Hot and Cold

18th of December was the last full day I had in the summer school. That day we didn’t have any lecture or project anymore. We packed our things and made sure that we didn’t leave anything left behind. For the lunch our mentor took us for Japanese food and continued to Max Brenner. It was raining, so hot chocolate was the perfect drink for us. After that, we went for shopping and got back to Trinity, to enjoy our last day. Some of us according me spent our whole night in the basement, usually we weren’t allowed to be in the basement after our curfew, but it was our last night and we clearly didn’t want to miss our togetherness for the last time. We all fell asleep, even though around 5 I moved to my room, because I was freezing. On the way to my room, I met my mentor, and he walked me to the building and said goodbye, because he wasn’t sure that he would meet me in the morning. He was right, it was the last time I saw him. It has been great knowing him and the rest of the summer school people. After that, I didn’t get any sleep anymore, my eyes were wide opened until my time was up…

D-DAY

I didn’t know, why time had been moving so fast, it felt like we had just arrived in Trinity for a day, then suddenly we had to go back to our ordinary life and leave the summer school in small amount of time. 17th of December was the d-day. It was the presentation day of our leadership projects. From all the hard work that we had been through to prepare and be prepared for the presentation was going to pay off with the satisfaction and relieve. We were all pretty nervous of what was going to happen and end up for that day. This day was the last day of our lectures, yep we still had to do our lectures, math and science trivia, right before the presentation, hmm what a nice work to put our nervousness in delay, and we sure felt really calm in waiting, it was so calming it gave butterflies in our stomachs that made us wanted to squeeze ourselves as tiny as it could be, well I didn’t really felt that, cause I believed my team, Team Sam, had done pretty well on our preparation and with no doubt, for two weeks of togetherness we did it. All the teams were great. Just imagine before we came to the summer school, we were completely clueless about what was going to happen, but then for only two weeks we spend together we could make such team works that produce so many ideas, or even hidden talents that we may or may not know before.

For the closing, we had Valedictory dinner. We had to wear formal clothes because it was a formal dinner after all. It was a perfect way to end the two weeks summer school, even though we still had one or two days left, but still, it was our last day for the lectures and the leadership project. That night, everybody had to come on time because if we weren’t, it would be disrespectful for the deans and all the important people who would sit with us on the tables in the Dining Hall. Thankfully we all came on time. There were speeches, announcements and performs that filled the night. Two friends of ours had been chosen to deliver speeches about their impression for the summer school and they did wonderful, their words were very touching and sweet and those words were really described what we felt and really happened that past 2 weeks. It made me felt sad; because I’m sure I wanted to stay for another couple of days or maybe a month or more. To our surprised there were also announcements of some nominations that dedicate to the participants for the things that they did during the lat two weeks. Other thing was the announcement for the leadership cup; the winner was the team with the highest score from some activities that we had been through. Maybe we didn’t get the leadership cup, but it didn’t mean we weren’t the best team exist, we surely thankful to be gathered by faith in this team and shared good memories that we will never ever forget, not even in a billion years, better yet in infinity and beyond years, well long story short until the day we die. For that, we are the best team in our own hearts. And in the end of the dinner all the participants received their certificate and a photo of YLSS 2010. O yea almost forgot, I want to tell you what we had for dinner, it was really mouth-watering I warn you. Ok, what we had for dinner were Caesar salad platter with avocado and asparagus for the entry, seared blue eye with asian greens, potato, rosti and lemon beurre blanc or roasted free range chicken breast with lemon and oregano served with oriental cous cous  for the main courses, and the last, but not least were chocolate mousse, pavlova and lemon slices for the dessert. Yum right 😉

Of course there would be something missing without the after party, so guess what! There was an after party. The mentors decorated the JCR to look like a club, so we  dance our guts out all through the night and for sure, that’s the right way to end the night…

Achy Breaky Heart

Finally after we already knew the base things about robot, we actually tried to give real orders to it from the computer, it was a good experience, even though I’m not into robot that much, but at least I didn’t leave with any regretful feeling, it was good to try. The next thing was genetics workshop, I liked it, and it made me feel like I was in one of the CSI cases. We were all wearing the laboratory coats for one of the safety regulations. What we actually did was investigating a forensic DNA fingerprint, observing nuclei in human cheek epithelial cell, observing metaphase chromosomes from Chinese hamster cells, isolation of human genomic DNA and Isolation of green fluorescent protein (GFP) from Escherichia coli. We could take our DNA sample and the GFP in tubes with us, so I did and I still have it until now… Crown cinema night was the next thing we did, but before that, me and my other two friends got in to a very small photo box and squeezed ourselves to fit in. Gosh I really miss you guys. I’m glad we went for the photo box, I really like the result; so sweet, even though it clearly looks like we compelled our faces as hard as it can to be appeared on the camera. After that we went for a dance head box, I didn’t have to describe it, cause I’ll post the result later. Girl when you’re reading this, mark my words: don’t break my achy breaky heart 😉 hahaha. Barbie and Ken I always have you guys in my heart…

Right before we went to the movie to watch Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader 3D, we played laser tag. We were separate into 3 groups; red, green and blue. I was in the green team. In the game my name was Hellfire hahaha. I did pretty well for a first timer. I like it, I wished it could be a lil’ while longer though. After laser tag, we went to watch the movie. I’m not going to talk about the movie, but it was fun, because one of my friends kept making jokes out of it, so yea I enjoyed it with full of laughter.

Tanah Airku Tidak Kulupakan

It was 14th of December and IMAX session was the first thing on our time-table. It’s located at the Melbourne museum and claimed as Melbourne’s 3rd largest screen. We watched Forces of Nature and Hubble 3D. The next thing was lunch, and then we went to NICA for circus training. It was so great; I mean I had never imagined that I would actually do that. I always love circus, and I think circus life is pretty amazing, they all look really happy with what they’re doing, I wish I can do that with my life…When I stepped in to the training studio, it filled with mattresses, trapezes, trampoline, the long tissue thing that made to be climbed and hula hoops. I was kind of hoping that the place would be more like the real circus place, the one I used to watch, the dim space with the spotlight on the circus people who gives a magical impression, but again, it was just my imagination. We started with a very fun warmed up, and then we continued with the training, using the things that I told before. I liked circus, everything about it are so great, the people, the activities, even the surroundings filled the air with excitement… For the night we went out to eat American foods at Misty’s Diner.

The next day we had science excursion, Beyond High school lecture followed with the leadership project and cultural night. I love the cultural night so much. It was really interesting to build up new knowledge of other cultures from every country that represented by us. It was an honor for me to watch and represent it also from what I know about my country. I’m from Jakarta, Indonesia in case if you’re wondering. I and the other Indonesian kids were performing ‘Tanah Air’ song and a lil’ part of Saman dance which is one of the traditional dance from Aceh and we were wearing our traditional clothing; kebaya and batik. There are many other cultures that can be shown by our country. We have around 13.000 islands in Indonesia, and every separate part of places here has their own uniqueness that can be called as cultures.  We were proud to show a glimpse of Indonesia to everybody in the dining hall, even though we hadn’t had enough practice that made us sang 2 pitches higher than it supposed to and did Saman in an instant way; we still had an awesome night. That night was amazing; it felt like I saw the colorful, indescribable beauty of diversity. Every country has their own greatness that made us all proud and amaze with what we really actually have on this world that we live in, the differences that we have are actually the one who drew us together into one.

Lectures


As always I began my morning with breakfast in my favorite dining hall. It was on 9th of December, that day our schedule were pretty tight. Our first activity was doing a geology lecture and workshop by Professor Stephen Gallagher in the first year Lab, McCoy building. We learnt about many things, and then we got to identified 7 specimens, whether there were fossils or not, based on the characteristic feature of each and every specimen.  After that we had lunch and continued with another lecture, it was the introduction to robotics by Darwin Lau in the Rivett Theatre, Redmond Barry Building. We weren’t playing with robots or something like that, at least not yet. What we were doing was getting the idea what is robotics means. As a human being I feel so smart after I heard a couple of explanation by the lecturer. Leadership project was the next thing we needed to do after a short break. Leadership project was a presentation that every group needed to make. Our group chose animal rights for the issue, then we picked Asian elephants as one of the endangered species. We did a lot of things to find everything related to our issue. We tried to collect all the evidence, facts, solution and other things and combined all of that with our thoughts and made the slides out of it to help us representing on the d-day.

After Dinner, we went to the Melbourne Uni Basketball Courts to do Bollywood dancing. It was great… hard, but still great. I never really tried this thing before, even though I was bad in every choreographic activities, I still enjoyed this. Everybody was jumping and shaking everywhere, trying to adjust their moves with the music. It was great for us, especially after a full day of lectures and leadership project we had, so it was kind of refreshing. At the end of the day I felt satisfied with everything. None of us felt left behind, we were all participate in everything and happy to do it. Guess that’s really what this program was trying to do. 

Lucky Me

I was standing in the airport alone as a stranger. My big giraffe pattern luggage was there beside me, accompanied by my other smaller luggage. I looked really small, swallowed by all the swarming people passed through. Strangely I wasn’t scared at all…

Hey everybody, it has been awhile yea. I’m in Australia, Melbourne to be precise. It is really awesome here. Maybe you should know the beginning of this story first.

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Dan Carter, the All Black’s fly half. He started all this beautiful mess, well not literally. I wrote about him on an essay writing competition, cause I’m a big fan of him. The price for the winner was 100% scholarship to get to the Trinity College’s summer school. I always wanted to go to Australia, any part of Australia, so I’m going to make sure that I’m not going to miss any chance to get there, well here for now. Unfortunately I’m lost, but luckily when they picked a name for a lucky draw, my name just came out, then I’ve got the 50% scholarship to the summer school.

The d-day came. I was excited, but also nervous at the same time. I took a flight on 3rd of December from Jakarta to Sydney then I got transit to Melbourne. It was a very long and tiring flight, but well this is what I want, so I can’t complain. I don’t care to be alone, this is a one lifetime opportunity. I just couldn’t miss it. There are many interesting things happen to me on my way to Melbourne, it’s a long story so we can pass that.

From the airport I got straight to Trinity college I arrived on 4th of December, it was a day before the summer school started. On that day there were only few people from us, only half of it I guess. At noon till night the mentors took us to the town and it was beautiful, well at least it’s different from where I came from. I get to know people from other countries too, it’s amazing, and they surprisingly nice and because I came alone I just knocked on someone’s door and tag along. O yea I almost forgot, the next lucky thing that I’ve got is I get to stay in a modern dorm room, which I really comfortable with. I mean not all the room looks like mine, cause in my room I have fan, sink and a working fridge, so yea I am one lucky girl.

On the fifth of December, other students started to swarming in and filled trinity with so many people and cultures from around the world, mostly Asia, but still I was soooo happy. then around 3 we played games, mini games in group, so we can get along with each other more, that was fun. The Trinity College filled with laughter and excitement from us, it was beautiful and on the night later on there was an opening party, with mexican theme, it was so cool, everybody dressed mexican, we ate mexican food, we got paired with another participant to find some answers from the questions on a piece of paper that the mentors gave us, thankfully my partner is very kind, there were pinnatas too and at the end we got to do limbo and macarena dance. After that we were just chillin out then went to bed, and when I went to my room, my roommate already arrived, I was waiting for her. I was glad to see her.

On the 6th of December which is today, we gotta separate into groups based on what world are we studying, well I got the Outer world. The mentors took us to the trinity college and university tour, which I enjoyed so much. After that we went lunch, then we were doing team skilling, it was nice, we got to dance, made creative sentence, made an art work and so on. Then we got to choose an issue for our group project. After we all made our decision we had free times, then we all gathered in the dining room to play some trivia games, it was fun too, but we were all so tired so yea our eyes were like half-open, but over all it was great. That’s it for now. I’ll write again tomorrow, if I can still hold myself together and not passed out… Kidding, see ya soon 🙂