If I should describe 2017 with one word, it would be : AWESOME.
Looking back at what have happened this year, I would like to recap some of the most important moment in my life.
It was one day in January 2017, when I just got back from Holyland, I received an email from my -then-prospective supervisor. She attached a letter, mentioning that the doctoral board accept me as a doctoral student. It took quite a long time until I got that acceptance letter. I thought if they did not accept me, then I would start the PhD hunting all over again. My journey to find a PhD position for these past 4 years has finally come to an end and another amazing adventure is waiting!
- Got a full scholarship
This is the first time in my life, I am awarded a full scholarship to fund my study. I cannot describe how grateful I was. It was not an easy thing for me to win this scholarship. I applied for three scholarships at the same time. At first I really hoped that I could get a scholarship from Indonesian government, so that it would be easier for me if I want to go back home and continue working as a lecturer when I complete my study. However, apparently God has another plan for me. I got a scholarship from German government and I am actually do not have any obligations to go back to Indonesia
- Resigned from my job
I had been living in my comfort zone for the past 3 years. I had a steady job and quite good income for a single lady, living in Jakarta. It was a little bit hard for me when I decided to resign. But then, I must pursue my dream anyway. And I would sacrifice my comfort zone for the sake of this dream. I resigned and was jobless for around a month. Haha.
My last year being a twenty-something girl. Yes I’m not that young anymore, but I am beyond grateful with all things that I have achieved these far. So many accomplishments I have made during my twenties. Being 29 also remind me to be more concern about my future, e.g : start seriously looking around for someone potential enough to become my future life partner (read : husband). 😀
This is surreal. This is the most surprising thing that happened to me this year. I have been dreaming of living and studying in Germany since 2012. That’s why I always targeted Germany whenever I applied for a PhD position. I remember I sent more than 20 applications and all of them were rejected. It was the moment when I almost give up when I found a Professor who works exactly in the field of my interest and he offered me a PhD position in Germany. And now here I am. Being a student again in this land of the idea. And I am so happy that now I can communicate in German.
- Conducting a research project in the field of autoimmunity and endocrinology
Few years ago I created this personal goal that I really want to work in those 2 fields. The reason is that some of my family members suffer from diseases influenced by autoimmunity and defected endocrine system. I want to, at least, contribute to find out the cause of the disease, which currently is still unknown. I’ve never expected that I have an opportunity to conduct this research. I even didn’t know that the combination of this 2 fields exists.
- Love life : mission unaccomplished (yet!)
It seems that my love story is the most miserable aspect in my life. I have been getting close with some guys this year, but nothing serious. Yeah, perhaps it’s a bit difficult for a guy to get settled with me – a kind of independent girl with a free soul who is currently still want to explore the world. But, fingers crossed! It takes time, no need to rush. The right person will come at the right time.
So, to sum up this year : God’s timings are always perfect.
I believe 2018 will be filled with much more amazing experiences.