BANDUNG, unpas.ac.id – Cogito ergo sum: I think, therefore I exist. Widya Gustian Ramadhanty, a student of UNPAS Faculty of Education and Teachning, holds to keep that motto within her life.
She, who is familiarly called Widya, has several times gotten various achievements, especially in writing. Since 2019, she has been active writing essays or scientific research (lit. Karya Tulis Ilmiah (KTI)).
“I really like to write since childhood. I have started to write an essay because my department teacher inspired me to do so. The first time I joined writing competition was around April 2019 and also won for the Runner Up. Since then, I became really addictive to it. Writing is now my concern,” she said when being interviewed on Tuesday (March 16th, 2021).
She thought by writing an essay, she could express her thought through (her) writing. It is more grateful if her writing could be published in the media or send her to win a competition.
Although it is still in the midst of pandemic, Widya does not want to waste her time to create a proper writing. Apart from writing her Bachelor final assignment, Widya has now been busy in preparing her writing for Scopus conference and publication.
“I am now preparing a writing along with the teacher for Scopus and also [preparing] a paper for International Conference on Humanities, Education, Law and Social Sciences (ICHELSS) in Universitas Negeri Jakarta,” she explained.
In writing an essay, she said, there are several things to be focused on. It includes fitting the theme to the essay title, making the content as interesting as possible and making it adjusted to research result.
Not only about Kewarganegaraan, Widya also brings up political and law theme in her writing. She thinks that Pancasila and Kewarganegaraan is not only about curricular activity or a lesson at school, but also contains several aspects.
“Pancasila and Kewarganegaraan is among the community. Therefore, I also bring up political, law, ethnography and culture theme in my essays. Currently, I have been working on the writing on Lamin Dayak Meratus (Dayak Meratus’ traditional house),” she added.
Through her love on essay and scientific writing, Widya could also won several national writing competitions. During 2019, she was recorded to having won Runner Up in the National Writing Competition in Universitas Sarjanawiyata Tamansiswa Yogyakarta and obtained the Golden Scholarship from Japan One Asia Foundation.
In addition to that, she also became one of finalists in the writing competition held by Universitas Lambung Mangkurat Banjarmasin, won 1st place in Poetry Competition in the same university and won 3rd place in Project Citizen Competition in Universitas Negeri Malang.
“Alhamdulillah, in October 2020, I won 1st place in National Essay Competition of Kewarganegaraan in Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta,” she confirmed.
Asked about the strategy to win the competition, she said that there were no special tips or whatsoever. Praying and taking efforts were the most important, as well as preparing the perfect essay, creating an interesting presentation, presenting it clearly and answering judges’ questions as good as possible.
Being a productive and an outstanding student in bipolar-survivor condition does not shrink Widya’s dream to be a professor in a university. She is always ambitious and friendly, even wants to get Magister Degree, as soon as she graduates the Bachelor one.
“I am ambitious, optimistic and perfectionist, but I also likes to know people. My dream is to become a professor, in foreign country, if possible. Although I have bipolar disorder which makes my mood up and down, but it is the one thing that makes me to be successful,” she said.
She suggested students in all universities to continue improving their potential, because everyone has their own strengths.
“Do not make the mood as an excuse for being unproductive. As students, we must be aware of our rights and obligation. Be aware of your potential, and let us grow,” she closed. (Reta Amaliyah S)*