1. Admitted at The University.
Remember when I told you about me being a scholarship hunter throughout 2012? Well. So. Here’s the thing. I was admitted at one of the universities in Australia. I got the IPRS Scholarship to study there.
I also got admitted at one of the university in the USA through the Fulbright programs.
Decision time. Moment of truth.
Saya gak tau, entah kenapa merasa betapa tidak bersyukurnya ya saya ini. Sementara orang ada yang bingung karena gak keterima di mana-mana, saya malah bingung karena keterima di dua tempat.
But yeah. A decision has to be made anyway.
I did cry after I clicked the “Decline” button on the scholarship offer.
I did cry a little when I sent the e-mail to the committee of the other scholarship, telling them that I accept the offer.
I did have doubt on myself about my own decision of choosing the more difficult path.
But I do not have doubt that God will still be with me.
Bismillah. Semoga ini memang keputusan terbaik :”).
Pre-Departure Orientation ini semacam pengarahan bagi para Fulbright grantee. A priceless experience. Considering these facts:
- The inspiring and enlightening speech from Pak Anis Baswedan. About how we should share our experience. Because sometimes we just don’t realize that we do have a chance to be inspiring for other people. So yeah. I made a pledge to myself, I’ll write more on my upcoming journey =)
- Making new friends! Awww… It’s just… fun. And nice. Meeting these wonderful people. Beberapa memang udah pernah ketemu waktu interview dan atau tes iBT dan GRE. Tapi ada beberapa yang sebelumnya cuma ketemu lewat grup di FB atau Twitter atau blog. Bahkan di tengah acara pun, kadang-kadang saya ngeliatin isi ruangan. Thinking, is this for real? Me, being a part of these great awesome people? And me being insecure, suka mikir. Oh, God This is not real. I am not that good. Not as good as them. Apalagi kalo dibandingkan sama yang keterima di Harvard itu. Beuh. Berasa saya ini cuma sebutir garam di lautan Atlantik. Still, it’s just so nice to make friends with these people, and I feel so blessed to have the chance to meet them.
- Staying at a fancy hotel (Sheraton!). Dan entah kenapa, sementara yang lain satu kamar untuk berdua, saya sekamar sendiriiii…. Hiks. Antara seneng karena berasa mewah banget, tapi juga sebel karena sepi =(
Fotografer acaranya ganteng kuadrat.
3. End of Season
Last season, jagoan saya menang semua. Manchester City juara BPL (dan menangnya itu drama abis! Awww….). Real Madrid juara La Liga. Chelsea juara Liga Champions.
City ends up at second position. And the bitter defeat at Wembley at the FA Cup (saya bad mood selama hampir seminggu). Not to mention our horrible performance at UCL. Real Madrid berminggu-minggu betah aja di posisi 3 (walopun akhirnya ends up at second juga sih). And of course, I still have this urge to cry tentang kekalahan di semifinal UCL. La Decima yang tadinya terasa begitu dekat pupus begitu saja.
Okay. Chelsea menang European League. Tapi tetep. Oh well, at least Juan Mata betul-betul bersinar di season ini.
Tapi toh, season ini bikin saya semakin sadar. Supporting a team does not only mean that you cheer for them when they’re winning. It’s about still have your head and chin up and say how proud you are with the team, even in the worst of the season.
I am still a loud, proud, and loyal supporter of Manchester City. Together we are City. City till I die!
And thanks to Tumblr, menyenangkan sekali menemukan sesama Citizen :”). Secara kekna susah banget nyari supporter Citizen di Indonesia, apalagi di Banjarmasin –“
Selain itu, one thing about being a Citizen, it’s not just about the game. It’s the supporter. After the defeat in Wembley, saya tracking posts tentang City. And guess what? 90% about the posts are showing their respect to Wigan, and admitting that we played not well enough to win it.
And of course, I am still a Madridista. White blood in my vein, pure football in my heart :).
Jadi semoga saja UCL season mendatang tidak lagi menempatkan City dan Madrid dalam satu grup -_-. Really, it broke my heart to see the game. Tapi tetep dong, unforgettable moment banget waktu leg pertama City vs Madrid di Santiago Bernabeu, pas David Silva subbed off and he walked out off the pitch, he got a standing ovation from the people in Bernabeu. Even until now I still got the shiver :)
4. Reading and Writing
I’ve told you that I am taking request in football fic. Dan seminggu saya bisa ngerjain antara 4-6 one-shot alias cerpen. Ada saat dimana saya ngerasa so happy to know that people who requested like the one-shot that I’ve written for them. Tapi juga sering kok saya baca punya orang dan tiba-tiba ngerasa frustrasi. Why the hell I'm doing this? I’m nothing compared to those people. Compared to them, my writings are crap (insecure me being insecure). But still, dengan insecurenya saya, tetep aja saya nulis. Ahahahahaha….
On the other hand, as I am doing the writing quite a lot, reading speed saya untuk baca buku jadi menurun –(Sampai minggu ini, saya baru selesai membaca sekitar 20 buku. Mulai hopeless baca Cloud Atlas, karena membosankan sekali. The last book that I finished was Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. Dan nyesel. KENAPA SAYA BARU BACA JOHN GREEN SEKARANG SIH? *sobs*
He writes so beautifully. So beautifully that I cry and read some lines and then cry again and read the lines again.
I seriously start to have this hopeless crush on this man:
Juan Manuel Mata Garcia.He’s perfect that it feels unfair that he exists and being just perfect.
I mean, he did a journalism degree when he was in Spain (he used to play for Valencia, along with Silva (!!!) and Villa). And now he’s doing a degree in business and advertising. He likes Murakami’s books. He likes Coldplay. His favorite actor is Woody Allen. And. He runs a blog where he writes about his thought regularly.
Oh. And of course. He has a perfect look.
People, this is just so unfair. A perfect person like him should not be alive as his perfection can kill.
Still, this person that has that
David Josue Jimenez Silva.Thank you so much for being my perfect life-ruiner.
Okay, so now that’s a (long) recap of May for me.
So, hello, June =)