diminta NCCU, terdiri dari 3 pertanyaan.
Tentunya, hampir semua aplikasi universitas maupun beasiswa akan meminta hal yang sama; motivation letter dan sejenisnya. Maka, semoga tulisan saya ini dapat memberikan gambaran untuk rekan-rekan yang sedang atau akan mengajukan aplikasi.
Oya, imho, apabila membuat motivation letter, buatlah se-personal mungkin. Karena masing-masing orang memiliki kekhasannya. Jadi, tiap orang “semestinya” memiliki motivasi dan pengalaman yang berbeda :). Sehingga, saat membuatnya, esai kita bukanlah template esai motivasi yang copas dan normatif. Gali dan tanyakanlah pada diri sendiri apa yang menjadi motivasi rekan-rekan untuk studi di sana. Kaitkan dengan pengalaman selama ini dengan life plan kita ke depan 🙂
Selamat ber-refleksi diri dan menuangkannya dalam bentuk tulisan ya :)! Mari bersama berjuang dalam menuntut ilmu dan menyebar kemanfaatan darinya 🙂
1. Describe your short-term and long-term career goals and explain how your past experience together with an IMAS degree from NCCU will contribute to your achieving them. (1000 words maximum)
My previous education was International Relations (majoring East Asian studies) and post-graduate program of Japanese Studies. Since the beginning, I have strong passion and curiosity on East Asian studies in interdisciplinary context. As we know that this regional has a very great history of civilization. Furthermore, many scholars mentioned that the countries in this region will be the next world’s main power as it shows many developments in many sectors; not only in the term of ‘hard diplomacy’? but also the ‘soft diplomacy’?. To support this passion, I also learned Chinese, Japanese and Korean language for helping me to communicate and understand the society in this region.
I have very high curiosity and passion on how international people relate each other through many kinds of interaction, communication and cooperation in the term of interdisciplinary studies. Furthermore, in this globalization era, international relations are not dominated by the state actors anymore but already spread to grass-root actors (multi-track diplomacy). I want to connect and build up my international networks, and also promote Indonesia ‘ Taiwan’s relations through education.
For my career goals, I want to be a lecturer and researcher with East Asian expertise. I have a strong commitment to realize the concepts of education; 1) emphasizing knowledge, 2) growing the maturity and 3) developing the good manners. Of course, to be a good lecturer and commit with those concept, I have to increase my quality of knowledge and research. Beside of being a lecturer and researcher, in the future I want to be the head of international office in my institution. Nowadays, building up and maintaining an international network between the educational institutions is highly needed, especially in this more globalize world. My mid-long term goal is developing the Taiwan-Indonesia’s relations and cooperation, not only in political, economical, and security aspects, but also in cultural aspects.
When I read this program, I found that IMAS NCCU has a comprehensive curriculum on Asia Pacific Studies, specifically in East Asian Studies, that is suitable with my study focus and passion. That is why; I am highly motivated to continue my study in IMAS NCCU Taiwan. Having an IMAS degree from NCCU will help me to broaden my perspective and knowledge, and also increase my capability to be a qualified lecturer and East Asian studies expert. Furthermore, Indonesia and Taiwan relations are still developing and I do hope that in the future it will grow more and more. With my experience studying in IMAS – NCCU Taiwan, it will give me a direct experience and knowledge about Taiwan itself.
2. Based on your current understanding of the IMAS program curriculum, describe your initial study plan. Among other relevant information, please describe your specific research focus or interest, the rationale or motivation for pursuing your research interest, the relationship between your educational or professional experience and your research interest, courses that are related to your interest, and your plan to complete the program within a reasonable length of time. (1000 words maximum)
I am interested in socio-culture. As for my research, I will focus on ethnic development in China, especially how the government manages the minority issues in north-west region of China. So, I want to learn and do a comprehensive research about this topic during my study in IMAS. The reason why I am interested in this topic is because Indonesia has multi-cultural and multi-ethnic background and there are a lot of conflict which caused by it. To get a better understanding and comprehension, it is important for me to do comparison studies.
Having research in this field will give me a vision about how to manage the minority issue. Furthermore, in my opinion there is some similarity between Indonesia and China on it. By comparing the ethnic issue between Indonesia and China, I hope I can have valuable knowledge and understanding, so that it can be implemented in Indonesia to manage the problems. As for the reason why I choose and conduct this research theme in Taiwan is because of the educational atmosphere in Taiwan that is conducive and supportive.
After seeing the IMAS curriculum, I found some courses that are suitable with my study and research focus. Beside of taking the required courses, I will also take the elective courses that are related to my research. Those courses are:
- Chinese Philosophy and Religion
- Ethnic Development of Mainland China
- International Status of Mainland China
- Political Development of Mainland China
- Research Methods in China Studies
- Spatial Development of Mainland China
- Social Development of Mainland China
- Cultural Ethnic Structure of Taiwan
During my stay and study period in Taiwan, I also planning to increase my ability in Chinese language and learn more Chinese culture. As for the length of time, I’m planning to complete my degree in IMAS – NCCU in two years (until mid-year 2014), including for my thesis. Of course, during these two years, I will do my best effort to finish my study on time, without ignoring the quality of my research and study.
3. Please include any other information that you believe would be helpful to the Admissions Committee in considering your application. (500 words maximum)
I have good academic record and achievement, not only in my bachelor degree time in University of Gadjah Mada but also in master degree in University of Indonesia. I ever joined several international events and conferences in Japan, Turkey, Lao PDR, and Thailand, which gives me adaptability skill in multi-cultural and international atmosphere. It also helps me to increase my ability on using foreign language and communication fluency.
I also join several organizational activities which increase my leadership skill, such as; managing work, adaptability, decision making, and initiating action. In my organization, I am responsible to provide scholarship information to the university students and also give some seminars/ workshop to increase their motivation and courage to study abroad. From it, I learn how to develop and coach others. And from my working experience, I got chance to increase my skill on writing and engaging the public through online and printed media, where I responsible for the communication and content management.
Beside of that, I always interested with something ‘new’ such as cultures. So that’s why, during my study in Taiwan, I’m planning to increase my proficiency in Mandarin. In exchange, I would be very happy for introducing and discussing about my origin country, includes its cultures and languages with other students in NCCU.
Indonesia has many diverse cultures inside herself. There are hundreds of ethnic, local languages, and also various traditional customs which is spread in thousands of islands.
In my opinion, by understanding the other cultures and languages, we can communicate and understand each other which can support the people to people understanding. I’m sure by sharing and discussing, these can help us to broaden our perspective and knowledge. The more experience we will have, the more knowledge we will gain. By gaining more knowledge, we can increase our chance to create a better understanding about others.
With those explanations above, I am sure that I am the suitable candidate for the IMAS program. I hope it can be helpful for the admission committee to consider my application. I am really excited and highly motivated to be the part of IMAS ‘ NCCU, Taiwan.