Tri Purnamasari, an alumna of Information Technology President University batch 2011was born and raised in Lhokseumawe, Aceh, Indonesia has dreamed of studying abroad since high school. She chose President University as a stepping stone to study abroad. “First of all, I was looking for a university with English-speaking classes. At that time, there were many choices of universities. But I finally chose President University after seeing the environment and curriculum they provided,” she said.
Her dream of studying abroad came true when she managed to get a prestigious scholarship from the United States, the Fulbright Scholarship in 2018. With intense competition, she managed to get a full scholarship and is currently doing her graduate program in Data Science at Michigan Technological University, USA.
Tri revealed that in preparing for the scholarship application, one of the most important is writing an essay, and how well can one describe themselves in writing. “For example in the Fulbright Scholarship which is a merit-based scholarship, it means the scholarship sponsor will see the achievements as well as the character of the scholarship recipient. From what I see, they pay attention to leadership characteristics. Well, that can be reflected from our essays, or application forms, or through interview sessions, or our experiences,” she said.
According to Tri, one of the main reasons for failing to win a scholarship is the lack of references. In her preparation, she read many articles, information, and sharing sessions from people who have succeeded in getting scholarships abroad and tried to apply those into her preparation process. She also mentioned that research experience is also an important asset for work or postgraduate study.
“If there is an opportunity to do research or write a journal from our lecturer, don’t miss it. This will be a valuable experience in applying the practical theories we have learned,” she said.
With the dream that she kept, she advised all students to never give up. Even at the beginning of her journey, with a new environment and living far from her family, she had almost given up. “In the early semester at President University, I was stressed and thought of giving up. But I was reminded of the dream that I wanted to achieve in the beginning. From that moment I changed my mindset. Nothing is impossible as long as you work hard on it,” she concluded.