Satu Tahun Berjalan, Bisa Berkunjung ke Negara Jepang

Akhirnya keinginan itu terwujud. Aku pergi ke Jepang. Aku tak percaya. Kupikir ini sebuah mimpi belaka.

Sudah hampir satu tahun aku belajar di UGM. Katanya, universitas ini adalah universitas sangat bagus  di Indonesia. Aku patut berbangga. Tapi, hura-hura itu hanya sementara. Aku tidak mau hanya berkuliah saja-belajar, berkegiatan dan sudah. Padahal, aku punya impian besar. Aku ingin go international. Ah, tapi nyatanya tak banyak kesempatan. Kesempatan ke luar negeri hanya untuk mereka yang belajar di program sarjana. Aku kan diploma.

Ini tentang mimpi. Ini tentang keyakinan.

Di suatu hari, leptop daringku tertuju pada satu halaman. Aku buka pelan-pelan. Ada sebuah kesempatan di kancah internasional. Ya, kesempatan itu untuk mahasiswa diploma. Syaratnya tidak menyulitkan. Tapi ternyata, itu sudah melewati batas deadline. Bagaimana ya? Sekali lagi, ini tentang mimpi yang perlu segera diwujudkan. Aku mantapkan hati untuk mendaftar dan konfirmasi ke narahubung yang tertera di informasi halaman.

Pemberkasan yang bisa dibilang mudah, sudah lengkap. Aku mulai kumpulkan tekad untuk sesi wawancara dengan wakil dekan. Ternyata, wawancara tidak sesulit yang aku bayangkan. Aku yakin, aku  bisa menjadi salah satu dari tiga orang yang berangkat ke Jepang.

Cukup singkat. Siangnya, aku ditelpon bahwa aku akan berangkat ke Jepang. Dua mahasiswa lainnya adalah Tiffany (Rekam Medis) dan Lydia (D4 Alat Berat). Kami mengurus paspor dan visa bersama. Waktu yang tidak banyak tidak membuat kami putus asa. Hanya 3 bulan, persyaratan kami ke acara International Student Organizing Committee (ISOC) di Jepang akhirnya lancar.

Sampai di Jepang, kami menjumpai banyak hal menarik yang berbeda dari apa yang biasa kita lihat. Sesudah berjalan-jalan di sore hari, kami bersiap bertemu mahasiswa lainnya dari Taiwan, Hongkong, Malaysia dan Jepang.

Hal utama yang kami kerjakan adalah membicarakan acara International Symposium on Technology for Sustainability (ISTS) dan keberlanjutannya. Itu mengapa, fakultas Sekolah Vokasi (SV) UGM mengirim 3 mahasiswanya ke sana dengan beberapa tujuan. Pertama adalah networking agar bukan hanya pihak SV yang sudah resmi bekerja sama tapi juga dari mahasiswa. Kedua adalah diskusi. Di sana, kami berdiskusi tentang persiapan acara ISTS di Taiwan. Ketiga adalah friendship. Di acara ISTS nantinya, panitia dan peserta tidak hanya dari satu negara melainkan dari beberapa negara yang punya budaya dan pola pikir yang berbeda. Itu mengapa, acara ISOC ini diadakan agar mereka bisa mengatasi benturan budaya yang sangat mungkin ada.

Jadi, bukan seberapa sulit tapi seberapa siap mewujudkan mimpi. Keberhasilan itu akan datang jika ada kesiapan dan kesempatan. Namun, energi negatif beruapa sikap pesimis dan menyalahkan keadaan bisa jadi mucul, tanpa disadari. Itu semua adalah penghambat. Buang jauh-jauh, fokuskan apa yang sudah terprogram di pikiran.

 

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Ketidakjelasan yang Berujung pada Kebersamaan

Pagi itu (14/02) terasa berbeda dari sebelumnya. Waktu sudah menunjukkan pukul 06.00 WIB, tapi matahari belum juga muncul dari ufuk timur. Aku pun heran. Berbagai aktivitas di pagi hari sudah aku kerjakan. Namun, waktu dhuha tak kunjung datang. Ku buka jendela kamar ku. Aku melihat warna oranye dari kejauhan. Terasa aneh. Rasa penasaran ku yang memuncak aku lanjutkan membuka pintu belakang. Ternyata semua berwarna abu-abu.Abu Vulanik

Perasaan takut dan khawatir muncul seketika. Apakah gunung Merapi meletus? Bergegas, aku membangunkan teman satu kontrakan yang masih damai di alam mimpinya. Mereka pun juga panik setelah mengecek keadaan di luar. Kami berlanjut mencari info lewat sosial media. Ternyata, gunung Kelud meletus yang abunya terbawa angin sampai ke Yogyakarta.

Seketika itu, tak ada sedikitpun rasa urung melanjutkan agenda ku hari itu. Justru aku semakin tertantang melihat kondisi yang ada keluar. Mengenakan jas hujan lengkap dengan masker dan kaca mata, aku mengayuh sepeda menuju gelanggang UGM, sanggar Pramuka. Saat perjalanan, aku melihat kondisi yang tak lazim. Sungguh, tidak ada manusia yang keluar dari rumahnya. Warna abu-abu pun mendominasi. Semua berubah jadi abu-abu (baca: tidak jelas).

Sesampainya di sanggar Pramuka, aku bertemu dengan beberapa orang dengan penampilan yang tak wajar. Sangat kusam. Ternyata, mereka baru saja membagikan masker gratis ke pengguna kendaraan di jalan. Sungguh luar biasa melihat jiwa sosial mereka. Mudah-mudahan bukan atas nama sosial media.

Agenda tak terencana kala itu adalah bersih-bersih gelanggang dan bundaran dan bagi-bagi masker gratis ke pengguna jalan di beberapa portal fakultas. Kegiatan bagi-bagi masker gratis dikoordinir oleh Unit Kesehatan Mahasiswa (Ukesma) UGM. Pada waktu itu, saya dan pasangan (lupa namanya mbak siapa) membagi-bagikan masker secara gratis di portal masuk fakultas kedokteran. Namun, karena hanya ada seglintir orang yang masuk, kami berpindah di pinggir jalan depan RS Sardjito. Singkat cerita, dua pack masker yang kami bawa habis.

Teringat, sebelum berangkat membagi-bagikan masker, ada Ustadz Keliling yang juga sedang ikut berbagi, yakni makan siang. Aku terima saja dua bungkus makan siang tersebut. Setelah membagikan masker di RS Sardjito dan portal bunderan, baru sempat aku makan nasi bungkus dari Ustadz keliling itu. Ustadz tersebut bernama Ustadz Maulana. Beliau sangat terkenal di kalangan mahasiswa UGM. Itu karena metode dakwah blusukannya, langsung pada sasaran. Mendengar berita dari kakak tingkat, bagi laki-laki dan perempuan yang sedang asyik ngobrol berdua, tapi belum punya ikatan pernikahan, maka Ustadz Maulana akan berdakwah melalui cara blusukannya.

Kembali lagi ke hujan vulkanik, bersih-bersih gelanggang dan bunderan berlagsung beberapa hari. Masalahnya adalah banyaknya abu yng menumpuk di setiap sudut tempat yang dapat menganggu jarak pandang dan pernapasan. Bersama-sama dengan UKM-UKM di gelanggang, kami gotong royong mengumpulkan debu dan membungkusnya di karung putih. Adapun alat kebersihan yang kami bawa adalah sapu lidi, sapu kelud, engkrak, sekop, karung dan peralatan sederhana yang bisa memudahkan.

Abu vulkanik masih bisa bertebaran walaupun sudah satu bulan setelah letusan. Daun-daun yang hijau terlihat abu-abu, genteng, tanah dan seakan berada pada masa ketidakjelasan. Terlihat beberapa warga dusun desa rutin mengadakan kerja bakti bersih-bersih kampung dari letusan abu vulkanik. Pun civitas UGM. Ada hikmah dari setiap kejadian. Hari Valentine yang sudah dinanti oleh banyak kalangan, berakhir pada ketidakjelasan. Penuh dengan abu-abu.

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Effective Tips to Manage My Finance

Hello! My name is Wirda. I am currently a second-year student of English study program in Gadjah Mada University. My college is located in Yogyakarta, whereas I live in Demak, Central Java. At my first year, I lived in a rent house. But, because I found that there was an Islamic boarding school, I decided to move there. At that moment, I found many differences how to organize myself between living in a rent house and an Islamic boarding school. But, I would like to say that the main different is how I manage my finance. There are three tips that I use to manage my finance; have a Daud fasting, practice a simple life style and find a job.

The first thing I do to manage my finance is doing a Daud fasting. A Daud fasting is a Muslim way to get closer with God by doing fasting in a day and the day after the next day respectively in a duration time that has defined. For example, I do fasting on Monday and I will do fasting again on Wednesday continuously in a year. From this tips, I only will spend my money to eat on the day I do not fasting because actually I have a dinner in my boarding that has provided meal for every students there in the evening.

The next is to apply a simple life style in a daily life. It means that I will not to be a hedonic person. As we know, globalization has changed many people life style. Western brings many influences of Eastern life style. I would like to say that it’s not totally wrong, but I would like suggest that Eastern should not lose their identity by this changing. For example, a shopaholic is not an Eastern lifestyle. But currently, I find my friends who are really crazy to go shopping. Thus, I choose to not follow that mainstream. I’d rather allocate my finance to complete my academic needed. Simply life is easy. It is a self-management. Priority of each person is different.

The last is finding a job. A college student, like me, has spare time outside the lectures. Many of my friends use their spare time by working part time job. For example, Kristi, who becomes a waitress in a coffee shop and Nurul, who has an online shop.  Just like me, I become an elementary teacher every Saturday. Besides I can practice my teaching skill, I also can afford salary by doing my hobby as a job.

In summary, I do a Daud fasting, simple life style and a part time job as the three tips that I can do to manage my finance. However, those trip can be suitable for college student if they have a simply life principal, just like mine. It can be start by having a good self-management to have an effective finance management.

 Yogyakarta, 13 April 2015

To Feel Alive

“You don’t have to change the world in order to have a meaningful life. You don’t always have to do things that are extreme and unbelievable and outside of the norm in order to feel alive. You can feel alive just by acknowledging your own worth and the worth of everyone around you.”

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Being out of the box is a dream for some people, including me. But, it makes me trapped on a difficult situation to compare myself with others. Thus, I will not allow myself to be someone else because I have something that cannot be imitated by others. Sometime I consider myself to feel alive as my own without thinking of others’ opinions. As my recent time I have passed, I am a typically someone who cannot live monotony. I want to do things out of the box because I know that it is too common having a life like them.

Fortunately, it does. I make up my life. I am not like people in my village, people in my family even people in my study program. I am different with them. That is one of my ways to feel alive. When I try to interact all the repetitiveness as their own, I cannot feel alive. I feel losing parts of my life. For instance, I was involved all the activities in Scout UGM last year, I felt happy there. But then, I considered that I could not do more than myself challenges. However, when I decided to live in a different way by the monotony in boarding house and college, so did I. Thus, I think I need to integrate all things that make me feel alive. Put things together. All my activities are related to one another.

“Jumping out of a plane is remarkable. So is quitting your job and moving across the country, or traveling the world and living out of a backpack for several months. But these are not the only things that make you brave. These are not the only things that signify that you’re living your life right. These are not the only things that give your life meaning.”

I plan to Featured Image -- 366move across the country every year. I and mostly people think that it is a remarkable. So is my journey to Japan. That is my dream and most people. However, it has changed my mind after coming back from there. It is not about how many times I go abroad, but how many changes I have made for myself and others. Honestly, there are many plans to come back to Japan as my future plans. But, it is not about having a seminar and going around the cities, it’s more about the Muslim life as the minority, that they can take a prayer like here. Not only Japan, but I plan to go to Europe. I am sure, it will not easy as I write and post this story, but that significant dream, I will start by gathering phrases into sentences, like now.

Nowadays, the environment of making achievements are showed up. Students in college will do this and this in order to complete the requirements or just to feel a live. For instance, I, a common student, was challenged to compete with other students in an achievement student awarded or Penghargaan Mahasiswa Berprestasi of UGM. After long periods of dreaming, from a way that I have never expected, I became a candidate to be with them, achievements students in UGM. Pessimistic has changed my life, that everyone life should be surrounded by an optimistic, that you can follow your dream (read: the power of dream). The way you live your life is doing your best, for your life and your surroundings, primarily for Allah, The Most Glorified and The Most High.

In summary, feeling a live by people is different. They can do remarkable or ordinary things that make them alive. However, every option and action that we do, will signify others that we are all part of life in the different ways to feel alive.

Yogyakarta, 14 April 2015

Reference:

http://thoughtcatalog.com/kim-quindlen/2015/04/you-have-more-choices-than-being-either-boring-or-extraordinary/

Istighfar and Tauhid Words

(الدرس التاسع فى التو بة)
قا ل الله تعا لى : وتوبوا الى الله جميعا ايها ا لمؤ منو ن لعلكم تفلحون, قال تعا لى: استغفروا ربكم ثم تو بو ا اليه, وقا ل تعا ل تعا لى: يا ايها الذين ا منوا الى الله تو بة نصو حا.
1425- و قال رسو ل الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: ان الله يبسط يده بالليل ليتوب م سئ النهار, ويبسط يده بالنها ر ليتوب مسئ اليل, حتى تطلع الشمس من مغربها.رواه مسلم
1426- من تاب قبل ان تطلع الشمس منمغربها تا ب الله عليه.رواه مسلم

Kandungan Hadist:
Sebagai manusia ciptaan Allah yang hidup di dunia dengan penuh ujian dan coba, manusia tak pernah luput dari dosa. Maka dari itu, Allah meminta kita sebagai hamba-Nya, agar senantiasa bertobat, mengucap istighfar. Sesungguhnya tidak ada dosa yang luput dari pengampunan-Nya jika manusia bersungguh-sungguh bertobat pada Allah. Namun, tidak hanya istighfar untuk bertobat pada Allah. Pun manusia perlu bertekad tidak mengulangi dosa-dosa yang sering dilakukan. Oleh karena itu, butuh istighfar dibarengi dengan tekad tidak mengulangi dosa. Insya Allah, pintu maaf akan terbuka sebelum datangnya hari kiamat dan kematian tiba.
Terlebih bagi hamba yang berpuasa Daud. Dengan mengistiqomahkan dzikir istighfar dan tauhid setelah shalat fardhu 100x, insaya Allah mereka adalah orang-orang yang selalu dinaungi keberuntungan di dunia dan akhirat. Sesungguhnya setan itu sangat takut pada manusia yang selalu menjaga dzikirnya dari bacaan istighfar dan tauhid. Bagi seorang santri yang menjadi mahasiswa, malam hari adalah waktunya berdzikir setelah seharian berada di kampus yang sangat mungkin melakukan banyak dosa, karena Allah selalu membuka pintu taubat setiap malamnya. Itulah waktu yang tepat untuk berserah diri pada Allah.

As the human who lives in the world that contains many obstacles and trials, they never can avoid the sins. Thus, Allah asks us to take apologize by saying isthghfar word. In truth, every sin will get His forgiveness if human has strong intention to take apologized to Allah. But, it is not only istighfar word to His forgiveness. They also need to make sure that they won’t repeat their sins again. It means that by saying istighfar word then complete with a strong intention to not doing the same sins again.
Especially, people who do Daud fasting. By doing dzikir istighfar and tauhid word 100x after 5 times prayers, insya Allah they are full of fortune for their live now and beyond. In truth, Satan are very afraid of people who always say istighfar and tauhid. For santri who become a studnet, evening is the times for Allah after a day do the activity in the campus that is very possible to do many sins, because Allah opens the forgiveness door every night. For those who want to close with Allah, do the night prayer is the right time.
Yogyakarta, 24 March 2015

A Santri Who Become A Student

بسم الله الر حمن الر حيم

          A story begins from a 2-year-student who has decided to be a Santri[1] one year ago.  At that time, she was bound up several campus events and organizations which are contrast with her position as a Santri who have to recite the Holy Quran and come to Madrasah Diniyah[2] at 8 – 9 in the evening. However, she tried to do both with all her capability as a student, santri and committee. But, life wasn’t flat enough as she thought. She couldn’t focus on what she did, therefore she got troubles at every place she met i.e. late comer on attending the Holy Quran reciting, being a hurried committee on attending a late evening meeting, etc. By those experiences, at the next semester, she was getting started to focus at particular position that is being a Santri. The reasons why she decided to be a professional Santri who study at college may include her intention to live as a Santri, the good Islamic atmosphere to become a Muslimah[3], and the duty of a Muslim to teach people about Islam.

            The intention to live as a Santri is about the mainly reason of her. Just like the hadith said that everything should be started by an intention. When I was in junior high school, my parents and brother asked me to live in an Islamic Boarding House while studying at SMP N 2 Demak. They also offered me to wear scarf. But, as an ordinary girl who didn’t understand a lot about Islam, I just ignored what they said. I didn’t wear scarf nor did I live in an Islamic Boarding House. Until when I was twelfth grader, I was trying to be santri. However, some obstacles were come. It’s caused by me who didn’t have a strong intention. For instance, I was afraid to get a trouble of secondary school academic result, thus I postponed it but I have lived in my math teachers for two weeks. That is why, in a college life that I imagine I would become an activist, it’s totally change. Be a santri is main duty. It needs a big intention.

            After living with santri at Inayatullah, it’s a right place to get an Islamic atmosphere regularly. When I would like to compare with my daily activity in a rent house, living in an Islamic Boarding House was a way to balance between the short-term and long-term purpose to live in this planet for the world after life. For example when I just got stressed to think about my assignments and duties or just worrying about what I was doing and my future would be, then I would be free after I was with God. I have God, and God is mine. It’s peaceful. Besides, I was taught how to be a different student with a santri as an identity. My Kyai[4], Khamdani Yusuf, said that santri weren’t student. They were just a pure santri, whose studying at a college. It’s a choice matter but for me, living in an Islamic Boarding House –Inayatullah- is the right place to get an Islamic atmosphere regularly.

            Last but not least, I want to be a good Muslimah who learn Islamic studies as a duty. Like the hadith said that to learn is the duty of a Muslim and Muslimah and the Islamic study was the wajib[5] knowledge. I want to use my life to learn Islam. It’s started now. Just imagining from little thing, when I have children, then they ask me how to read Al-Qur’an well, but in fact, I can’t. Otherwise I live in a place where has a variety of Islam perception, then I do not know the appropriate ways to educate my children. Furthermore, there are a lot people who want to know about Islam. If I do not know what Islam and its content, it means I am lacking of will to learn Islam and ignore to do my duty. Thus, I want to be a good Muslim by knowing the Islam and spreading the beautiful of Islam.

              In summary, santri is the reason to live as a good Muslim. It’s only the process, not the final result. However, being a santri is my life process in a college, needs a good and strong intention, have a good atmosphere at Islamic learning, and chance to learn Islam as a duty of Muslim.

[1] An Islamic student who learn Islam and live at Islamic Boarding House.

[2] An Islamic class with several subjects about the basic Islamic studies (that is attended at 8 p.m class).

[3] A woman Muslim.

[4] A guidance and chief of an Islamic Boarding House.

[5] A law of Islam that something should be done.

Yogyakarta, 11 March 2015

2nd meeting of SIC #1 – Share your Idea

Today I attended at the second meeting of SIC #1. Now on, I feel very blessed. This is how people life has defined by Allah. Wherever and whenever they are, there is a learning that they can build for the better they are.

*Meeting an outstanding  people

Did you know Birrul Qodriyyah and MaliK Khidir?  If you don’t know, you might find it easily on google. They are an outstanding people from my perspective. Two years ago, they were only on my imagination. I’d never dreamed to close with them even work in one project. But now, it’s on my eyes. Who is make it happened? Allah. With Him, I am trying to find myself. By meeting them today, I felt like I am surrounded by people who have the same passion and covered by all things I need.

*The integration of my passion

It’s almost a year I have been in an Islamic Boarding House “Inayatullah”. But it’s not easy for me to integrate Pontren activity with my daily activity at Scout and other committee. At that moment I felt like I have a lot of problems in both. But when I decided being an only santri, I got a problem with myself. It forced me to realize that I was nothing because I wasn’t do anything.

But then, I found that there will be an open recruitment for Santri Inspiration Center. This is Allah’s guide. Until I became the member, I found that it was what I was looking for. It’s totally suitable for me. Not only for becoming a santri, but it is a also becoming a leader who integrate of Islamic studies with the science and knowledge. I am very proud knowing them.

*With بسم الله الر حمن الرحيم

The leader Mas Malik said that all of things he has achieved come with Bismillah. Setting up Stechoq with 2 billions and buying two motor machine with 150 million are the proof. He came with an Islamic approach. He does regularly sunnah. It might be the model of me how Powerful of Allah.
Mas malik motor

Besides those I have written, there are many things that I have learned today. Mas Desta , he brought me to think how things are made from philosophy perspective. An important word of him was the special things from Yogyakarta couldn’t find from the city, but the edges of Yogyakarta. It was never ending and attractive dialogue. He seems very experienced on it.

Thanks for reading.

 

Yogyakarta, 1 March 2015