|With classmates at IKIP Sby|
This was the first time I lived far from my family. I had to live in a lodging house, fortunately there was a friend from the same town who helped me finding the house. I was lucky surrounded by nice and good friends.
I studied here for my Graduate (Strata 1). Actually it was hard for my family to fund my study in the university as my father was only a worker in a factory. However, I had a high motivation to be successful in my life. Thus, I studied hard to pass the UMPTN (Ujian Masuk Perguruan Tinggi Negeri) so that I could attend the state university. Alhamdulillah I could pass the exam and studied in The English Department of IKIP Surabaya. I chose English because since I was in Junior High School I liked English very much.
In this campus I had good friends and even I found someone special. My best friends and I had spent a lot of time to study together, go somewhere together, support each other when someone felt desperate and de-motivated, then we tried to give courage and spirit.
Apart from that, I felt that my study was not so optimal. I didn't know why. My achievement was not very good, but not so bad either. There were too many things on my head, thus I couldn't maximize my score. Besides, there were lots of theoretical things which needed to be processed in my brain without any practices.
Finally, I could finish my study at IKIP Surabaya for 4 years. My IP was only 2.75, but that's OK.....alhamdulillah...